June 28, 2016

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County Red Cross moves to new offices

MEDINA — A pile of Annie the CPR dummies were bagged and waiting to be put to use at the new offices of the American Red Cross of Medina County.

Friday was moving day for the Red Cross. Movers transported office supplies, disaster response materials and bags containing dummies into the organization’s new offices at 780 E. Smith Road.

Executive Director Beth Kilchenman said the group’s lease was up at its former offices at 704 N. Court St., and the move will save money on rent.

mg_a1cl5x032610movemkMovers take a desk into the American Red Cross of Medina County’s new offices at 780 E. Smith Road in Medina on Friday. (Maria Kacik / Gazette)

The Red Cross shared the old location with a few other nonprofits. Faith in Action of Medina County, which provides free
services to seniors, also moved into the Smith Road offices. United Way of Medina County will move April 15 to 2573 Medina Road in Granger Township, where it will share some of space with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit and Medina counties.

Kilchenman said the Red Cross’ new offices will be conducive to what the organization does, which includes classes in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, first aid and babysitting.

The Red Cross also provides services to people affected by disasters. The agency has four people on call at all times to respond to catastrophe.

Dave Dunbrook, a disaster response team member, said his job Friday was to make sure materials at the new location were ready to go in case of emergency.

“We’re getting things ready that Medina needs for any disasters,” he said.

Julie King, executive director of United Way, said Friday she has started packing even though her nonprofit won’t be moving for a few weeks.

“I have boxes up to the ceiling,” she said.

King said the new location doesn’t have as much storage, so the move will involve some downsizing of goods and old paperwork.

But she said the one-floor layout of the new location will allow the nonprofit’s staff to communicate better and use more “functional space.”

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.