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Volunteer Spotlight: Wagner College

November 16, 2016

In a month celebrated for giving thanks, Project Sunshine is thankful for the volunteers at Wagner College! Founded in 2011, the Wagner College Chapter is made up primarily of students studying to be Physician Assistants, and Project Sunshine gives them a unique opportunity to work closely with hospital staff and pediatric patients as they begin their careers. These volunteers' unwavering support of Project Sunshine's mission has consistently exceeded expectations, and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and families they serve is clear.

Under the leadership of Chapter Leaders Danielle Crespo and Mary Walsh, Project Sunshine's Wagner College Chapter has continued to reach new heights. The chapter volunteers regularly at Rusk Rehab at NYU Langone Medical Center and at special one–time events at hospitals throughout New York City, transforming the hospital experience for so many. They also raise awareness about Project Sunshine on campus, host fundraisers, and are currently looking to expand to more hospitals in order to have an even greater impact.

When asked what motivates the chapter, Chapter Leader Danielle Crespo says, "There is no organization quite like Project Sunshine. Project Sunshine is an amazing example and demonstration of humanity. The positive energy that radiates from our chapter is what makes all the hard work that we do and the happiness we bring to families during difficult times in their lives all worthwhile."

Dedication is the best word to describe this chapter. Traveling from Staten Island to their many volunteer programs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, they welcome these opportunities and never complain about the two–hour commute. Rain or shine, the volunteers climb aboard the Staten Island Ferry after classes, carrying bags full of arts and crafts supplies to make a patient's day a little bit brighter!

Danielle shared that her role as Chapter Leader has shaped her into a stronger leader and has shown her that she is capable of achieving anything she is passionate about. She says that Project Sunshine has shown her that strength can be demonstrated by supporting others. Danielle has witnessed this strength in the way families and volunteers regard one another and, as a result, she calls Project Sunshine her second home.

Thank you for all that you do Wagner College!

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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