Volunteer Spotlight: Los Angeles
Project Sunshine LA volunteers spread sunshine at Children�s Hospital Los Angeles. From L to R: Joe Saladino, Naira Goukasian, Sinorice Moss, Stella Shin, Shirley Weiss, Betsy Simon, John Ridley.
Project Sunshine has volunteer chapters nationwide, from New York to Texas to California. One of the
fastest growing and most vibrant of these is Project Sunshine Los Angeles, which is led by founding
Chapter Leaders Joe Saladino and Stella Shin. Under Joe and Stella�s leadership, Project Sunshine
LA provides Creative Arts & Crafts programming to children and families at Children�s Hospital Los
Angeles. Since they started with monthly programs and a small group of volunteers in 2013, the chapter
has quickly grown to double its reach by increasing its programs to twice a month, and growing its
membership to 100 volunteers.
Part of what makes the programs so special is the wonderful relationship with Children�s Hospital Los
Angeles. �Working with Project Sunshine has been such a delight and our patients absolutely love the
activities they provide. We look forward to many years of partnering with them to bring smiles to our
patients� faces,� says Samantha Lamb, Artists Program Coordinator at Children�s Hospital Los Angeles,
who works closely with Joe and Stella to coordinate each program.
In addition to the great support from the hospital, and the dedication of Joe, Stella and the other
volunteers, what truly make the programs special are the children. "It´s great to see kids use their
creativity and imagination to take the craft to a whole other level," Joe says. And Stella adds, "I love the
kids. I love their smiles, laughter, innocence. Just spending time with them makes me happy. I wanted to
help out and give love, but I actually feel like I am getting a lot more in return."
Project Sunshine LA provides Creative Arts and Crafts for these children and families, but they also do
so much more. Joe says it best when describing what Project Sunshine means to him. "I love Project
Sunshine because of the direct impact I�m able to make with each visit. Providing a sense of normalcy is
so key for patients and their families, and nothing is more rewarding than leaving a visit knowing you´ve
done that while making a connection with families, patients, hospital staff and volunteers alike."