The yearly fund drive for the Verona Rescue Squad began on March 1, which means you recently received an envelope requesting a donation. VRS President Susan DeWitt is hopeful that, this year, donations don’t drop as they did last year, when total dollars received by the squad decreased 15% over the prior year.
“We realize some people are struggling,” says DeWitt. “But it’s very difficult when our call totals are going up but our money is going down.” The all-volunteer VRS relies on donations for everything from supplies to training to equipment. “The more calls we get, the more supplies and training we need, and the more wear and tear on our equipment,” she says.
Families who donate in the next few weeks will not get another solicitation until next year. Those who don’t respond will get another mailing in early June and, if necessary, another in September. “If everyone gave when they got their first mailing, it would make our job a lot easier,” she says–not to mention saving the squad postage. You can also donate online. The site uses the secure PayPal system.