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Northern CA Regional Message – June 2022

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Northern CA Regional Message – June 2022

My name is Scott Wertz and I am the Regional Manager for Northern California. Below is my message to you for the month of June 2022.

Hello Survivors, Supporters and Volunteers,

June has arrived and that means camp season is here, we hope to see many of you at Champ Camp but if not, there are many more opportunities to join us this summer! See below for the Outdoor Trip and keep your eye out for the Adult Kayak Trip and the Getaway Family Camp. Hope to see all of our community throughout the summer!

If you are a burn survivor and family member and wish to be added to our monthly email, please email info@aarbf.org and indicate your region.

Art Expression

June 23, 2022

Join us as we bring a little of the camp spirit to your home with Art Expression! Kelly “Sunflower” Dern will guide you through the steps of making a truly unique item through tie dye. We’ll supply the dyes and you’ll supply the t-shirt, socks, or whatever you want to turn into a wonderful work of art!

Click here to register.

Outdoor Trip

July 29-31, 2022

Join us in the great outdoors! We’ll be spending the weekend kayaking, rock climbing and fishing in Alpine Lake at the Calaveras Big Tree National Forest July 29-31, 2022. Space is limited, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible!

Click here to learn more about this trip and to register. Don’t delay – registration is due by July 1, 2022.

Champ Camp 2022

June 11-18, 2022

Registration is now open – click here to register!

We are super excited for Champ Camp! If you haven’t yet registered, please do so right away using the link above. Be sure to watch our social media during the week of June 11-18 for pictures and videos from camp!

Click here to visit the Champ Camp page to learn more about this program.

Woody and Louise Reed Bridge to Life Scholarships

Applications close June 24, 2022

The application deadline is fast approaching! If you are pursuing an education after high school – whether it is at a university or technical institution, you are encouraged to apply for the Woody and Louise Reed Bridge to Life Scholarship.

The Woody and Louise Reed Bridge to Life Scholarship program provides support to burn survivors and their family members who have been involved in the life of AARBF and need financial aid to pursue an education after high school.

Visit our website at https://www.aarbf.org/project/bridge-to-life-scholarship/ and apply today. Don’t delay, the application closes on June 24, 2022.

Champy-On Fundraiser

Now – June 10, 2022

The Champy-On fundraiser will end on Friday, June 10, 2022. Even if you’re not a part of a team – it’s not too late to help. Simply share the Champy-On link on your social media accounts and with family and friends. With your help – we can send 50 kids to camp!

Please share this link: https://p2p.onecause.com/champyon22

Support Groups

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center – June 7, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an in-person regional support group open to both survivors and their family members. Currently this group is meeting virtually, but will convert back to an in-person group as soon as it is safe to do so. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to register.

North/East Bay Burn Survivor – June 8, 2022 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. This is an in-person regional support group open to both survivors and their family members. Currently this group is meeting virtually, but will convert back to an in-person group as soon as it is safe to do so. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to register.

Saint Francis – June 23, 2022 from 11:30am – 1:00pm. This is an in-person regional support group open to both survivors and their family members. Currently this group is meeting virtually, but will convert back to an in-person group as soon as it is safe to do so. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to register.

Caregiver – June 2, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an online state-wide support group for family members, care givers and loved ones of burn survivors. This group is closed to burn survivors. To register, please contact Daniel Chacon at dchacon@aarbf.org.

Spanish Speaking – June 21, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm (New Time). This is an online support group specifically designed for Spanish-speaking burn survivors. To register, please contact Margarita Rodriguez at mrodriguez@aarbf.org.

Statewide – June 16, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an online support group open to both burn survivors and their loved ones throughout California. To register, please contact Daniel Chacon at dchacon@aarbf.org.

Peer Support – Not everyone is comfortable in a group setting, which is why the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation offers one-on-one Peer Support. Peer Support is a power tool for healing from a burn trauma. There is something magical that happens when one survivor sits and shares their experience and healing process with another. Peer support can relieve the feeling of being all alone in your experience. Peer support can come in many forms; a burn survivor talking to another burn survivor, a parent talking to another parent or loved one. This service is not limited to burn survivors. A burn injury can affect the entire family, caregivers and other loved ones. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to get started today.

Back to School Support (available upon request) – Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to learn more about this program.

Featured Videos

AARBF’s Multimedia Resource Library includes tip sheets, videos, stories, and so much more. Video content within the library has been developed by the AARBF Community; including our staff, volunteers, burn survivors and community partners! Below are our featured videos for June!

Sculpting with Jamba

This video was created as part of our Art Expression Series. Jamba will share his journey while walking you through the beginning steps of working with clay.

Intermediate Yoga

Follow along as Dr. J takes you to the next level of yoga. Remember with our videos, you can work at your own pace.

Gratitude Journals

Learn how journaling can help you focus on positive things and help to reduce stress.