Despite Red Cross cuts, Tippecanoe Chapter remains unchanged

American Red Cross (WLFI Photo)
American Red Cross (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Ongoing consolidation of the American Red Cross will not affect services provided at the local level, particularly during an emergency.

Greater Indianapolis Red Cross Chief Executive Officer John Lyter said over the past five years, or so, the group has not filled local job openings in areas like information technology and finance. Instead, they have consolidated those operations nationwide.

It’s a move that Lyter said is currently saving about $5 million a year, but he said it will not change the standards for service of the Red Cross.

“I think you keep working on the back room operations — like finance, like IT, like communications. So, you can insure that funding is always there to meet immediate needs and the longer term needs,” said Lyter.

While the service area of the Tippecanoe County Chapter will not change, Lyter said several other chapters around the state may change slightly to more closely match the districts of Indiana Homeland Security.

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