Brighter Days Ahead At Red Cross

Those visiting and volunteering at the Southwestern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross will no longer have to worry about constantly replacing light bulbs or tinkering with fussy light systems.

A recent grant from the Edwin L. Danielson Community Service Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation provided funding to install and replace light fixtures inside and outside of the building on Fifth Street. Ahlstrom Schaeffer provided the labor for the project at no charge.

According to Kathy Burch, assistant executive director of the Red Cross, staff was spending an unnecessary amount of time changing light bulbs and ballasts on the fixtures around the building. With the installation of new fixtures, the ballasts should last an average of five years and the lamps three years, before either needs maintenance. The new fixtures also allow the Red Cross to reduce their carbon footprint by saving on energy costs.

As for the old fixtures, a rebate program through the Jamestown BPU allowed the Red Cross to recycle all of the pieces.

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