As part of an efficiency move, the Napa Chapter of the American Red Cross has been folded into a bigger chapter that will stretch to the Oregon border, a representative for the nonprofit organization said Tuesday.
The Napa Chapter is now part of a new, bigger entity that also includes Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, according to a Red Cross representative.
The consolidation became effective Tuesday, and will result in the elimination of an unspecified number of positions, said Cynthia Shaw, a Red Cross representative.
The multi-county chapter will be known as the California Northwest chapter and operate as part of the California Coastal region. Its administration will be in Santa Rosa. The region, based in San Francisco, includes chapters from Monterey to Oregon.
“We’re looking into transforming the organization to make better use of donor dollars,” Shaw said. “Where we have savings, we will put back into services in order to help more people.”
The Red Cross has announced a number of restructurings nationwide, according to news reports. “This is happening across the country,” Shaw said.
Exactly how many paid positions will remain in Napa is unclear. Three employees now work in Napa, including Executive Director Anne Steinhauer. Steinhauer declined to comment Tuesday afternoon
While there will not be an executive director in Napa County, the Red Cross will have an unspecified number of employees in Napa, according to the Red Cross. Services will remain in place, Shaw stressed.
Altogether, the Red Cross plans to eliminate 23 full-time-equivalent positions in the California Coastal region, Shaw said. She declined to say how many of those will come from the new chapter.
“We’re still notifying people,” she said. New positions will be posted, she said.
The fate of the Napa board is unclear.
“I don’t know too many particulars,” said Matt Pope, a board member since 2011. “I’m a little concerned about this plan,” said Pope.