We all volunteer for different reasons. For some, volunteering is an opportunity to give back to the community. For others, it’s a way to make a difference. Regardless of why you volunteer, giving back to the burn community is a great way to help others get back to living.
Benefits of Volunteering
After volunteering, almost everyone will say they feel good about themselves. Whether the volunteers feel a sense of accomplishment or their mood is heightened, giving back has excellent benefits. Research has found that volunteering leads to better health including greater functional ability, lower mortality rates, and lower rates of depression than those who do not volunteer. Additionally, volunteering improves social interaction which helps improve physical and mental health.
Other benefits from volunteering include:
- Lowers risk for anxiety
- Increases self-esteem and confidence
- Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s
- Teaches new skills and gain experience
- Ability to meet new people and build friendships
How to Volunteer with Phoenix Society
Volunteering with Phoenix Society is a strong tool in helping support our community and making sure that no one has to recover from a burn injury alone. No matter who you are, whether you are a burn survivor, friend, firefighter, or just someone who wants to volunteer, giving back to with Phoenix Society is rewarding and greatly benefits the burn community.
Phoenix World Burn Congress
"For 13 years I have struggled and straddled that world as an unscarred survivors and caregiver. Phoenix Society has welcomed me and given me a sense of family, community, purpose, and belonging. I love coming here as a volunteer. You all help me far more than I help you!" - Phoenix WBC Volunteer
Phoenix World Burn Congress (WBC) is a dynamic event that brings together burn survivors, their families, medical professionals, first responders, and more to share stories, provide support, and increase knowledge of burn recovery. Our Phoenix WBC volunteers allow us to reach more people, run more programs, and assist more attendees. Phoenix WBC volunteers get to enjoy the conference as well as give back to the community. Please note – Phoenix WBC volunteers do not receive free registration.
“I can’t tell you how valuable having our SOAR program here has been in the past year! I believe it is making a huge difference in our patients’ lives and recovery.” - Phoenix SOAR Coordinator
Phoenix SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) connects burn survivors and loved ones to a caring community of people who share the experience of a burn injury. This hospital-based program is designed to make it easier for burn centers to work with volunteers in providing peer support to patients. Phoenix SOAR peer supporters (volunteers) make it possible to help connect burn survivors to a community. As a peer supporter, you will share insight, compassion, and a listening ear to new burn survivors and their loved ones.