The Butte County Firefighters’ Burn and Benevolent Foundation:
What is it all about?
The purpose of the Foundation is to:
- Provide financial assistance to the families of its members in case of death, disability or serious injury/illness
- Provide limited financial assistance to citizens of Butte County directly impacted by emergencies and/or events
- Provide financial support to established nonprofit organizations (such as Burn Centers, Children Cancer Camps, etc.)
- Provide limited financial support to community events that impact the membership
The Foundation was started back in the late 1970s to early 1980s, getting its financial start from the annual North Chico Pancake Breakfast. It was originally named the Butte County Firefighters Burn and Benevolent Fund. The Foundation became stagnant in the late 1980s until about 1998. In 2000, a great idea was brought forward by a member to embark on an annual Community Crab Feed. The Crab Feed has been a significant success and is the Foundation’s primary annual fundraiser.
Every season, the number of members fluctuates but the Butte County Firefighters Benevolent Foundation provides assistance to over 300 families annually. During the summer, the foundation supports 338 Uniformed Personnel and 98 On-Duty Strength Firefighters. During the winter, the Foundation assists 240 Uniformed Personnel. In addition to the seasonal employees, the Butte County Firefighters Benevolent Foundation also endorses 19 Department Chiefs, 16 Civilian Personnel and 168 County Volunteers each year.
The Foundation annually contributes to non-profit organizations such as the Butte County Fire Explorers, Firefighter Cancer Support Network, Camp Okizu, the Shriners Children’s Hospital, and various burn camps, to mention a few. The Foundation has been very active with supporting the needs of members, allied agency personnel (local law enforcement and other agency firefighters) as well as our Butte County residents.
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The Board of Directors is committed to maintaining a solvent Foundation so it is always ready and prepared to assist each and every member during times of crisis. The current Board of Directors contains Troy Hand, Joe Verska, Austin Wiseman, Adam Mack, and Greg Holman. Other than these five board members, the Butte County Firefighters Benevolent Fund relies heavily on the support of our volunteers. Some of our most reliable volunteers are the Butte County Fire Explorers who are annual volunteers at the annual Crab Feed.