SAVES (Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Service, Inc.) has announced the start of its annual fund campaign, “Coming to The Rescue.”
SAVES relies heavily on charitable contributions to provide its services. This organization receives only limited revenue from local municipalities, and insurance. Medicare and private pay reimbursements are not enough to cover SAVES operating costs. The cost of operating has risen dramatically over the years as the care SAVES provides has become more sophisticated. Also, Payroll is at an all time high – over $250,000 – since volunteers have become harder to find and keep.
“We literally couldn’t continue to operate without support from the residents of our local communities” says Jorge Battle, SAVES President.
The challenge is that less than 20 percent of residents actually contribute to, “Coming to The Rescue.” SAVES is appealing to the entire community to join the campaign. “Our goal is to achieve more broad-based support this year” says Jeff VanBeveren, Executive Director. “Even if people can only afford to give a modest amount, it will make a big difference to our organization.” In the past year, SAVES has responded to over 900 calls for service in our local communities. “Those of us living in the Skaneateles area are fortunate to have one of the most responsive, highly trained, and well-equipped ambulance corps in CNY” says Medical Director Dr. David Landsberg. “When an emergency happens, we can all take comfort in knowing that SAVES will be there.”
SAVES, founded in 1967, is an independent, nonprofit organization not directly affiliated with the Town or Village of Skaneateles. SAVES is staffed by over 40 trained professionals and volunteers, 12 Paramedics, and a dedicated base of volunteer attendants and drivers. For more information on SAVES, visit the web site at savesambulance.com .