American Red Cross opens branch office in Glenwood |

American Red Cross opens branch office in Glenwood

The American Red Cross has opened a branch office in Glenwood Springs, with plans to expand its local efforts from “must” services to “should” services.Interim Glenwood Springs Red Cross branch manager Robyn Ziebert said “must” service is responding to disasters or contacting family members when a relative in the military dies or is killed.”Should” services include offering health and safety courses to the public, such as water safety and CPR.”These courses can help keep a disaster from happening,” said Ziebert, who is also the Red Cross interim branch manager at the new Aspen annex, located in the Pitkin County Health & Human Services Building next to Aspen Valley Hospital.Ziebert said the opening of the Glenwood Springs office, located at 118 W. Sixth St., in the Springs Building, Suite 10, next to Village Inn, is part of the Red Cross’s Western Slope reorganization and its plan to expand services.The nonprofit group got a boost when Glenwood Medical Associates donated furniture to put the Glenwood office in business.Ziebert said the Red Cross had chapters in Glenwood Springs and Aspen in the past, but decertified them 10 years ago as part of a consolidation effort that put more responsibility in the organization’s Western Colorado Chapter in Grand Junction.Starting two years ago, the Red Cross changed direction and increased efforts to attract local volunteers who could respond to emergencies.After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, enough local volunteers stepped forward to create a core group of emergency responders, Ziebert said.Garfield and Pitkin County are two of the last of the Western Colorado Chapter’s 10 counties to open branch offices.”We’re beginning to respond to calls from the public,” Ziebert said. “When we get more volunteers, we can have longer (office) hours.”Ziebert said that with a local office, Red Cross will be more active, and will grow. “We needed to have a place where people can call in,” she said.For now, the Glenwood Springs office is open by appointment only.Ziebert expects the Glenwood Springs branch to be fully operational and open during regular business hours by July 1. For more information on becoming a volunteer, or to make donations, call 947-0400.

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