Gvac Seeking Funds to Run

Volunteer Corps To Hold Fund-Raiser In Glendale

With no funding coming from the city and state this year, the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps (GVAC) is hoping for community help with a pasta night and Chinese auction on Saturday, July 28 at the Glendale/Maspeth United Methodist Church.

According to GVAC’s Ryan Gunning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have provided funding for the group, which will celebrate its 40-year anniversary next year.

City funding, on the other hand, is given every other year; GVAC received funding last year and thus must wait until 2013 for the next round of funding from the city.

This means that the corps currently has $35,000 in its coffers. Its budget, according to Gunning, is $100,000 a year; $30,000 alone goes toward covering insurance costs.

“It’s really tight right now,” he admitted.

Gunning is hoping to raise more money for the ambulance corps by October. In the meantime, the 25- member organization has cut costs by moving away from its former Myrtle Avenue location to a smaller space at 69-07 Central Ave.

In addition to the pasta night, GVAC will also be holding a September fund-raising drive, Gunning stated.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the corps right away, however, can click the Make A Donation link at www.glendalevac.org, or email Gunning at [email protected].

The Glendale/Maspeth United Methodist Church is located at 66-14 Central Ave. in Glendale.

For more information on the pasta night event and on GVAC, call 1- 646-879-8545.

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