Volunteer Spotlight: UnitedHealthcare Chicago
Project Sunshine´'s UnitedHealthcare Chapter in Chicago has brightened the days of hundreds of
patients and families receiving treatment at Advocate Children´s Hospital at Park Ridge. Founded in 2013, this
chapter has worked tirelessly to bring arts and crafts activities and delicious Sunshine Chefs recipes to the children.
In 2014, the chapter took great strides to grow their volunteer membership, which allowed them
to bring joy to over 350 patients and families throughout the year. Denise Morrissey Chaveriat, Child Life Specialist
at Advocate Children�s Hospital, is grateful for the programming the chapter provides to her families. "I love that the
volunteers are always so cheerful and ready to have fun," Denise says. "Families laugh with Project Sunshine volunteers
and enjoy their visits." Each month, the group choses a seasonal theme for their program, and picks creative
arts activities and a recipe to match. In September, the group held a back to school party with notebooks
and lunch bags to decorate and a recipe for a fun after school snack�healthy mini strawberry cheesecakes!
Recently, volunteers have even begun visiting patients who are unable to leave their hospital
rooms. These special visits engage patients, many of whom have not been able to leave their
hospital room for days, by bringing tote bags filled with the arts and crafts. The children unpack
the colorful bags to discover fun activities that allow them to express their creativity and keep
Project Sunshine Chapter Leader Ingrid Bard always goes above and beyond to make the
programs shine! "We genuinely LOVE attending these events and I know our volunteer team is
so excited for the 2015 year, as it will be the best one yet." Project Sunshine certainly agrees!