If you put those three items together — Fire Auxiliary, Covid-19 and Auxiliary/Fire Department Fund Raisers for 2020 — you’ll come up with the ugly reality that the Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Auxiliary raised $ 00.00 for our department this year. Normally we raise enough money in our fundraisers to supplement the Fire Department’s budget by $20,000 annually. When the department has a need, they present it to the Auxiliary, the Auxiliary discusses the request and then votes on it. The request is always more than reasonable, like PPEs (personal protective equipment), communication devices, training equipment etc. Following is the request from Auxiliary President Sherry Blake:
“The Auxiliary Board met this week and made some tough decisions.Given the uncertainties of pandemic restrictions, it was unanimous thatwe cancel the Rummage Sale and the Enchilada Take and Bake for this year.”(From Blythe: the Annual Tea, Pancake Breakfast and Spaghetti Dinner had already been cancelled due to Covid-19)“That means we have had no fundraisers this year and have been unable to provide our usual $20,000+ to our Fire District.
“The Auxiliary Board is suggesting as you are able to do so that you consider supporting our District by making a donation to the Auxiliary in lieu of the monies you would have spent attending one or more of our fundraisers. It would be greatly appreciated!”
Checks can be made out to MWSPFPDA and mailed to P.O. Box 22, Mi Wuk Village, CA 94536 or dropped off at the station, “ATTN. Auxiliary”.
Now……Auxiliary and community members are collaborating with some ideas for ‘silent’ fundraising for our department, asking individuals to make a donation to the Auxiliary sort of equal to the amount they would have spent at the individual fund raisers:* Annual Tea* Rummage Sale* Pancake Breakfast* Spaghetti Dinner*Enchilada Take and Bake
Sometime in the near future you’ll see a thermometer (or something similarly graphic) constantly updating the progress of our fundraising goal of $20,000. Please make your check payable to MWSPFPDA (Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District Auxiliary) and mail it to MWSPFPDA, P.O. Box 22, Mi Wuk Village, CA 95346. If you hand deliver it to the station please mark your envelope with ATTN: Auxiliary
From Blythe: I did some copy/pasting of parts of this post and canNOT get rid of the bold and italic styles in the last paragraph. I need more html training! (Oh please NO!) Anyway, sorry for all the extraneous bold and italic.