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need help

Washington, DC

#1 Dec 29, 2011
has anyone else had a weird creepy guy come to your door and ask for money, something about the rescue squad. is he for real or what ??
seriously

United States

#2 Dec 29, 2011
Yeah. Give him $20....dumba$$
The Hitman

Canton, OH

#3 Dec 29, 2011
need help wrote:
has anyone else had a weird creepy guy come to your door and ask for money, something about the rescue squad. is he for real or what ??
Contact the rescue squad and ask them. Actually, that's not at all uncommon around here. Usually they'll give you a coupon for a free photo sitting in return for your donation. I'd ask for ID. They always have one. Or you could contact the sheriffs office when he's in your neighborhood. I hope this helps.
bgky

Canton, OH

#4 Dec 29, 2011
Just don't answer the door and he will go away. You'd think in the 21st century the rescue squad could raise funds without door to door annoyers.
Don

Bowling Green, KY

#5 Dec 29, 2011
The rescue squad always calls ahead to see if I want to give again. They don't show up unannounced. And they always give a receipt and/or coupon for a picture like someone else mentioned. This dude sounds fishy...
fyi

Bowling Green, KY

#6 Dec 29, 2011
The free pic is lame! Did it last yr. Nice to give... But the free pic is a crock!
bgky

Canton, OH

#7 Dec 30, 2011
Don wrote:
The rescue squad always calls ahead to see if I want to give again. They don't show up unannounced. And they always give a receipt and/or coupon for a picture like someone else mentioned. This dude sounds fishy...
They have done unannounced knocks on my door the past three years. I called to complain and haven't seen one this year. Telephone or door to door soliciting is beyond tacky.
The Hitman

Canton, OH

#8 Dec 30, 2011
bgky wrote:
<quoted text>They have done unannounced knocks on my door the past three years. I called to complain and haven't seen one this year. Telephone or door to door soliciting is beyond tacky.
Just curious, what would you suggest as a method for them to receive donations?
I love BG

Bowling Green, KY

#9 Dec 30, 2011
They have also come to my house for several years after dark with no advance notification. And when I have told them that it is no a good time or that I am not interested, the guy asks through the door when would be a good time (and not politely) or asks if I know what all they do. I called and complained this year after he showed up and asked that they not come back. Our new house policy is that we will not donate to anyone at the door (unless we know them). Mail (or leave at the door without bothering us) information about whatever fundraising and we will consider it at our convenience.

As far as what they could do differently, they could mail or leave information as I mentioned above. They could call prior donors (we have donated in the past, so they have our information). If they feel they must go door to door, they should do it during daylight rather than sending someone with a bulldog attitude out after dark.
I love BG

Bowling Green, KY

#10 Dec 30, 2011
Also, they could directly contact boating, fishing, and hunting groups (and their members). While those people are certainly not the only ones who might need to use the services of the rescue squad at some point, they have much higher odds than the average community member who does not participate in those activities.
bgfan

Washington, DC

#11 Dec 30, 2011
the guy came to my house last month and he was all greasy and his clothes looked like he hadn't washed them in a week, plus he smelled bad. if that's what the rescue squad is like I don't want them helping me at all!!
bgky

Washington, DC

#12 Dec 30, 2011
The Hitman wrote:
<quoted text>Just curious, what would you suggest as a method for them to receive donations?
Work a little, like the other non profits. Be creative and host a fundraiser but stop knocking on doors begging.
The Hitman

Canton, OH

#13 Dec 30, 2011
About the Rescue Squad: They operate off of a small (and I mean anorexic) county budget. They depend more on donations from their community than they do their budget. As with any volunteer organization, only a select few can be categorized as "dedicated". They're the ones who get out and pound the streets after work soliciting donations. Right now, it's dark when they get off work, so there's no real window of opportunity for them. They try to avoid interrupting supper time of families, but they have a hard time pleasing everyone. They usually report in with the sheriffs office to let them know where they're soliciting. In most cases, they operate out of their own pockets to perform their duties for the community; they get no pay or reimbursement. Always take care of your own safety first, but please be tolerant of their needs as well. They're there helping us. And let's face it - they're just like any other emergency service. Nobody needs them until they need them. Out of sight, out of mind. Support your local rescue squad. Before you ask, I'm not on the rescue squad.

Happy new year to you, and all who read this. God bless your household.
seriously

United States

#14 Dec 30, 2011
How is this any different then your neighborhood girlscout going door to door selling cookies or any other school aged child selling fund raiser items for school?
bgky

Canton, OH

#15 Dec 30, 2011
Because the rescue squad decided to hire people to solicit door to door. These people do interrupt dinner and more than one are pushy. I haven't had a child show up at the door in years and suspect the scouts rarely go to random homes knocking on doors.
Other non profit groups work as hard or harder than the rescue squad and serve larger populations on a regular basis. They have organized fundraising events with dinners, runs, silent auctions, etc without cold call door knocking. You can spare the guilt trip as I volunteer many more hours than the folks with the rescue squad, I know a good many of them. Nice people but they're like the FOP and KSP Association which is too lazy to give effort at fundraising. They'd rather annoy people with telephone solicitors so you donate your money for them to feel good about handing out food baskets.
I love BG

Bowling Green, KY

#16 Dec 30, 2011
seriously wrote:
How is this any different then your neighborhood girlscout going door to door selling cookies or any other school aged child selling fund raiser items for school?
I believe the Girl Scouts and schools tell children to only go to people's houses who they know. And my experience has been that they come during daylight hours. Also, when I tell them that I am not interested, they politely thank me for my time rather than trying to make me feel bad for not wanting or not being able to donate. Very different, in my opinion.
my 2 cents

Elizabethtown, KY

#17 Dec 30, 2011
He's actually seeking help to pay for feeding his game chickens he's reaising for fighting. Lives off or veterans memorial. Can't miss it, blue barrels all over the yard, hundreds of them.
The Hitman

Canton, OH

#18 Dec 30, 2011
bgky wrote:
Because the rescue squad decided to hire people to solicit door to door. These people do interrupt dinner and more than one are pushy. I haven't had a child show up at the door in years and suspect the scouts rarely go to random homes knocking on doors.
Other non profit groups work as hard or harder than the rescue squad and serve larger populations on a regular basis. They have organized fundraising events with dinners, runs, silent auctions, etc without cold call door knocking. You can spare the guilt trip as I volunteer many more hours than the folks with the rescue squad, I know a good many of them. Nice people but they're like the FOP and KSP Association which is too lazy to give effort at fundraising. They'd rather annoy people with telephone solicitors so you donate your money for them to feel good about handing out food baskets.
Look at the big picture. Do the girlscouts do what the rescue squad does? If you heard there was going to be a silent auction to benefit the rescue squad, would you go? As I said, you're not going to make everyone happy. It's a pretty small price to pay, and a petty thing to debate.
I love BG

Bowling Green, KY

#19 Dec 31, 2011
The Hitman wrote:
<quoted text>
Look at the big picture. Do the girlscouts do what the rescue squad does? If you heard there was going to be a silent auction to benefit the rescue squad, would you go? As I said, you're not going to make everyone happy. It's a pretty small price to pay, and a petty thing to debate.
Hitman,

I don't believe anyone has questioned the validity of the Rescue Squad as an organization. I believe they provide an important service to our community and have financially supported them in the past. However, to say that it is petty to discuss their fundraising tactics of having an aggressive man bang on doors after dark leads me to assume that you must be a man as your name implies. Your wife or teenage daughter (if you have either) likely would feel diffrently if he stopped by unannounced after dark and they were home alone. As for our home, this organization's tactics has led us to decide that we will no longer consider requests to donate made in this manner.
bgky

Canton, OH

#20 Dec 31, 2011
The Hitman wrote:
<quoted text>Look at the big picture. Do the girlscouts do what the rescue squad does? If you heard there was going to be a silent auction to benefit the rescue squad, would you go? As I said, you're not going to make everyone happy. It's a pretty small price to pay, and a petty thing to debate.
Manner of fundraising is the issue. If the rescue squad is critical then people will donate. Don't see VFDs sending solicitors door to door.

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