Tuesday, January 19, 2010

You Can Help Us In Haiti - Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Please read our neighbor Dièry Prudent's appeal for donations to help him and other volunteers help Haiti:

Today I joined the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps and volunteered to go to Haiti to participate in BSVAC's Haiti Rescue Operation. I was sworn in as Haiti Liaison Officer, responsible for assisting with communications, fundraising, logistics and translation for patients receiving care from English-speaking medical personnel.

My brother Gardel, who’s a volunteer EMT with BSVAC, deployed to Haiti yesterday with 100 EMTs and a dozen doctors. I intend to follow his example this week.

I'm appealing to you for the financial means to enable BSVAC to send 151 more volunteers who are currently awaiting transport to Haiti.

BSVAC, the nation's first multi-ethnic volunteer ambulance corps, has been saving and changing lives since 1989. BSVAC is a community-based volunteer ambulance corps in Brooklyn, NY, that operates on a shoestring budget -- with no paid staff -- yet it has has just managed to sent over 100 EMTs and a dozen doctors to Haiti on a private plane.

BSVAC has over 150 volunteer EMTs ready to go to Haiti next week, to relieve the first contingent and continue to save lives. We need your help now. We need your donations -- no amount is too small -- to buy water, food, medical supplies, equipment, protective gear, fuel and to charter the next plane.

  • Your gift of $5 will buy a set of small bandages and disposable rubber gloves. Your gift of $100 will provide uniforms/protective gear for a volunteer EMT. 
  • Your gift of $400 will outfit an EMT with basic trauma equipment. 
  • Your gift of $1,000 will help buy fuel to transport the volunteers. 
  • Your gift of $40,000 will charter a flight. 
Time is of the essence. You can help save lives right now by making your tax-deductible donation to BSVAC. Simply visit the BSVAC website at www.bsvac.org and click on Donate to make an instant donation to BSVAC through the secure Network for Good system.

With deepest gratitude,


Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps