Volunteer Spotlight: Community Volunteer starts Kids for Kids Chapter
There are many different ways for volunteers to get involved and give back with Project Sunshine.
Shaylynn Botta started volunteering with Project Sunshine as a community volunteer in December 2013.
As Shaylynn recalls, "As a member of Project Sunshine I had the privilege of visiting with children in
hospitals throughout New York to help spread sunshine in their days. Seeing kids fight for their lives
made me realize not only how blessed I am with health but also how much our community, specifically
the kids in our community, could do to make a difference in the lives of others, who although are
struggling are still just like them."
After volunteering directly in the hospital for several months Shaylynn decided she wanted to make an
even larger impact by helping her younger sister and her sister´s friends start a Kids for Kids chapter.
Kids for Kids is
Project Sunshine´s youth service program for volunteers under the age of 18. Shaylynn established the
Project Sunshine Orange County Kids for Kids Chapter in February 2014. Her enthusiasm for Project
Sunshine helped her rally together middle school and high school volunteers to become part of the
movement. Since its inception, the chapter has assembled Creative Arts & Craft Kits and decorated
Sunny Gram cards, which are sent to hospitals for children to enjoy. The chapter has also hosted
fundraisers to benefit Project Sunshine�s mission.
To date the chapter has raised over $1,700, and has created hundreds of Sending Sunshine items to
distribute to Project Sunshine partner medical facilities. Currently they are gearing up for Faces of
Sunshine Family Skate Night, their largest fundraiser yet at a local rink. As Shaylynn explains, �This
November, we will all come together to skate for the children we serve throughout the nation. So far we
have raised $1,500 dollars for this event. This money will ensure that Project Sunshine can provide
children�with the materials and activities they need to keep their days in medical facilities bright! I am so
proud of all my volunteers´ hard work in making this event possible!�
Shaylynn and each of her volunteers are inspired to give back. Rebecca, a 9th grader and member of the
chapter, explains how her inspiration comes through her past experiences. "Last year�I was stuck in the
hospital for�three months. Days were long, hard, and painful but days when Project Sunshine came
were�different. There was more hope and happiness those days, and since they helped me I decided to
help them. By helping Project Sunshine I get a chance to help kids like me and that�s something to smile