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Volunteer Spotlight: College Chapter Awards

Project Sunshine is thrilled to announce the winners of the first ever College Chapter Awards. With over 50 college chapters nationwide, volunteering almost daily in over 50 cities and 75 hospitals, there were many nominations from across the country. The awards include two Chapter awards, College Chapter of the Year and Best Fundraising Chapter, and two individual volunteer awards, Shining Leadership and College Volunteer of the Year. Project Sunshine is proud to honor our dedicated college volunteers and recognize their service with the 2015–2016 College Chapter Sunnie Awards.

College Chapter of the Year

The University of Louisville Chapter truly exemplifies Project Sunshine's three pillars of engagement: service, leadership and awareness. They generously devote their time to pediatric patients and their families, while simultaneously building a strong spirit of community among the volunteers and across their university campus. This year, the chapter grew their volunteer base and expanded their programming to an additional floor of the children's hospital, serving more children and families and providing greater volunteer engagement. We are proud to recognize this incredible group as our College Chapter of the Year!

Best Fundraising Chapter

Project Sunshine College Chapters hold modest fundraisers in order to provide the highest quality programming for children facing medical challenges. The University of Delaware has taken this call to action seriously! Throughout the year the members developed fun, creative ways to engage their fellow students on campus while also raising funds. From bake sales to hat sales to raffles for local restaurants, the chapter raised over $1,000 in one semester! Congratulations University of Delaware on receiving the award for Best Fundraising Chapter and helping Project Sunshine raise crucial funds for children and families.

Shining Leadership

Nitasha Sharma from Stony Book University is the recipient of Project Sunshine's Shining Leadership Award. Her fellow volunteers describe her as a strong leader who, "fulfilled her duties as President this past year above and beyond what was expected of her". She managed her university chapter's Executive Board, oversaw all volunteering, and spearheaded the planning of a huge annual fundraiser that engages the entire student body. Nitasha's enthusiasm for helping others and passion for bringing smiles to the faces of children is clear. She is truly a role model for her Board, and for the students that she leads on campus. Nitasha has done so much for Project Sunshine at Stony Brook University, and Project Sunshine is thrilled that she will be leading the club again next academic year.

Volunteer of the Year

Gina Ohms joined the Project Sunshine chapter at University of Washington – Seattle this academic year and immediately made an impact. Her positive attitude and desire to help others was quickly noticed. In fact, she has stepped up when other members have fallen sick at the last minute and were unable to make a hospital visit. Her Chapter Leader describes her as, "the type of volunteer that every Chapter Leader wants," which can be seen when she is bringing joy to the children she visits in the hospital and maintaining an incredible attitude outside of the hospital as well. Project Sunshine is excited to give the College Volunteer of the Year award to Gina.

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

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