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The business of being there to help

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Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

The business of being there to help         

 A recent news article about the difficulty of recruiting new volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians provided a stark reminder of the importance of the work of The Main Line Chamber Foundation.

The volunteer-run Foundation is there for firefighters and EMTs each year because they are there for us – our homes and our businesses. The Giant Main Line Run/ Walk on Sept. 14 provides an opportunity for every reader and business to step up and make a difference.

A scholarship recipient who recently sent a note to the Foundation Board of Directors about what the money has meant to him summed it up well. “To give one’s time for the greater good of mankind is tremendously rewarding, as you all must know, being volunteers yourselves,” he wrote after receiving his scholarship at our annual Hometown Heroes ceremony. “I now comprehend the diligence of your fundraising efforts and the effort each of you make is immensely appreciated. “

The Foundation, led by Brenda Viola of Recovery Pump, and the Main Line Run Committee, led by recent Leadership Main Line graduate Eric Hildenbrand of The Haverford Trust Co., meets before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Participants get up early and stay late because they care.

The result in 2014 was the awarding of $45,000 in scholarships to 43 volunteers chosen from 17 eligible firehouses. Now is the time for your company to sponsor the Main Line Run, sign up a team or for individuals to register. A portion supports high school students attending Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week this summer.

For the sake of our volunteers, please help. Our firefighters and EMTs don’t wait when it’s time to answer a call. I ask you not to wait either.

Have an energizing and profitable day.

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