Muscular Dystrophy Association
Since 1954, IAFF members have stood on the front lines for MDA, working together to free individuals – and the families who love them – from the devastating effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. The “Fill the Boot” campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of off-duty fire fighters hit the streets or storefronts asking passersby to donate to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.
According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, more than 15 million children in the United States live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level. Some parents have to choose between food, shelter, and warm clothing. The IAFF partnered with Operation Warm in 2012 to provide brand new, made-in-the-USA winter coats to children in need.
WSCFF Burn Foundation
The WSCFF Burn Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1987 to provide funding for burn research, prevention and education as well as care and counseling for burn victims and their families. The work of the foundation ranges from providing emergency housing for burn patients’ families to funding for Camp Eyabsut—a week-long summer camp for youth burn survivors. The Foundation also supports Harborview Burn Center and helps to provide a number of educational programs about burn prevention.
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Cancer is a dangerous threat to the health and safety of America’s fire fighters. The mission of this non-profit organization is to provide timely assistance to fire fighters and their family members in the event of a cancer diagnosis. It supports fire fighters facing cancer by providing numerous practical resources and assigning a fellow fire fighter as a mentor to provide strength and support. The FCSN also works to prevent cancer by educating first responders about the importance of cancer screenings and early detection.