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Red Cross welcomes Executive Director Jon Farr

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Provided by South Plains Regional Red Cross

Newly appointed as the Executive Director of the South Plains Regional Chapter, Jon Farr will join the seasoned senior leadership team beginning on June 9. While Farr's experience includes a successful history of 28 years in management and non-profit work, it's Farr's passion for strategic planning and community development that sets him apart.

"Having worked for a non-profit for almost three decades, I know that every gift matters, large or small, and that every helping hand helps, whether that means having a volunteer for a day, or a full-time volunteer," Farr explained. "In joining the American Red Cross, the largest humanitarian organization in the world, I want to make sure the South Plains Regional Chapter makes a significant impact to the organization's mission, from helping local disaster victims, to reaching fundraising goals."

American Red Cross North Texas Region CEO, T.D. Smyers, said it is Farr's experience combined with his volunteer attitude for the Red Cross' mission that will make him a great fit for the organization's leadership team.

"Last year alone, the South Plains Regional Chapter responded to 75 local disasters, provided disaster assistance to 93 people, trained 2,520 people in first aid, CPR and water safety skills, served 381 military families and is home to 120 volunteers," added Smyers. "With this position, we knew that we needed someone that could hit the ground running. Jon comes with the knowledge and determination needed to encourage the community to step up in its time of need. As the former Director of Organizational Development for one of our nation's largest non-profits, Jon knows what it means to be a leader to a large group of professionals."

Since the organization was founded in 1881, the American Red Cross has served the country as the leading emergency response organization. In August of 1917, the chapter received its charter from National Headquarters.

Dedicated to advancing their efforts in assisting the community in disaster response, international services, Service to the Armed Forces and preparedness and health safety, the South Plains Regional Chapters services the following 15 counties: Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Terry and Yoakum.

Farr will set up his office at the American Red Cross South Plains Regional Chapter, 2201 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas but will be a part of the efforts for the American Red Cross North Texas Region across 111 Texas counties.

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