Red Cross offices will restructure

The Stanislaus County Chapter of the American Red Cross will become part of the nonprofit's Sacramento-Sierra region.

The move is part of an effort to increase operational efficiencies during the recession, but Red Cross officials stressed that the Stanislaus County chapter is not closing and its services will not be affected.

The Red Cross in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, east Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and east Yolo counties will merge July 1.