Through a year of storms and snow, power outages and sunny days, the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad has faithfully served the community. No matter what the weather conditions were – or time of day – we have been there to provide free award-winning emergency medical services to you, our friends and neighbors.
Just as you have come to depend on us being there promptly after you dial 9-1-1, we’ve come to depend on your financial generosity through our annual fund drive to continue to provide this critical free service to the community. Each year, your tax-deductible donations help our all-volunteer organization provide this service by funding the purchase of medical supplies and key devices to help us better serve you.
Our world is your world, so we experience the same financial challenges and increased costs. This impacts the squad at the same time the demand for our service has hit record levels. The squad responded to a record 635 calls in 2012, up more than 50% from 2010. As we all know, 2012 was a tough year marked by Hurricane Sandy. When Sandy hit, members willingly left their homes and families behind to stay at the EMS building 24/7 for more than a week. During the storm, they braved floodwaters for a call for boaters in distress and responded to serious health emergencies.
However, none of this can be done without you. Your donation sends a clear message to our members and the rest of the community that you appreciate the squad’s commitment to serving the borough of Atlantic Highlands.
For as little as $1 dollar a week, or $52 a year, you can show you care. Fact is, this fund drive only generates about half of our annual operating budget, so larger donations are greatly appreciated.
We are a 501c3 non-profit organization so there are a variety of ways in which you can give ranging from donations, planned gifts, corporate donations and work-place matching programs. For information about donating or becoming a member, please call our non-emergency number, (732) 291-8118 or visit our website at www.ahfirstaid.com. Also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ahfirstaid and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ahfirstaid.
Please take this moment to help the AHFAS. Your contribution is an investment in your future. By helping us, you’re assuring we’ll be there when you need us most.
Walter Curry, Treasurer
Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad