The American Red Cross in Corry reports the economy has hit the local chapter from both sides — more people need the relief services of the organization, and at the same time, funding sources have been severely reduced.

In order to combat the financial problem, the Corry American Red Cross board members have adopted President Barack Obama’s “United We Serve” motto.

The Corporation for National and Community Service identifies “United We Serve” as a nationwide service initiative that will help meet the growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn.

The initiative aims to expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work, and encourage volunteers to develop their own “do-it-yourself” projects.

“In many service organizations you notice that a few people are doing the majority of the work,” said Geneva Baker, Corry chapter chairwoman. “We’re hoping to work together more in the next fiscal year with our current volunteers and hopefully some new ones to spread out the work and achieve more for our community.”

The Corry American Red cross is in need of help to provide services to the area.

Specifically, volunteers are needed to drive the Red Cross van to transport patients to and from appointments; serve on shelter teams, which are groups that establish and maintain a shelter under Red Cross during a disaster; help in the Red Cross office, answer military calls, and become health and safety directors.

“We would like anyone interested in volunteering to stop in the office at 134 E. Main St., Corry, or call 663-2394,” said Mary Rogers, executive director of the Corry American Red Cross.

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