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Volunteer Spotlight: College Chapters

As the summer season winds down, ushering in the crisp, cool air of fall, Project Sunshine College Chapters have returned to campus�excited to volunteer with Project Sunshine! At the close of the 2013-14 academic year, there were over 50 active Project Sunshine College Chapters at universities and medical schools across the United States. These chapters are recognized student organizations on campus that follow three principles of engagement: develop leadership, provide service opportunities, and raise awareness about Project Sunshine. For many college students Project Sunshine isn�t just a club�it´s their college experience.

As thousands of college volunteers nationwide are back on campus, they are filled with enthusiasm for the year. The Project Sunshine at Stony Brook University Chapter Leader Joel Thomas says, "I am confident that our chapter's growth will reach new heights because our Sunshine Family - including our new members! - are all eager to meet the challenge! I look forward to helping our chapter play a positive force in these children's lives."

The college volunteers participate in on-campus events, including fundraisers and Sending Sunshine programs. Fundraising events range from bake sales to talent competitions. The University of Washington-Seattle Chapter has an annual fundraising event where members scoop ice cream at their university�s ice cream parlor and the tips from the evening benefit Project Sunshine! In addition to on-campus programming, volunteers travel to local medical facilities to spread sunshine and bring joy to children facing medical challenges and their family members, leading Creative Arts & Crafts, Sunshine Chefs and Caregiver Wellness programs. The University of Miami Chapter hosts monthly Party Time events at their local hospital�where they decorate the playroom and setup fun games and crafts for the children receiving treatment. Their theme for this past September�s Party Time was under the sea.

By becoming part of the Project Sunshine college family, chapters gain access to a network of like-minded student volunteers and leaders, as well as resources, support, and training from Project Sunshine. The students, in turn, are connected to other volunteers across the country through national campaigns and social media groups that encourage learning and sharing across campuses. If you�re interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities for college students, please visit our College Volunteering page for details.

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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