Any monetary contribution that can save a life is money well spent.

Which is why it's important for residents to fill out and return their annual subscription fund drive to the Palmerton Community Ambulance Association Inc.

The 2010-11 subscription fund drive is now being mailed out, and the forms are simple to fill out, according to Jeanie Solarczyk, president of the PCAA.

"The rates are the same," Solarczyk said. "We kept it simple."

Solarczyk said many residents don't realize the benefits associated with their membership.

"When they join and we bill their insurance, if you are a subscriber, the balance is pretty much wiped clean," she said. "And, they get discounts for using the wheelchair van."

Through last year's fund drive, Solarczyk said the PCAA was able to purchase a newer ambulance, along with some new equipment to better serve the community.

"The return was good," she said. "We have purchased more wheelchair vans this past year due to the increase of patients needing transports by wheelchair to and from appointments or coming home from the hospital."

Solarczyk said residents who have not yet received their subscription forms in the mail can call 610-826-7600.

The PCAA is a nonprofit organization that offers Basic Life Support ambulance that provides both emergency and non-emergency treatment and transport, and has a crew on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its emergency staff consists of EMT's and First Responders. It also offers a wheelchair/stretcher service to clinics, doctor's offices, dialysis center, out patient procedures at acute care hospitals, and skilled and assisted nursing facilities performed by three wheelchair vans.

The ambulance association serves residents in the coverage area, which includes Palmerton, Lower Towamensing Township, and Bowmanstown. It also covers parts of East Penn Township – from Route 895 to Smith Lane; Towamensing Township – from Forest Inn Road onto Route 209 from Station Street at Shepard's Place to Koch Road and everywhere in between, and beginning in the section of Kunkletown.

Formed in 1945 by the Palmerton Fire Company, the group moved into its current site in 1972. It then underwent renovations in 1998.