Dear AARBF friends and family:
Running a nonprofit is really rewarding, and at times can be really challenging. As a statewide organization that is committed to enhancing the lives of burn survivors and preventing burn injuries, we rely on bringing our community together to advance our mission. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted our fundraising events, our mission to enhance the quality of life of those affected by burn injuries through our supportive programs and meaningful interactions, our school-based prevention educational programs and even our day-to-day work as staff.
But thanks to your contributions and ongoing support, even during these uncertain times, AARBF’s programming will continue. We will remain open and offer new virtual programs and meetups. Our organization is technology equipped to continue our work remotely. Our staff have paid sick time and flexibility in their work schedules to continue their work at AARBF, while still being able to tend to their own families and needs.
And while we are a little bit nervous about disruption to our fundraising events as 50% of our revenue is derived from these pancake breakfasts, relays, golf outings and other creative gatherings hosted by fire departments companies and individuals across California, we are putting the safety of everyone first and postponing or moving these events to virtual platforms. We have faith that we will get through this together.
When I met with my Board and Council for an emergency meeting to formalize the path ahead, everyone knew that we were only able to do this because of the generosity of friends like you. Thank you for standing with us. Your gift made it possible for us to continue to support survivors – many of whom have compromised immune systems because of their injuries – at a time when they need us most.
If you are not already, I would encourage you to follow us on Facebook (@alisannruchburnfoundation) and Instagram (@aarbf) to receive the most up to date news on our upcoming events, and any program date changes or cancellations.
We hope that you and your family are doing well. AARBF will be here for you, and all of California, as you have been there for us.
Take care of yourself and know that you are appreciated by the entire AARBF community.
In health and wellness,
Jennifer Radics-Johnson, MBA, CFRE, CVA