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Frequently Asked Questions

» Burn Prevention Education
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» Volunteering
» Making a Donation

If you do not see your question answered here, please contact one of AARBF's regional offices and a staff person will be happy to help you.

Burn Prevention Education

› Can I have materials/information to present fire prevention information to my child's classroom?

Yes! Services or connections to services statewide are offered through your regional office.  Please contact your regional office for available prevention materials.

› Can AARBF arrange for a firefighter to visit to my school?

Services or connections to services statewide are offered through your regional office.  If your school is in San Francisco please see the San Francisco Firefighters In Safety Education (FISE) program.  Please contact your regional office for all scheduling questions. 

› Does AARBF have a juvenile fire setter program? What resources are available for juvenile fire setters?

AARBF refers parents of juvenile fire setters in the Greater Los Angeles Area to Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. For resources throughout California, visit Idea Bank.  Please contact your regional office for additional help.

› Will you take a juvenile fire setter to visit burn survivors in the burn unit?

Burn centers are intensive care units where the primary concern is the care and privacy of patients. If you are interested in visiting a burn center please contact your local hospital for volunteer opportunities.

› Can I take and publish photos of kids at AARBF events for education purposes?

It is AARBF policy to ask that you maintain the privacy of child burn survivor program participants.  For approved pictures please visit our photo album.  We ask that you get approval from AARBF staff before using any materials from the website.

Survivor Services

› I am fine/our child is fine, do we need to participate in Burn Survivor programs? Why are our programs important?

AARBF programs are very important to the recovery process.  Peer support helps build confidence for burn survivors recovering after an injury. Participation in peer programs increases self-esteem and are a good opportunity for survivors to connect with those with similar injuries.  For more information about the importance of AARBF programs, please contact your local survivor services coordinator.

› Can parents and siblings attend survivor events?

AARBF survivor events are solely for those with burn injuries.  AARBF hosts holiday parties throughout the State of California, giving families of burn survivors an opportunity to come together and celebrate. Adult burn survivors can bring their support network including parents and/or siblings to the Getaway. This is an opportunity for adult survivors to share their experiences with a statewide network of people affected by burn injuries.

AARBF partners with the Firefighters Burn Institute and Shriners Hospital of Sacramento to host Little Heroes; a recovery program for burn survivors ages 3 – 6 and their families. 

› What programs are available for adult burn survivors?

AARBF offers burn survivor peer support groups on a monthly basis in the Northern and Central office regions.  In the Southern region, burn survivor support groups are offered weekly.  For more information about times and locations, please click here

Adult survivors are invited to attend The Getaway, a three-day retreat offered annually during Labor Day Weekend in Oakhurst, CA. Please contact your regional office with any questions you may have.

› My family moved, is my child still eligible to attend AARBF events?

Yes!  While many AARBF events are regional, staff encourages any past attendees to continue to attend.  Please contact your regional office to get more information about pick-up and drop-off opportunities.

› I cannot pay the registration fee for survivor events.

AARBF program fees for regional events are minimal to ensure participation to those who want to attend.  If you are unable to pay the registration fee, there are scholarship opportunities available.  Please contact your regional office for scholarship information. 

› I cannot get transportation to the Champ Camp pick-up or drop-off location.

AARBF partners with Angel Flight for those unable to meet at one of the five Champ Camp pick-up locations.  If you are unable to make it to a pick-up or drop-off location, please contact your regional office and the survivor services coordinator to discuss additional options available.

› The timing of Champ Camp, conflicts with surgery/scheduled burn care.

A child’s care is AARBF’s number one priority.  Please speak with your physician to discuss your child’s specific care needs as well as the level of activity your child can participate. A physician’s approval is required for every camper to attend camp. Champ Camp has a qualified medical team who is familiar with burn care.

› Are scholarships for the World Burn Congress available?

Scholarships for World Burn Congress are available through the Phoenix Society.  Please contact the Phoenix Society for more information on scholarships offered. 

› Why don’t more kids participate in survivor events?

AARBF is committed to safeguarding the physical and emotional health of burn survivors.  AARBF strives to maintain a high event quality, limiting the number of participants as well as requiring an appropriate chaperone to child participant ratio to ensure standards are met. 

Survivor Services: Hospital/Financial Support

› Can AARBF help me with transportation costs to get to out-patient burn care visits?

Yes!  AARBF offers financial support to qualified individuals for transportation to and from out-patient burn care visits.  Please contact your regional office and speak a survivor services coordinator for financial support questions.

› Can AARBF help with larger burn-care costs?

AARBF has a Burn Survivor Emergency Relief Fund (BSERF) to qualified individuals in need of additional help.  Please contact your regional office and speak with your local survivor services coordinator to discuss options further. 

Volunteering

› What opportunities are available for volunteers?

There are many volunteer opportunities with AARBF:

  • Direct Service: Champ Camp counselor, regional event volunteer, and support group participant.
  • Prevention Education: Health fairs, tabling at community events, prevention presentations, and San Francisco Firefighters In Safety Education.
  • Development/Fundraising: attending fundraising events, event organizing, employee donation matching, and corporate gift solicitation.  Please contact the development team in the San Francisco office for any questions.
  • Administrative: office support (mailings, telephone call event follow-up, etc.)
  • Executive Board of Directors.

Please contact your regional office to discuss current volunteer opportunities and needs.  You may also complete a volunteer application form to be considered for future volunteer openings.

› I work full time. Are there volunteer opportunities on weekends and evenings?

Yes!  There are volunteer opportunities on weekends throughout the year.  Many third party fundraising events and health fairs take place on the weekend.  Please contact your regional office to discuss volunteer opportunities.

› I need to complete 8 hours of community service, can I volunteer for AARBF?

Yes!  AARBF requires volunteers to be trained before participating in events to ensure quality volunteers for survivors.  Please fill out a volunteer application form so AARBF staff can help place you.

› I want to visit burn survivors in the hospital.

AARBF staff does not coordinate volunteer visits to burn centers due to HIPPA laws which protect patient privacy and safety.  If you are interested in volunteering at a burn center, please contact your local hospital and ask for their volunteer opportunities.

› Can I volunteer at Champ Camp?

If you are interested in becoming a new Champ Camp counselor, please fill out an application found on the AARBF website.  Applications are available every January for the coming year.

› I used to be a Champ Camp camper; can I volunteer at Camp?

Burn survivor counselors can be very beneficial to current campers.  Connecting with older burn survivor at Champ Camp can be an inspiration.  All new counselors go through an application and interview process before becoming a Champ Camp counselor.  You are welcome to complete a counselor application, available every January for the coming year.

› Why wasn’t I invited to volunteer for this event?

All volunteers must be 21 years old unless otherwise specified.  AARBF chooses volunteers based on availability, geography, and participation in past events.  AARBF staff takes into account volunteer individual skill set and experience. There are a limited number of volunteer spaces for each event. All volunteers must have gone through an orientation and training before participating in events.  Please contact your regional office with any questions about volunteerism.

Making a Donation

› I would like to donate my services/special skills to burn survivors.

If you would like to volunteer for an existing program/event, please fill out a volunteer application found on the AARBF website.  If you want to donate goods or services please contact your regional office or the development staff in the San Francisco office.

› I want to sponsor a specific child to go to camp.

Your donation to Champ Camp supports more than 120 burn injured children.  Donations can be made to support campers within a regional area.  All donations allocated for programs go into specific designated funds used for the selected program.  To make a donation please click the Donate Now or send a check made out to “Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation” to an AARBF office.

› I want to make a donation to the San Francisco office only.

AARBF is a statewide organization with three regional offices.  All staff work together to support burn survivors throughout California. Your unrestricted gift will ensure AARBF’s core burn survivor support and burn prevention education programs will continue. AARBF relies on your generous donations to make certain there are no gaps in service and staff can provide the highest quality services to burn survivors. To make a donation please click the Donate Now or send a check made out to “Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation” to an AARBF office.

› I want to donate to one specific program/activity.

AARBF’s greatest need is general operating support. Your unrestricted gift will ensure that AARBF’s core burn survivor support and burn prevention education programs will continue. AARBF relies on your generous donations to make certain there are no gaps in service and staff can provide the highest quality services to burn survivors.  You may select a designation in the online donation form or on the memo line of a check.

› Do we take donations at events?

Yes!  At events please make checks out to “Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation”.  You can also Donate Now via the AARBF website.

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