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Volunteer Spotlight: Mother and Daughter Volunteer Duo

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Jill Fletchall, Project Sunshine's Indianapolis Chapter Leader, has a long history of spreading joy and promoting volunteerism. Seven years ago, after taking a hiatus from volunteering to raise her children, Jill founded Project Sunshine Indianapolis. Jill's chapter continues to bring smiles to children and families facing medical challenges and to motivate those who are involved as they volunteer regularly at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children.

 

Inspired by her mother's volunteerism and passion for Project Sunshine, Jill's daughter Molly started a Project Sunshine Kids for Kids chapter at her high school this past fall.

"I wanted to do what my mom did and make a difference in the community," Molly explains. Together, mother and daughter are spreading sunshine throughout Indianapolis! At Molly's first Project Sunshine event this past September, over sixty high school students learned how they could help make a difference. In only one semester Molly has organized several Craft Kit making sessions and fundraisers, including a dodge ball tournament that raised $300!

The mother and daughter team work in tandem to support each other's work. The club has used the money that Molly�s chapter raised to purchase much needed items including blankets, toys, and coloring books for the children and families where Jill's chapter volunteers.

When speaking about Project Sunshine, Molly says, "I love Project Sunshine because I feel I'm making an immediate impact on the lives of children and their families in my community. When I was younger, I was in the hospital a lot, and I want to help those children that are there now."

Through both their efforts mother and daughter are developing future Project Sunshine volunteers and Chapter Leaders.

More Volunteer Stories of Interest

Sports Illustrated model, Damaris Lewis, volunteered for her second year as a Project Sunshine Dance Camp instructor to empower young women through dance.
Emilio Delgado, who has played Luis on Sesame Street for 40 years, brought sunshine to pediatric patients at Mount Sinai´s KidZone as part of Project Sunshine´s Book Club