MDA is the World’s largest non-governmental sponsor of research seeking the causes of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. MDA sponsors 400 research projects annually. This organization is funded through “Fill the Boot”, lock-ups, golf tournaments, car washes, silent auctions, and private donations. “Fill the Boot” accounts for roughly 25% of all the money raised by the Razorback Chapter of MDA which serves northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma.
Local 2866 have worked really hard to get a city ordinance changed that allows us to solicit donations on the streets of Fayetteville. We raised roughly $30,000 every year for MDA through our “Fill the Boot” campaign.
The money we raise goes towards purchasing specialized medical and therapeutic care, free flu vaccinations, assistance with the purchase and repair of wheelchairs, leg braces, assistive communication devices, support groups for individuals and family members, MDA summer camps for children, and on-going public education and up-to-date information thru MDA’s web sites, publications, videos, seminars, and media placements.
Local 2866 is involved with the Special Olympics of Arkansas. We run the stop watches at the finish line of the area games. The games are held here in Fayetteville Arkansas at Harmon field on the Fayetteville High School campus. These games are held in the Spring each year. We also run the watches at the State games held in Searcy at Harding University. These games are usually held in May. We have also handed out medals at the games. Local 2866 have active and retired members that are involved with Special Olympics of Arkansas.
The IAFF Local 2866 Childrens Scholarship fund was set up to help the children of members of Local 2866 to futher their education beyond high school. Each child will receive $300 for ten (10) semesters to help pay for college or a trade school of their choice. In addition to money raised by fund raisers, each member has $1 per month of their dues dedicated to the fund.
When the City of Fayetteville decided to cut a program call Movies in the Park the Fayetteville Firefighters decided it was way too valuable of a program for our citizens to lose. It was decided by the membership of Local 2866 to sponsor the program as one of our charities. Movies in the Park provide free movies to families in a friendly atmosphere. Movies are shown at Wilson Pool where families can spend watch the movie from the pool on inflatable chairs or from the area around the pool. We encourage every one to attend. You might even see a Firefighter.
Camp Sunshine was founded in 1991 as an attempt to promote physical and emotional healing, growth and development of burned children. Children who sustain burn injury have needs which are best met by other burn survivors. Camp Sunshine gives survivors, both adult and pediatric across the state of Arkansas an opportunity to establish lasting friendships, experience personal growth and develop lifelong memories. Camp Sunshine assists in the transformation of Burn Victim to Burn Survivor."
To attend camp, certain criteria must be met. Future campers must have survived a 10% or greater full thickness burn and may have significant scarring, disability or scarring to the hands or face. The age range is from 4 to 16 years. At 16 a camper becomes a Junior Staff member, at 18 they choose to be a Counselor in Training or a Volunteer in Training. Camp is ongoing for as long as the survivor wishes to attend.
Camp Sunshine is provided free of charge to the camper – all counselors and volunteers attend on a volunteer basis. Funding is totally provided by the Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters who conduct fundraisers throughout each year to raise the thousands of dollars needed. Camp Sunshine takes place every year on the 3rd weekend in August, commencing the Thursday and runs for 4 days
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