Over the past 2 months, I have had the pleasure of working with the members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD) to “plug the gap” caused by the cancellation of the Orange Fireman’s Carnival & the resulting loss of 30% of their operating revenue. Imagine the feeling: you lose 30% of your family’s annual revenue yet maintain 100% of your costs!
The OVFD motto is “Neighbors helping neighbors.” Recall that these volunteer firefighters are not only your neighbors, but they are ones that—willingly & unpaid—come to your home if you had an emergency, such as a fire.
In my view, the “Fire Truck $50K Challenge” is a call to arms for Orange residents & businesses to now support their fellow neighbors – the OVFD members – due to a situation which, just like a house fire, they surely didn’t ask for. To date, the OVFD has enjoyed the support of 246 donors to the on-line GoFundMe efforts and nearly 40 more people & businesses have sent in checks. This support is a great start.
Going forward, I encourage all 4,841 households and the 100’s of businesses in Town to join the “Fire Truck $50K Challenge” and support the OFVD in their time of need. The link to the GoFundMe page is on the Town website or at www.orrange-ct.gov or at the OVFD website www.orangevfd.org Checks can be mailed directly: OVFD, P.O. Box 878, Orange, CT 06477.
Every contribution – no matter the size—is valued. By doing so, your donation shows you “have the backs” of the OVFD just as they support us when we have an emergency. Thank you.