Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

AHA Staffing Update

Dear You're the Cure Advocates,

Thank you for your dedication to the American Heart Association! Your advocacy has led to many significant successes in the battle against heart disease and stroke over the past few years. For this reason, we felt it was important to communicate changes that recently occurred in regard to our local staffing structure.

Like other businesses and nonprofits, the American Heart Association is feeling the impact of the current economic situation. As a result, the Midwest Affiliate has had to make some very difficult decisions. In mid-May, after instituting many other cost-savings measures we also had to implement a reduction in workforce.

Included in the staff cuts was the Minnesota/Iowa grassroots director position, which was held by Bethany Snyder. If you had the opportunity to work with Bethany it will not surprise you to know how valued she was within the American Heart Association. Bethany leaves the organization in very good standing.

Despite the loss of this position, the American Heart Association remains committed to our grassroots advocacy work in Minnesota. Thanks to our amazing volunteers, we will continue to be a strong voice in Minnesota on policies that will help us achieve our compelling mission. We appreciate your patience as we work through the challenges presented with our reduction in staffing. Please know we value your partnership and look forward to maintaining our relationship and working together to advance our shared goals.

If you have any questions or need to reach me, please feel free to email me at or call at 952-278-7915.

Best regards,
Rachel Callanan, JD Senior Advocacy Director--Minnesota

American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate
4701 West 77th Street Minneapolis, MN 55435
Tel.: (952) 278-7915 Fax: (952) 835-5828

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