|A Statement Regarding our Door to Door Fundrasier|
|By Captain Matthew Thews|
|July 11, 2018|
We have received several complaints and concerns over the past few days about our on-going door-to-door fundraising campaign. The NMDVFC employs a third-party company to raise funds on our behalf, as we do not have the time to do this sort of manpower intensive fundraising with department members. The third-party retains about 30% of all collected funds as their fee for the service. We understand concerns over their appearances, behavior, etc. We are very limited to the choices we have for companies to perform this service, so we have stuck with this company, because they perform an irreplaceable service for us.
We are bringing the voiced concerns to the third-party and will be trying to take the following actions:
For those who have asked, why can't NMDVFC find a better way to raise money? Here are a few of the ways we raise/acquire money and how they are used:
1. Door-to-door: We retain about 70% of all collected funds, all of which go towards purchase of appartaus, building payments, equipment, and upkeep of such. This is our BIGGEST fundraiser.
So, as you can see, we obtain money in several ways, but the most important is our door-to-door fundraiser. It raises an amount of money that is simply irreplaceable and we could not function or pay or debts without it. We still owe nearly $1 million dollars on our recently renovated building, and nearly half a million towards loans on fire apparatus. We carried these debts in order to best serve the community. These have saved the taxpayers more than $10 million which would have been spent to replace our building and fleet on the County's dime. There was a mention that we were in dire straights ten years ago. This is true. But since then, we have all new leadership, grown our operational personnel to five times the previous level, and gone from a circa 1955 building and county owned fleet to a new building and all NMDVFC owned fleet. Please remember these things when you go to donate.
Please know that our volunteers strive to be some of the most highly trained, most professional, and most dedicated emergency services personnel in the state. We have had the most training hours per member in the state three years running. We respond with the only water rescue boat in Frederick County that has a 0% fail rate and often has to pick up the slack in other parts of the county and state. We have maintained a Zero percent fail rate in responses for three straight years. No other department in this county or region can boast that fact. We will not tolerate misinformation or attacks on our credibility as an organization. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and if you would like to help our please donate to our cause or join our membership. Thank you.