Without funds, ambulance corps faces closure
by Andrew Shilling
Nov 26, 2013 | 798 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pictured from left to right are corps members Michael Grabowski, Ryan Gunning, Samantha Gunning, and Christine Boehm.
Pictured from left to right are corps members Michael Grabowski, Ryan Gunning, Samantha Gunning, and Christine Boehm.
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Fundraiser at Farrell's Bar on Metropolitan Avenue
Fundraiser at Farrell's Bar on Metropolitan Avenue
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The Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps may be forced to close its doors if it can't raise nearly $30,000 by the end of the year.

Ryan Gunning, Ambulance Corps president, said the club relies almost solely on donations from the community, nd they are in now in emergency fundraising mode until they can secure enough money to pay their property taxes.

“Unfortunately, we’re not doing so well,” gunning said. “It’s do or die right now.”

With just $6,000 in the bank, and debts to pay, Ryan added that, “as of right now, we may be closed by the end of the year.”

After Hurricane Sandy, the fully functioning ambulance outpost and their volunteers were there to pick up the slack for overtaxed emergency crew.

“We singlehandedly got equipment from as far as Canada to get them back up and running within four days,” he said.

Members of the Ambulance Corps held one of several expected fundraisers over the next several weeks at Farrell’s Bar on 67th Street and Myrtle Avenue over the weekend.

Samantha Gunning said the future of the group is now in the hands of the community.

“Without city or state grants coming in, which there are none right now, we depend solely on third-party billing and community donations,” she said. “If we don’t start getting some of those coming in, we won’t stay around.”

To donate to the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, send a check to P.O. Box 863991, Ridgewood, NY 11386.

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