LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service recently
received a $5,000 grant from Price Chopper Supermarket’s Golub Foundation toward the renovation of its station house.
The number of service calls the ambulance squad responds to increases each year, according to Larry Brockway, vice president of the LPVAS.
This year, volunteers have already responded to 1,253 calls. In response to the growing need in recent years, the LPVAS fleet of
vehicles has grown to three ambulances and an emergency response vehicle, or a “fly car.”
“The problem is we don’t have enough space for the third ambulance,” Brockway said. “This grant is really going to help in the long run.”
The donation from the Golub Foundation brings the year-long LPVAS
renovation campaign up to more than $20,000 with additional funds raised through community donations and fundraising efforts. Part of that money, according to Brockway, will be used toward an engineering
study to increase the number of vehicle bays and enlarge the upstairs training room.
“There’s also a quite a bit of deterioration on the front part of the building that’s going to need to be replaced,” Brockway said. “We’re hoping that a solid engineering study will help us to get federal funding in the future.”
LPVAS, a private sector, not-for-profit organization, has been working to raise money for the project for the past year, but according to Brockway, “it’s been going slow.”
Angel Marvin, who was hired to write grants and seek funding for the ambulance squad agreed.
“It surprised me how little federal or state funding there is for an ambulance squad,” Marvin said. “But hopefully this grant will get things going in the right direction.”
Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation was established in 1981 in an effort to enhance and improve the quality of life within the community funding institutions such as hospitals, YMCA’s, libraries, universities, museums and community centers.
“We’re thankful to the Golub Foundation for this,” Brockway said.
“We’re going to continue to try and raise fund until the project is completed.”
Brockway said donations, which are welcome and needed, can be sent to Lake Placid Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 107, Lake Placid NY, 12946.