WBC volunteers assisting with registration
It is with deep appreciation that we are celebrating over 1,100 volunteers at the Phoenix Society as part of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27th). Our volunteers are those everyday people who do extraordinary things for us, and include burn survivors, family members, firefighters, healthcare professionals and people in the local communities.
Since our organization’s founding, volunteers have been a source of action, contribution and moving the cause of burn awareness and improved burn care forward. You, our volunteers, are critically important to burn survivors and their families, because you make the programs at the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors possible. For those interested in volunteering for the Phoenix Society, additional information may be found at http://www.phoenix-society.org/waystogive/volunteer
What do our volunteers do and how do they support the Phoenix Society? For starters, our volunteers fulfill some of our most fundamental roles in the programs we offer to support burn survivors and their families on the road to recovery.
– SOAR Volunteers: Over 900 volunteers serve our peer support program, SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery). These volunteers are comprised of coordinators, trainers, and peer supporters, and deliver the transforming power of peer support for hospitalized burn survivors and their families, which is essential to complete recovery. More professionals than ever are recognizing the impact of “talking to someone who has been there”. Peer support volunteers help others to thrive again!
– Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress: Over 250 volunteers come together to support our annual conference.. This life-changing event is touched by volunteers who may be participating in a Phoenix Society program for the first time and others that have returned year after year to participate in our conference. Volunteer roles at World Burn Congress:
- Committees – a team of volunteers who work behind the scenes to coordinate all of the functions that produce Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress. This group coordinates everything from program sessions, media, hospitality / food, entertainment, transportation, silent auction, and the volunteer staff.
- “AV Seals” – a team of volunteers who organize and run all of the AV, lighting, and equipment for the entire conference.
- UBelong – a compassionate and caring group of burn care professionals, family members and burn survivors who volunteer to create a memorable experience for families, kids and young adults by delivering a session full of fun, social skill building and peer group interaction.
- General Support – “Many hands make light work”; and we need the many hands to distribute t-shirts, transport attendees, move boxes, run registration and all the other behind the scenes work to make the event run smoothly.
– Phoenix Society Advocates: Our advocate volunteers are those individuals committed to influencing positive changes in their lives, their communities and in their selected governments by sharing their story. They become that “voice” for burn survivors and families, to support national prevention initiatives.
– General Phoenix Society support: We continue to receive behind the scenes support for our organization through such terrific volunteers that help with general tasks such as preparing mailings, stuffing envelopes, or offering their specialized services such as writing and consulting. All the volunteers out there sharing Phoenix Society information, programs and resources to those who need to find it most.
– Phoenix Society Board of Directors: Our board is comprised of skilled volunteers with a vested interest in the burn community. The Directors volunteer their time and contribute their skills and knowledge to assist and oversee the operations of the Phoenix Society. The board includes survivors, family members of those with burn injuries, and many industry and corporation experts.
SOAR peer supporter volunteers attend a training session
35 years of providing services and helping burn survivors everywhere get back to living -Phoenix Society continues to be a small staff with an inspiring base of volunteers across the country, whose enormous energy and commitment continue to support or efforts to ensure everyone affected by burn injury has the tools and resources they need to thrive again!
Phoenix Society would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the individuals, organizations and supporters of the work we do. Together, we can make these programs and resources available for anyone who is suffering from the affects of burn injury.
“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you.” ~Author Unknown
Interested in volunteering? Go to our volunteer page on our website for more information!