By Member Chip Jewell
August 13, 2020

The restrictions of COVID-19 implemented in March have had a disastrous effect on the fund raising capabilities of the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department. With the cancellation of all events and the closing of our social hall since March 15, 2020, the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department will suffer the loss of income in excess of $125,000.

To help offset this tremendous loss of funds, we will be conducting a special mailing fund drive to the residents of our first due response area beginning the week of August 10. Normally, around this time of year, we mail raffle tickets for purchase. As we will not have our carnival or festival this year, we are asking our community to consider a direct donation. Our annual mortgage payment on our building renovation is approximately $100,000 per year. Additionally, in the last 12 months the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department purchased a new 4-wheel drive ambulance to serve our community and invested $120,000 in Rescue Engine 171 to enhance safety features and extend the life of the engine for another 15 years. All of our apparatus and our buildings are owned by the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department.

We understand many members of our community are suffering and simply can not donate. We are asking those residents of our response area that have the financial means to consider donating to help offset the drastic loss of income the fire department will suffer in 2020.

We sincerely appreciate the continued support of our community and respectfully ask for your consideration to help support the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department in our time of need.