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Volunteer Spotlight: UnitedHealth Group, Cleveland

October 16, 2016

In early 2015, Karrie Gallagher started a Project Sunshine – UnitedHealth Group Volunteer chapter in Cleveland, OH. Karrie had previously coordinated Sending Sunshine events for an annual company outing and wanted to continue to spread sunshine by serving directly in a medical facility. For almost two years now, this chapter has volunteered at Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland, which provides a temporary "home away from home" for pediatric patients and their families. The chapter brings in creative arts and crafts activities for the young patients as well as relaxation and wellness activities for the caregivers every month.

"The Project Sunshine volunteers always put on a really fun night for our families! After a long day at the hospital, it's so nice for the parents to sit back and relax while Project Sunshine provides some extra fun and attention to their children – both patients and siblings. Families who are with us for extended stays always look forward to these visits and our older teens and adults love that there's always something special for them to do too," shares Kristen Swinton, Group Activities Coordinator. Project Sunshine applauds the great work of the Cleveland chapter, particularly because they are able to provide an opportunity for families and children to bond and have fun together during a challenging time in their lives.

The volunteers also love their time at the Ronald McDonald House. Chapter Leader Karrie noted that "Volunteering through Project Sunshine at the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland is the most rewarding experience for our group of volunteers. We cannot wait to spend time with these families each month and be a part of putting smiles on their faces every time we visit. I feel as though they give so much more to us than we are even giving to them. And the hugs they give us are a bonus!"

Project Sunshine thanks UnitedHealth Group – Cleveland volunteers for their dedication to Project Sunshine and passion for brightening the hospital environment for the children and families at the Ronald McDonald house in Cleveland, OH. We look forward to all the amazing 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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