The American Red Cross office in Salina is on the move. According to the agency, the current office located at 145 S. Broadway Boulevard is relocating to the Blood Donation Center at 120 W. Prescott Avenue.
The agency says the move reflects a trend of Red Cross chapters nationwide to better meet the growing demand for services and maximizing donor dollars. By consolidating facilities, the organization can reduce overhead costs of building maintenance and invest more in client services.
“We want to ensure the community that we are still present and providing Red Cross programs and services when needed,” said Central and Western Kansas Executive Director, Becky LaPolice. “The Red Cross is not a building – but a network of volunteers and partner organizations in the community who stand ready to answer the call to service.”
The 7,000 square-foot building on Broadway has been sold as part of the American Red Cross Vision 2020 – an organizational movement to utilize technology and form partnerships to ensure
community needs are met.
“Our regional disaster emergency toll-free line and Hero Care Center remains staffed 24/7. Now, anyone who needs Red Cross assistance has multiple avenues of contacting the Red Cross by telephone, online as well as various mobile applications,” said LaPolice.
Storage of additional disaster relief equipment will be located at Webster Conference Center in Salina, which has been a designated emergency shelter location for several years. Webster Conference Center is part of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists with a shared mission during disaster relief operations.
“We are so proud to have Webster Conference Center as a partner,” said LaPolice. “Community partnerships benefit all and are so much more important during times of crisis when strengthened resources and help are amplified.”
People across the 60 counties of Central and Western Kansas can still depend on the American Red Cross for disaster assistance, lifesaving training, emergency communications and support for
military service members and their families, a safe blood supply for patients in need and support of our international mission. Over ninety percent of the workforce is volunteer as disaster responders and long-term recovery caseworkers are essential to the mission of alleviating human suffering.
If anyone in the community would like to volunteer or has questions regarding services, contact the Becky LaPolice at [email protected] or 785-447-3687. The staff and volunteers of
Central and Western Kansas remain committed to providing the quality of service Clara Barton envisioned in 1881. More in-depth information about the Red Cross mission can be found at