The strong sense of community and the incredible power of volunteerism were clearly on display at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps Grand Opening celebration on Saturday.
I was honored to join more than 100 community leaders, public safety officials and residents at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new building is exceptional, most noticeably for its fine construction and state-of-the-art facilities, but perhaps more importantly, for the work behind the scenes that made this new, much-needed space a reality.
The building is home to the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which has been run entirely by volunteers since its founding in 1942. These volunteers, who just last year responded to more than 2,200 calls for service in town, secured enough donations and a loan to fund the entire cost of construction without a cent of taxpayer money.
The town generously leased the land on the Fairfield Hills campus to the Corps for $1 per year for 99 years. The location is noteworthy given that it’s more centrally located within this geographically large town, compared to the Corps’ previous, outdated and outgrown home on Main Street.
It is that, the spirit of volunteerism and the dedication to serve, protect and ensure the health and safety of all citizens, that speaks to the wonderful sense of community, pride and genuine, caring nature of Newtowners. Knowing these volunteers and the vast improvement of the new facility, Newtowners are certainly in very good hands, too.
In speaking with the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ leadership, as well as town and public safety officials, I underscored my commitment to them and the Newtown community, to work together as your state Senator to ensure that the state is a partner they can count on. In me, you have an advocate and leader who knows that protecting the health and safety of all citizens is job No. 1.
To learn more about Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and how you can get involved, visit the organization’s website: http://www.newtown-ambulance.org/