Last week, I shared the news that Southborough Firefighters outsourced their fundraising calls to professionals. Funds were being raised for The Southborough Permanent Firefighters IAFF Local 3129.
I explained that only a portion of the proceeds would go to the firefighters. (That’s the trade off for using professionals.) Unfortunately, a complaint that one caller used deceptive tactics has put a halt to the efforts.
According to The Metrowest Daily News, a Southborough resident complained that a caller told him that he was a firefighter and all funds would go directly to the firefighters.
In a statement Monday, Southborough Permanent Firefighters Association Local 3129 said a professional company, All Pro Productions of Marlborough, began a fundraising drive on its behalf on Nov. 1.
The union said it became aware of a complaint about the company on Dec. 6 and, after speaking with All Pro, terminated the drive immediately “out of an abundance of caution.
“(Our) primary responsibility is to the citizens and businesses of the town of Southborough and we would like to continue to work together to make our community the best it can be,” the union wrote.
All Pro Vice President Maurice Rondeau said Monday that the company has made thousands of calls in Southborough in the past month and has received zero complaints.
For the full MWDN story, click here.
If you think it’s a shame that their fundraising efforts are halted, remember you can still support them. One way is through their Christmas Tree sales. But you can also contact the department to inquire about direct contributions.
(Image posted to Flickr by Philippe Put)