Volunteer Spotlight: Nitasha Sharma
September 16, 2017
Nitasha Sharma is a former Project Sunshine College Chapter Leader from Stony Brook University. As a freshman, she heard about the organization at an information fair on campus. She submitted an application and joined a month later. The positive energy, family atmosphere, and far reaching opportunities led her to fall in love with Project Sunshine and she became the Chapter Leader at the end of her Sophomore year.
As a Chapter Leader, she learned skills such as effective communication, organization, and managing different personalities. The Chapter was successful under her leadership because she could motivate her members while staying focused on the mission of bringing sunshine to as many children and families as possible.
In the hospital, she brought joy and inspiration to many children. In one particular example, she said, "I went into Stony Brook Children's Hospital thinking that it would be an ordinary volunteer day, but what I didn't expect was to meet the most enthusiastic little girl in the playroom. We bonded over our mutual love of music and had the most epic dance party. When it was time for me to leave, she handed me a drawing of us that said, 'Project Sunshine is the best people I know' and told me she wanted to grow up to be a chapter leader one day." Nitasha still has the drawing and it reminds her of the impact she had on the children she met in the hospital.
Making an impact on people's lives motivates her. So much so, that she now continues to make an impact as a Senior Intern at Project Sunshine.
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