The Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been ranked one of the best performing chapters in the country by the organization’s national headquarters, according to Chuck Mor¬rison, chapter executive director. The rec¬ognition of “Highly Performing Chapter” was given to 39 of 720 Red Cross chapters nationwide.
Selection was based on disaster re¬sponse capability, management within operating budget, volunteer, employee and board capacity, building community partnerships, and community awareness of chapter services. Other criteria in¬cluded challenges the chapter faced and its strategies for meeting them. The Snohomish County Chapter has been designated in the top echelon na¬tionally for chapter performance in two of the last three years.
Services provided by the chapter in 2008 included response to 92 house fires, 10,324 people trained in Red Cross health and safety courses, 581 military families assisted with 1,798 services, and 1,015 Snohomish County residents helped with payment of utility bills through Project Pride.
Mar Tobiason, board chairman and Morrison were recognized for their leader¬ship roles during the evaluation period.
The chapter has 10 employees and more than 250 trained volunteers, and has a $1.4 million operating budget. It was chartered in Snohomish County in 1916