Paula Livingston, a life long Fayston resident, is one of the mainstays of the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service (MRVAS). She is a well educated person but has chosen to live a simple life. She works as a caregiver in a half-way house in Waterbury. She volunteers with the ambulance as a crew-chief which requires an advanced level of training and is the person in charge of a call.
She gives countless hours to the ambulance in this capacity. Even though she works night shifts in Waterbury, she still signs up for day shifts on the ambulance and even more important, is always there when additional resources are needed, for example when there are multiple calls going on at the same time. And she is always one of the most positive and relaxed people, even when everything is raining down around us on call.
Paula was in a serious auto accident on July 29, 2012. She will be coming home soon but will be in a wheel chair and unable to work for some time. A group of Paula’s friends have gotten together to make her house wheelchair accessible.
Ambulance members, church members from Warren and Waitsfield and Valley residents have already put in many hours working on her house. But financial help is needed if we are to make this key step in Paula’s recovery happen. We need to raise $20,000 to $25,000 and this needs to be done in a Valley that has already given so much in the aftermath of Irene.
Our sponsoring organization is Amurtel, an international 501 (C)-3 organization that is dedicated to helping women and children become self-sufficient. They operate in over 80 countries around the world and Joni Zweig is the Western Hemisphere President.
Their website is www.amurtel.org. You will get the required IRS documentation from Amurtel.
“The mission of AMURTEL is to alleviate suffering and to provide immediate and long term relief to women and children in need, in a manner that will improve their overall quality of life. “