President's Volunteer Award Service

By: Michael Appleman, CEO


During the first half of 2005, the Burn Survivors Throughout The World, Inc. (BSTTW) board of directors felt that it would be a positive move for BSTTW to join the United States of America President's Volunteer Service Award Program (PVSAP).

BSTTW has representatives in the Africa, Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Israel, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Slovenia, Spain, the UK, the United States and Viet Nam.

BSTTW receives requests from individuals both burn survivors and non burn survivors from all areas around the world. Many of the volunteers hear about BSTTW by word of mouth. Others find out about BSTTW by searching the internet, finding the BSTTW Volunteer information and E-Form. And the final area that people find out about BSTTW and volunteering is newspapers, TV, other internet sites and Volunteer

As many of you reading this know, in the year 2000 there were 370,000 home fires in the United States. The result of those fires was 20,000 deaths and burn injuries combined. Just think how many people from around the world die or are injured daily due to home fires. It has been shown that children and the elderly are especially at risk in home fires. This is due to the fact that our children and the elderly are less able to escape a fire. We can improve the chances that our family will survive a home fire by installing smoke alarms and practicing fire safety and how to exit when the alarm sounds.

The PVSAP, is an initiative of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The PVSAP, honors individuals who volunteer with United States registered volunteer service. The PVSAP takes part in encouraging more kids, teenagers, adults and companies to volunteer, help others in need, raise funds for non profit organizations and join with non profit organizations like BSTTW to rebuild the lives of people who suffer a burn injury and their family members.

BSTTW offers many areas that our volunteers can take part in. You may want to work with children, help raise funds, be a secretary, answer phones, take part in our support group, take part in our advertising, help a family get to the hospital to see their loved on, volunteer in the USA, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, etc. All volunteers must keep records of their service. BSTTW offers a weekly, monthly and yearly report documents that must be filled out, signed and mailed to BSTTW .

BSTTW is the registered non profit organization that will review your volunteer records and submit the determination to the PVSAP.

To learn more about the PVSAP go to President's Volunteer Award Service Information. You can also find out more about volunteering with BSTTW at BSTTW Volunteer E-Form