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Amid concerns about funding shortage, LVA open house draws only sparse crowd
Hope Quay BVD LINCOLN —Only 10-15 community members attended an open house held by the Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance Friday, July 15. The sparsely attended event was organized to showcase the ambulance’s state-of-the-art equipment and to get people thinking about the service provided by the ambulance and its crew, LVA President Aaron Birkholz told the BVD. “It was to let the community know what we do, what we can do, and what we provide for this community,” he said, “and to let them know the seriousness of what’s happening with our financial situation – to kind of open people’s eyes to the fact that without us, there are no emergency services in this community.” Though a recent EMT class turned out five EMT’s for the ambulance’s volunteer staff, leaving the LVA sitting pretty when it comes to man power, Birkholz said the financial burden of keeping the ambulance afloat continues to threaten its future. The LVA lives off of donations and the money received from transporting patients to hospitals. According to a recent post on the LVA Facebook page, the organization is currently owed over $214,000 in unpaid patient bills. Because of this, Birkholz said, the ambulance is struggling just to stay above water. “Now they [the volunteers] are all at advanced levels, so any time there is an ambulance call we have advanced life support capabilities. Now we just need money,” he said. “I’ve been trying to have a couple of community meetings…about the seriousness of our shortage of money, because we’re going to be asking for a $40,000 mill levy next May.” Despite describing the open house as “kind of a flop,” Birkholz said he hopes to engender more community interest before next May’s vote. “As we get closer to that mill levy I’m going to be having more community meetings that I hope people will come to and learn about the ambulance and about how essential it is to keep us going,” he said. “We’ve never asked for anything, other than donations…we’re at the point where not enough people are paying their bills to keep us viable and keep us going.” Friday’s open house was advertised via social media and in the BVD, but Birkholz said he thinks more notice might have improved the turnout. “I don’t know if people just didn’t get the word, or what,” he said. Interest from the community might have been luke-warm, but the event did attract the attention ofone particularly welcome guest. Bonnie Christian, organizer of Lincoln’s annual Putt-Putt charity mini-golf tournament, took the opportunity to present the ambulance crew with a check for $2000. “That was the good thing about the open house,” Birkholz said, “Bonnie showed up with a generous donation.”
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