SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the first time in 18 years, the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Red Cross Blood Services will all be under one roof.
Rick Lee, Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Chapter, told 22News that both services will be moving into a building on Brookdale Drive in Springfield, which was formerly occupied by the Spalding Corporation.
Lee said that they will be renovating the building, and hope to move in by the fall.
Years ago, both the local Red Cross headquarters and Blood Services were located in a single building on Chestnut Street in Springfield, but they had since moved to different locations, with Blood Services located on Main Street in the North End, and the Pioneer Valley Chapter on Cottage Street in East Springfield.
Lee told 22News that the move will benefit the organization itself, as well as volunteers and those who rely on Red Cross services.
“I think the most important thing is that it provides us the ability to get some synergy with our blood program and our humanitarian services that we’ve not really had before, even though we’ve always been one organization,” Lee said.
“We’re going to be saving money by coming together, we’re going to be making it easier for our volunteers to give blood, as well as to volunteer in our disaster program. It’ll be a one-place stop for people who are looking for Red Cross services.”
Lee said that having all of their services at one location will save them about $1 million in rent over a 10-year period.