Amherstburg Community Services has had their call for help answered. After having to cancel rides, and even an entire program in July due to a vehicle shortage, the Goggin family, has stepped forward to pay the final $32,000 needed to reach the organization’s goal of $75,000. ACS executive director, Kathy DiBartolomeo says she was shocked when she was approached by the Amherstburg family.
“It’s unbelievable. I’m not sure words can describe just how important this is to us and to the rest of our community,” DiBartolomeo said. “So many people rely on our services to stay mobile, and those are the people this fundraising campaign has been for. On behalf of them and everyone else this donation will affect, thank you so much.”
Joanne Goggin, who initially came forward on behalf of her family including Mark, Dennis, Kenny and Jmar, says they all hope to see their donation inspire the community to continue to support these services.
“When we saw that ACS was having difficulty raising funds for the new van and heard the story about [another vehicle] breaking down we knew we wanted to commit personally to completing this purchase,” Goggin explained. “This is a fantastic organization which has benefited not only the senior community but many other groups in Amherstburg as well; we want these programs to flourish. Hopefully, our gift will inspire others to donate personally to continue the services ACS operates in this beautiful community we call home."
Amherstburg Community Services has provided accessible transportation services to seniors and other adults who qualify since 1989. They began fundraising for this vehicle in February this year after one of their vehicles was deemed unsafe and removed from their fleet, with yet another accessible vehicle being taken off the road in July. With the support of other organizations and individuals, ACS was able to raise over $18,000 before the Goggin family stepped in to bring their fundraising up to the $50,000 achieving the target needed for Concours Mold Inc. to donate the final $25,000, as per their challenge to the community. Having now placed their order, DiBartolomeo says she hopes to see the vehicle on the road by the end of the year.