Volunteer Spotlight: Emory University
In celebration of National Volunteer Month, Project Sunshine would like share a spotlight featuring a dynamic and vibrant college chapter, Project Sunshine at Emory University!
The Project Sunshine Chapter at Emory University has grown substantially since it was founded in 2012. The chapter has expanded its programming to three medical centers, Children´s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Marcus Autism Center, and the Ronald McDonald House of Atlanta, and it has increased the types of programs that it offers to these partners.
In addition to continuing to provide Creative Arts & Crafts programming for pediatric patients over the past four years, the volunteers have incorporated Caregiver Wellness programming into their roster of activities offered. Caregiver Wellness provides relaxation and rejuvenation for the parents and caregivers of the pediatric patients. Caregivers often do not take the time to focus on their needs when their child is sick, so this is an opportunity for Project Sunshine to help provide comfort and support to this underserved population.
The Chapter Leader of Project Sunshine Emory, Celia Greenlaw, shares why they decided to expand their programming to serve caregivers: "We believe that caregivers deserve support and recognition for the challenging work they put into caring for children. It is remarkable how much of a difference it makes to say ´Good Morning´ and offer them breakfast. It is so easy to forget about yourself when you spend your days taking care of others, and we hope our events help give caregivers a moment to think of themselves again."
The volunteers at the Emory Chapter have been doing some great work reaching more children and families each year. Celia shares this about the members, "The volunteers in our chapter are committed and passionate about the mission of Project Sunshine, making our events fun and meaningful." Thank you to Emory University for your great work! Project Sunshine looks forward to seeing this chapter continue to grow and develop in the years to come!