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~August 2003~ Topics

Right Hand Image Red Cross Lays Off Over 200 Left Hand Image

The Red Cross is downsizing. 231 people are being laid off and an additional 79 positions will not be filled. The downsizing is in the financial and human resource area at biomedical facilities in the Washington, DC area. Red Cross employees constitute about 4,000 people nationwide, not including local chapters. The layoffs will save about $34 million for the new fiscal year.

Right Hand Image United Ways Merge in Chicago Left Hand Image

Following a long courtship, the United Way of Chicago and the United Way of Suburban Chicago, are creating a federation of 52 United Ways into one. This will be completed by December.

The aim is to streamline operations, or what was the largest number of United Ways in the US in a single geographic area. The new organization will handle all employee drives and administrative matters while the outlying groups (now numbering 17) will continue solicitation to individuals and small businesses. The new organization is called United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Right Hand Image Ohio Man Founds Safe Harbor Resources Left Hand Image

An Ohio man has created an organization to help programs with children streamline their background check procedures. Safe Harbor Resources provides central records checking services, expertise to evaluate background checks, assistance in establishing policies and procedures around checks, and a stamp of approval for organizations following the proscribed recommendations. The organization is new, but has a list of community references and a board to give it legitimacy. Some information on the site can help those outside of Ohio with this issue. Visit http://www.safeharborresources.org for more information.

Right Hand Image Conference announcement Left Hand Image

The Volunteer Interaction is a biennial conference co-sponsored by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA). The conference will be held September 17 - 20, 2003, in the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI. For more information about Volunteer Interaction, visit http://www.meijergardens.org.

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