The fundraiser is done via mailings to residents. Suggested donations of $25 are asked of residents, and $100 of businesses.
"If they give us $25 that's fine; if they give us $5 that's fine; if they give us $500 that's above and beyond what we we're asking for," said Vanderwerker.
As of Monday, April 27, REMS had collected around $20,000 from residents and businesses in the Town of Rotterdam. The organization sent out 5,000 mailings last week and, as of Tuesday, April 28, had received back 781. Another mailing is expected to go out next month.
"So far we've gotten good response from the community," said Vanderwerker.
Bonk, who is helping to organize the fundraiser as a volunteer, said that Vanderwerker "has been managing [REMS], putting his heart and soul into it for the past six months."
Bonk said that residents are responding well to the fundraiser, and that many of them are including letters of encouragement with their donations.
"We're getting some very nice notes that come in with the donations, and we tack them up on the wall, saying 'You're doing well, guys,' and 'Keep it up,'" said Bonk.""