Illinois Fire Safety Alliance supporters are cordially invited to attend the celebration of just a few of the many outstanding supporters who have made a significant difference in organization’s mission. Those who have exemplified volunteerism in addition to our “Diamond Level” contributors from last year will be recognized – Come and hear all about the great work they have done to support fire safety and burn survivors across the state.
Through the support and generosity of so many individuals, groups, and businesses, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, through the pandemic, has continued to maintain old and develop new programs and services to both reduce the number of burn-related injuries and deaths across the state as well as support those affected by burn-related injuries…
I started in the fire and security industry 20 years ago and I remember someone suggesting that we attend this camp as a way to give back but also meet with local key people in the fire industry. I remember the first year driving home from camp exhausted but also with this feeling of such accomplishment that we were able to help those who needed it. I admit to being hooked from that day forward.
After attending my first camp, I never looked back and wanted nothing more than to make the IFSA family a part of my life. As a survivor, it’s a personal matter to give back and help other survivors, which is why I continue to stay connected to the IFSA to this day and help where I can.
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s first-ever Camp “I Am Me” Golf Classic was held at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling on September 22nd. The fundraiser was able to net $20,000 to support Illinois’ camp for young burn survivors while treating guests to a wonderful day of lunch, dinner, golf, and prizes!
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s signature program, Camp “I Am Me,” provides a special and unforgettable one-week camp experience for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns. 2022’s camp will represent the 31st year of Illinois’ camp for young burn survivors and the IFSA is looking for compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers to help during the entire week of camp – in the cabins, at the various activities, and having just as great of an experience as each of the 70 campers!
Camp is a two-way street – the campers get something out of it and volunteers do too. For the kids, they get to be in an environment where they can be themselves and not just the kid that has burn scars. They are just regular kids that were delt a bad hand. What volunteers get out of the program is the joy of providing this environment for these amazing kids. One thing that I personally noticed about this is that I no longer notice people that might look “different” from others. I see the person, not the difference.
In late-July, several members of Chicago Water & Fire Restoration gathered at the IFSA office in Mount Prospect to assemble 80 smoke alarm installation kits. Through the cooperation of First Alert, the IFSA will be hosting a series of eight media events throughout Illinois this year to educate the public on the new Illinois smoke alarm law, which will take effect in a couple years…
There are roles volunteering at camp, fundraising, helping with legislation, identifying burn survivors, and other projects. It takes a volunteer army to achieve the goals of the organization. If you believe in preventing burns and supporting survivors, I encourage people to call the office and look for opportunities to help. It can be very rewarding.
The Maplebrook School students are compassionate, loving, and kind. As a school, part of their mission is to encourage their students to be community contributors while also finding ways to build their inner wealth. One way the students do that is by getting involved in the community. To help encourage their students to be involved in the community, the Maplebrook Student Council hosted their Capture-It games. Capture-It provided students the opportunity to raise funds for the IFSA’s Camp “I Am Me.” The Capture-It games provided a meaningful way for the students of Maplebrook to learn that…