The Fire & Burn Foundation is seeking to expand agency capacity to serve the people and communities of the Inland Empire. Programs and services of the Foundation are provided free of charge to those we serve. To ensure that our programs and services are available to the community, the Foundation Executive Director and Board of Directors are engaged in fundraising activities throughout the year. The agency endeavors to be a “charity of choice” for donors. Because the agency operates as a true public benefit agency, there is never a charge for the programs and services we provide.
Financial resources are used to provide programs, burn survivor support activities, benevolent services and special projects. Currently, the Foundation is focused on three distinct but mission-related areas:
To provide fire and burn prevention programs and materials independently and in conjunction with other medical, fire service, civic groups and citizens of the communities we serve.
To provide compassionate support to burn survivors and their families.
To support burn injury research and treatment at the Edward G. Hirschman Burn Center at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California.
The Foundation provides language and age-appropriate prevention literature to schools, community-based organizations, fire departments, medical facilities, and to individual citizens at community health fairs, Fire Prevention Week activities and fire department open houses.
The agency is a proud co-host of Youth Camp, a specialized camp for children and youth recovering from the often lingering effects of a burn injury, both physical and emotional. Youth Camp is operated in the winter snow areas of the San Bernardino Mountains (the four-day winter camp) and warm and sunny mountains of San Diego County (one-week summer camp). The camps take advantage of the synergy and resources of both the Burn Institute and the Fire & Burn Foundation. This specialized camp is staffed by a small army of dedicated individuals that volunteer their time. Many of the camp counselors and volunteers are burn survivors themselves. Others are off-duty firefighters, medical professionals and other community members. There are many volunteer opportunities for the camps and other agency needs throughout the year.
Agency resources are also used to provide emergency financial and other support to burn patients and family members. This assistance might be used to aid a wife coping with her husband’s serious burn injury; perhaps help a mother deal with her burn-injured child as he or she goes through painful rehabilitation, or assisting with the daunting needs of a family just burned out of their home. Something as simple as coming home from the burn unit can become a formidable task for a burn patient. The Institute also assists the medical and social work staff of the Burn Center in acquiring assistance to help low-income individuals improve their lives. This program provides items such as purchasing pressure garments to reduce scarring.