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Volunteer Spotlight: Nabanita Hossain

April 1, 2017

For a long time, Nabanita Hossain has loved working with children, from babysitting her neighbors and cousins to volunteering for her high school tutoring program. Her freshman year at Hunter College, Nabanita discovered Project Sunshine. It was hard to miss the Project Sunshine Chapter Leader wearing a bright yellow shirt at the campus club fair.

"Once I learned about Project Sunshine's mission and the types of activities volunteers participate in, I knew I had to join," Nabanita says. From that day forward Nabanita has shared countless meaningful experiences with pediatric patients and their families, as well as with the volunteer chapter she now manages.

After volunteering for four years, including a year as Chapter Leader, Nabanita is now preparing to graduate and has been reflecting on her time with Project Sunshine. "I love Project Sunshine because of the valuable experiences it has given me. I have been able to volunteer at hospitals all over New York City and work with children of different ages, all of which were novel and interesting learning experiences. Seeing the smile on a child's face when we finish doing a craft kept me coming back to Project Sunshine events for the past four years, and is still a reason I attend now!"

During the past four years, Project Sunshine showed Nabanita the fundamental role of compassion in the healing process for patients and families. These experiences have influenced her pre–medical studies. As she prepares to attend medical school in the fall, she looks back at her legacy with Hunter's Project Sunshine chapter with pride. As leader of a dynamic and strong group of volunteers that have worked with so many young patients, she knows her Project Sunshine experiences and knowledge will carry into her medical studies and career.

More Volunteer Stories of Interest

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