Neighbors helping neighbors since 1962

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Whether you want to ride with a crew or be part of our administration, we are always looking for volunteers. Find out how to join our team!

We are funded entirely through private donations.  We do not receive any tax dollars from the City of Summit or any other government agency.  Please help us continue our vital service.

Support Us

The Summit First Aid Squad is funded entirely through private donations. We do not receive any tax dollars from the City of Summit or any other government agency. We are not a United Way agency.

The bulk of our income comes from our Annual Fund Drive. Other sources of revenue include:

  • Memorial donations (often made in lieu of sending flowers)
  • Bequests from wills & estates
  • Miscellaneous donations (often from patients or their families)
  • Grants from foundations and local service organizations such as the Jaycees, Junior Fortnightly and Junior League.
  • Investment interest from some stock that was donated several years ago

Our Annual Fund Drive is mailed to each Summit residence and business in September. Like all of our services, the Fund Drive is administered by volunteers. Unlike some organizations, we do not use any outside marketing agencies or professional fund raisers nor do we solicit donations by phone. As a result, we can assure our contributors that 100% of all donations made will directly benefit the First Aid Squad and the people it serves.

The annual Fund Drive typically covers only about 80% of our operating budget. The remaining 20% must be met from donations, memorials, grants and interest on a few investments. Our annual operating budget reflects the cost to provide our service from day-to-day. It does not cover capital expenses such as major building repairs or new ambulances.

We own 4 ambulances and try to keep each for about 10 years. To accomplish this, an ambulance must be replaced or refurbished every 3-4 years. The cost of our new 2011 ambulance was $158,000.

It is estimated that a full-time paid ambulance service for the City of Summit would cost in excess of $1,000,000 per year.