Volunteer Spotlight: Garrett McGovern
Garrett McGovern has been a dedicated volunteer and leader with Project Sunshine for three years. A senior at Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business, Garrett is currently serving his second year as a Project Sunshine College Chapter Leader. In addition to his leadership role with Project Sunshine at Fordham University, he is also supporting his fellow Project Sunshine Chapter Leaders across the country is his position on the College Leadership Advisory Board.
When Garrett transferred from Fairfield University, he was searching for his place on campus. Looking for a chance to get involved in his community, Garrett decided to attend Fordham University's club fair. He stumbled upon a "big yellow table" and was immediately curious about the Project Sunshine chapter on campus.
After Garrett's first program at a local hospital, bringing Creative Arts & Crafts to pediatric patients and their families, he knew that Project Sunshine was the home away from home he had been looking for. Now three busy years later, he is wondering where all the time went! As Chapter Leader, Garrett has continued to fulfill Project Sunshine's mission. He has expanded the chapter's volunteer work to a second hospital, allowing Fordham volunteers to serve more vulnerable children. He has also added Caregiver Wellness and Sunshine Chefs to their programming, and supported a national community of university volunteers as a College Leadership Advisor.
It is clear that Garrett's passion for service translates to the larger community. Speaking of his motivation to improve the lives of the children that Project Sunshine serves, he says, "all they needed was a little joy and a little laughter. This position I am in is nothing more than a position of service and I hope I have instilled this mindset in all of my fellow volunteers.'
Garrett credits his drive for the organization to the meaningful interactions he has with the patients and families he meets in the hospital. "Because of the opportunity we have been blessed with through Project Sunshine, we will always remember how big and how bright the children's smiles were on that day."
Project Sunshine is lucky to have such a strong leader spreading the word about the organization and making a positive impact on his community on a regular basis. We can't wait to continue to watch you shine Garrett, thanks for all that you do!
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