Amazon Smile makes it easy to shop great holiday deals from the comfort of your own home. Did you know it can also be a quick’n’easy way to give back as well?
It’s not hard to do, but it does take an extra step to unlock the bonus features. The entire shopping experience is the same and most products available on amazon.com are available at Amazon Smile.
Visit smile.amazon.com This is the hardest part! Using this address instead of the “normal” one makes your purchases eligible.
Sign in as normal. (Don’t worry, you’re still on Amazon.)
Choose Firefighters Burn Institute as your charity of choice. Use the search field to the right of the page to look up “Firefighters Burn Institute” from the list of possible matches. (The screens may look different depending on whether you’re already signed in or not.)
Begin shopping! It’s really that simple!
It really adds up!
Once you’ve selected your charity, everything works the same as always. No extra cost is passed onto you, but Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase to Firefighters Burn Institute! Want to see how your contribution is put to good use?
The Firefighters Burn Institute provides a limited number of scholarships for burn survivors and the medical professionals that care for them to attend the Phoenix Society’s “World Burn Congress”. The scholarship typically includes roundtrip airfare, hotel costs for approved conference nights and conference registration.
World Burn Congress (WBC) can be a life changing experience, not only for burn survivors, but for their family, friends and caregivers as well. WBC offers a supportive environment for transformational healing and gives those affected by burn injuries the tools to thrive again. Each year hundreds of burn survivors from all over the world come together to share their stories, find resources for their recovery and build a network for support. World Burn Congress is the world’s largest gathering of the burn community, connecting attendees with resources, support, and each other.
The Firefighters Burn Institute is honored to provide scholarships to those in need who would not otherwise be able to experience this life changing conference. The conference helps burn survivors and their families understand and cope with the physical and emotional challenges associated with burn recovery. WBC not only offers burn survivors the chance to meet others overcoming similar challenges, but also gives the hope and encouragement to go beyond merely surviving.
2019 World Burn Congress October 2-5, 2019
Scholarship Application Deadline: July 1, 2019
How to apply for a scholarship to attend WBC:
In order to be considered for a scholarship through the FFBI, please review the Scholarship Program Outline for instructions and requirements.
Become a FFBI Volunteer Together we can Accomplish Great Things
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is a waste of time. These gestures are full of affection, appreciation, and true wisdom. They benefit the brain and connect us with others in the most complete and noble way possible.
It’s interesting that Charles Darwin has already told us about the importance of kindness in human beings. According to him, this is our strongest and most valuable instinct, the one that makes survival possible not only for humanity as a species, but also for all living beings.
Join us in touching the lives of those affected by the devastation of a burn injury. Become a part of our wonderful team of passionate, gifted volunteers who inspire others.
“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
But despite the normal signs of the season coming to an end, I’m reminded each time I step outside into the heat that it’s far from over.
Consider this: there are over a dozen active fires in California right now that continue to burn in part because it is summer. Nearly 40 firefighters from our neighborhood firehouses are assisting local, state and federal firefighters in the battle to extinguish these fires. They are on hose lines as part of “strike teams.” They are bringing skills to management teams holding positions likes Deputy Incident Commander, Fireline paramedic, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, Resource and Facility Unit Leader and Task Force Leader. All of these are highly skilled positions that can be dangerous ones as well.
Your FFBI’s Response Team, staffed by firefighters volunteering their time, is put in place to assist the firefighters, their families, their department, union, association and medical staff when the dangerous nature of their job becomes an unfortunate event of a burn injury. The team has been at the FFBI Regional Burn Center at UC Davis seven times this year for our burn-injured firefighters. Four of the seven were battling the massive fires you have seen on the news, some have been in the burn unit for weeks, and all want to get back to protecting us. Summer is still not over for our firefighters.
All these firefighters are cut from the same cloth as their predecessors, the same firefighters that founded the FFBI. Every time I walk into my office located inside an antique firehouse, I am reminded of the fact that the FFBI – and ultimately the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UCDMC – would not exist if it were not for the hard work and dedication of the firefighters and those who support them.
Nearly 45 years ago, after a horrific plane crash at Farrell’s Ice Cream, firefighters created the FFBI to ensure that our community, northern California and beyond, would be served by the best burn care on the planet. They rose to the challenge exactly like our local firefighters are doing today, to ensure we are safe and protected. Virtues that our FFBI volunteers from all walks of life have embraced as well. We all carry on the mission of our founder Cliff Haskell and the firefighters of years past.
Our firefighters are out there protecting us day and night. Summer will not be over for all us…
Executive Director, Firefighters Burn Institute
Retired Battalion Chief, Sacramento Metro Fire Department