Fundraising update

BRAS: ‘Please help us if you can’

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 8:45am

    On behalf of the Boothbay Region Ambulance Service Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Committee, we would like to give you some updates and ask for your consideration of a contribution to our Capital Campaign. We are eager to meet our generous matching donation of up to $175,000 by Paul and Giselaine Coulombe. We are also very excited to announce a $50,000 pledge from the Mildred H. McEvoy Foundation.

    We are honored and proud of the continued dedication to our Service and to our community on behalf of these generous and philanthropic organizations and individuals, words cannot express our gratitude. Please help us if you can! Any donation of any size will be matched up to $175,000 until Feb. 15. We have a long way to go and ask for your help. While we hope you will never need us, please be rest assured that we will be here if you or a loved one ever do. Have we helped you? A family member? Are you in a financial position to help, if so, please do.

    Be on the lookout (also known as BOLO!) for our mailers that will be hitting the mailboxes of all of our Boothbay Region residents. There is a conveniently pre-labeled return envelope included and some new ways to donate to us as well. We are excited to announce our new QR code that will bring you directly to our donation page. Use the camera on your cellphone to scan (like you are taking a picture) of the code and watch for the box to pop-up that brings you right to our website. This is the way of the world today and we are excited that we are able to make it as convenient as possible for the many ways people donate nowadays.

    Speaking of ways people can donate, we are in the final stages of our gift acceptance and investment policies that will enable people to gift stocks to Boothbay Region Ambulance Service. With the way of the world today and of the current stock market, this can be a real perk for many. “Giving the gift of a stock can also provide benefits for the giver, particularly if the stock has appreciated in value since the giver can avoid paying taxes on those earnings or gains.” – Language borrowed from › Investing › Stocks This method doesn’t speak to all but does speak to many and we are trying hard to make it as easy and convenient as possible for all types of donors.

    If you have not met our new EMS Chief Dan Gardner, please introduce yourself if you see him out and about. Dan has been working hard to learn and integrate himself into the Boothbay region. After Covid and a lot of changes at BRAS, he had a lot to do! He is loving our new ambulance (part of the reason for this Capital Campaign) and is excited to receive the other new equipment we will purchase to help the BRAS team continue to deliver quality service.

    We hosted a holiday dinner for the BRAS team. Dinner was prepared and served by the BRAS Board of Directors. This was well deserved and much appreciated by our hard working staff. We also have other items that we are working on to get us out in the community too. Stay tuned and stay well!

    Again, thank you for your support