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Volunteer Spotlight: UnitedHealth Group Phoenix

In early 2015, Project Sunshine´s UnitedHealth Group chapter in Phoenix, Arizona began to volunteer at Children´s Rehabilitative Services, a local medical facility where pediatric patients receive long–term rehabilitative care. Led by Sue Riordan, the volunteers brighten the facility´s waiting rooms with exciting arts and crafts activities for the children and families. Instead of waiting anxiously for their appointments, patients can now have fun with their new friends from Project Sunshine!

Suzanne, a Child Life Specialist at CRS notes that the UnitedHealth Group volunteers "are all so positive and energetic. The enthusiasm they exhibit while working with the participants just draws the children into the activities. It is often hard to pull the children away." Project Sunshine is proud that when it is ultimately time to leave, patients are able to walk away from the crafts taking a bit of the volunteers´ contagious positive energy with them into their doctor´s appointments and the rest of their days.

Meanwhile, working with the children also brings a sense of giving back and joy to the volunteers. The chapter loves having "the opportunity to interact with families in the community" and making "the children happy, and seeing their enthusiasm and joy. They focus on the fun, not their medical problem," share the volunteers.

Project Sunshine thanks the UnitedHealth Group – Phoenix volunteers for their amazing ability to brighten the hospital environment for the children and families at Children´s Rehabilitative Services in Phoenix, Arizona, and looks forward to all the programs to come!

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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