Dear Community Supporter, April 2016
This year Your Volunteer Fire Department is beginning its 78th year of service to the communities within and around Arbutus, Catonsville, & Halethorpe. As one of the busiest volunteer companies in Baltimore County we continue to average over 3000 calls a year for Emergency Medical, Fire, Rescue, and Swift Water Rescue services. During our 78th year of service we look forward to continuing to provide the services you expect and deserve as well as visit area schools to educate our most precious resource, our children, in fire prevention and safety at home and in school. In order to continue to be prepared we are once again asking for your financial assistance.
We understand that you have many choices to support an array of volunteer organizations and may still be recovering economically. Therefore we want to assure you that your Volunteer Fire Department continues to strive to provide the best service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your support last year assisted us with the purchase of a new ambulance which is scheduled to be delivered this spring and for that we say Thank You! In preparation for the future we are developing a plan that will support the renovations of our facilities where the EMTs and Firefighters spend most of their time. This upgrade is planned for the fall and is estimated to be approximately $350,000.
This is our primary request for assistance, other than our photo fund drive which is typically held in the fall. As with other volunteer fire companies in Baltimore County we DO NOT conduct telephone solicitations. This mailing is also handled by members of our department which enables us to receive 100% of your donation. We’d also ask that you check to see if your employer offers matching donations for employees who donate to charitable organizations. So please check with your company’s financial department to see if they participate in this type of program.
Please take a few moments and send in your tax deductible check or money order to the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department in the enclosed return envelope or make your donation online (via paypal) at http://arbutusvfd.org/Annual-Funddrive.htm. If you would like to find out more about your volunteer fire department, or are interested in joining, then please stop by, visit us online, or join us during our monthly social at the firehouse on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 PM.
Thank You for your continued support of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary.
John W. McDowell
Events and Activities
Non-smoking Cash Bingo every Monday, Thursday, & Saturday starting at 7:15 PM
Annual Carnival, July 18-23, starting nightly at 7 PM, Parade @ 6 PM July 18th
Children Safety Day & Fall Festival: October 8th
Photo Fund Drive: October - December
Cash Raffle: November 12th, over $12,000 in prizes
Holiday Train Garden November 20tt – January 1st
Cookies & Milk with Santa December 3rd
Pancake Breakfast, December 11th from 8 AM – 1 PM
Children Birthday Parties available, call numbers below
Large/Small Hall, Large/Small Classroom, & Pavilion rentals available. Details online
We recycle Paper & Aluminum; help us by depositing these items in the marked containers at the station