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Volunteer Spotlight: Bowdoin College

Mariely Garcia and Perla Rubi recently co-founded Project Sunshine´s first chapter in Maine at Bowdoin College! One childhood memory in particular encouraged Mariely to reach out to the Project Sunshine National Office to start the process of founding a chapter. She remembered going to the hospital with her mother as a child�feeling especially anxious and really dreading her appointment she nervously entered the waiting room. It just so happens that that day there were two volunteers there doing crafts and they encouraged Mariely to join them. She was hesitant at first, but joined them in the activities and soon felt at ease. Mariely remembers leaving the waiting room with a wonderful keepsake that changed her perception of being in the hospital.

Despite just starting this fall, the Bowdoin Chapter has already had three successful programs at its partner medical facility in Maine. Their first program was a musical themed Creative Arts and Crafts event where children could decorate various musical instruments and then take them with them to perform for family, friends and hospital staff. The volunteers left knowing that they brightened the day of several children, especially one special girl:

"There was one little girl left at the table. She had several instruments, which she had made laid out in front of her. She was coloring in a new tambourine, tapping her feet, and rocking out to ´Life is a Highway´ by Rascal Flatts. In that moment, she looked like she was having the time of her life. It made me feel so happy to know that we were part of that. I don�t think I will ever forget the wonderfully big smile she had as we said our goodbyes."

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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