Red Cross members tour future headquarters

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a meaningful annual meeting, Wednesday night, for the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. 22News was Springfield where chapter members got a tour of the future headquarters.

150 Brookdale Drive in Springfield is where the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross held their annual meeting. Not only did they elect new board members Wednesday night, but they also got a chance to tour their future headquarters.

For the last two decades, the local chapter office and Blood Services were in two different locations. Now those two branches will be under one roof, along with disaster services and a national emergency communications center.

Regional Director of Communications Dawn Leaks told 22News, “People in the community can rely get one stop shopping for Red Cross services and it’s just a great building. It’s a great space. It’s going to increase our capacity for the work that we do in the community.”

Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Chapter Rick Lee will retire before the new building opens but he said he will be back for the grand opening. He said, “There’s synergy that will come from getting all of our people together,” said Lee. “It also makes it easier for the public whether you need the Red Cross or whether you want to help the Red Cross. It’s one place to go to tap in.”

Bob White, who’s been volunteering and working for the Red Cross for more than 70 years, told 22News the new site will allow the local chapter to expand its relief efforts up and down the Pioneer Valley.

“The national motto is One Red Cross. When you get them all back under one roof, the organization has improved. The delivery of services has improved, and so we’ve been looking for this day for a long time,” said White.

Once the new building opens, it’ll house the local chapter office, Blood Services, disaster services and a national emergency communications center.

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