Yes! Services or connections to services statewide are offered through your regional office. Please contact your regional office for available prevention materials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many volunteer opportunities with AARBF:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.