Ambulance Corps Faces Financial Struggle

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

Like many businesses recently, the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps has been affected by the economic downturn. While still operational, they have had to downsize in recent years, decreasing the number of ambulances used and using a smaller, cheaper space as its headquarters.

According to Samantha Gunning, a captain at the Ambulance Corps, they have not been getting the grant money and community donations they have received in the past.

Gunning said they used to get close to $30,000 in money from grants and donations. Last year, they got less than $10,000 to cover its costs.

“That’s not very profitable as you can imagine,” she said.

The decrease in money has seen the GVAC downsize in terms of equipment. They once had a 12,000-square-foot space on Myrtle Avenue that they called home. But currently, they occupy a 400-square-foot area at The Shops at Atlas Park.

The GVAC is waiting on two grants – one from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven).

Crowley’s office confirmed that the GVAC will be getting a $3,500 grant this year. Miller said they allocated $4,500 for 2012 and 2013 and it will be given to them once the ambulance fills out an application form to the State Dept. of Health requesting the money.

In order to raise money, the Ambulance Corps will host a fundraiser on Nov. 23. The event will be at Farrell’s Pub at 66-48 Myrtle Ave. It will run from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m.

If you would like to donate to the GVAC, you can reach them at (718) 386-9898. They can also be reached via email at captain@glendalevac.org.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.