College Volunteers

Make a Difference on Campus

Bring smiles to children with medical needs

Project Sunshine college volunteers deliver play and activities to children in need of socialization and human connection to help them cope while they are dealing with medical challenges. Play allows children to learn, explore, and it enables them to heal.

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Why volunteer?

As a college volunteer, you will be able to:


Gain experience in a hospital setting


Engage in service opportunities


Develop leadership experience


Utilize our stream-lined volunteer application process


Gain access to our network of medical partners

College chapter locations

Project Sunshine has active college chapters on over 75 campuses across 25 states nationwide. Chapters participate in volunteer program activities, organize events, and fundraise on campus to support Project Sunshine’s mission.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham


Arizona State University        

University of Arizona


California Polytechnic State University          

Pomona College

San Diego State University

University of California Berkeley

University of California Los Angeles

University of California Riverside-School of Medicine

University of Southern California


University of Connecticut

District of Columbia

Georgetown University         


University of Delaware


Florida International University         

Nova Southeastern University

University of Florida

University of Miami


University of Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology


Illinois Institute of Technology

Northwestern University

University of Illinois at Chicago


University of Louisville


Bowdoin College


Boston College           

Boston University

Harvard University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology         

Northeastern University         

Tufts University


Johns Hopkins University

University of Maryland College Park


Michigan State University

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Campus


St. Louis University

North Carolina

Duke University     


Creighton University

New Jersey

Rutgers University

Seton Hall University

New York

Barnard College         

CUNY Brooklyn College

CUNY Hunter College

CUNY Lehman College

Fordham University

Hofstra University

New York University-New York Campus     

St. John's University

St. Joseph's College New York

SUNY Stony Brook University

SUNY University at Albany

SUNY University at Buffalo-Jacob School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Vassar College

Wagner College

Yeshiva University


Case Western Reserve University

Ohio State University


Immaculata University

Penn State University

Saint Joseph's University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh        


East Tennessee State University

Vanderbilt University


University of Texas at San Antonio

Baylor University

Rice University

Southern Methodist University          

Texas State University

University of Texas at Austin


Brigham Young University


University of Washington-Seattle Campus


Edgewood College

University of Wisconsin-Madison


If you don't see your college above, contact us at about establishing a Project Sunshine Chapter at your college. 

Volunteer opportunities


Here To Play

Equipped with arts and crafts activities, volunteers facilitate play sessions with pediatric patients in medical facilities.These activities contain developmentally appropriate materials and instructions, while encouraging self-expression and imagination for the children. In addition to our comprehensive training, volunteers complete hospital-specific clearance processes.

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Volunteers deliver a live, interactive play experience over video conference using HIPAA-compliant technology. Teleplay connects isolated children to one another, and is available to any child facing medical challenges, whether at home or at the hospital. Volunteer play developmentally appropriate games and activities, increasing joy and emotional relief.


Sending Sunshine

Volunteers assemble our activity kits to be sent directly to pediatric patients. Project Sunshine activity kits are designed by child life specialists, and developed in partnership with pediatric healthcare experts. These kits contain materials that provide therapeutic value to the emotional and physical healing process.



Fundraising for Project Sunshine is a great way to support our causes and initiatives domestically and internationally. Contact us  for further details.


Here To Play

  • Volunteers play and interact with children, families, and medical facility staff at a local hospital.
  • Project Sunshine provides volunteers and medical staff with themed arts and crafts materials that are shipped directly to the medical facility.
  • Here To Play sessions can be held in a hospital play room for larger group activities or at bedside for one-to-one patient-volunteer interaction.
  • Each session lasts about 2 hours.

Kits for Play

  • Volunteers gather as a group to assemble our activity kits that will be sent directly to pediatric patients.
  • Project Sunshine activity kits contain arts and crafts materials for children to use and play with during their hospital stay.
  • Project Sunshine sends all the materials you need to pack activity kits to your chapter.
  • In one hour, you can pack 100 kits for 100 children!

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  • Volunteers facilitate a 1-2 hour virtual play session on a secure and HIPPAA-compliant Zoom call with a small group of children.
  • Project Sunshine provides a Game Library for you to pick activities from, a PowerPoint template, and script to help facilitate the session.

Here To Play

Here to Play brings a group of local volunteers to your facility dressed in yellow Project Sunshine t-shirts, equipped with creative arts and crafts materials to the unit of your choice. In addition to our comprehensive training, our volunteers will go through any additional hospital required clearance process and can provide proof of COVID and Flu vaccinations. You select the frequency, date/time, and our volunteers will handle the rest!  


Project Sunshine’s TelePlay program is a live play experience, using a HIPAA compliant technology platform. TelePlay provides developmentally appropriate, engaging activities and games led by volunteers, including skilled volunteers like artists and musicians, and is open to any child facing medical challenges in or out of the hospital.

Sending Sunshine

Project Sunshine activity kits deliver safe, creative play directly to children. The materials spark joy and provide therapeutic value to the physical and emotional healing process. Each year, we send out close to 100,000 activity kits to medical facilities all around the US and Canada. Our partners distribute the activity kits to patients in areas like pediatric wards, emergency rooms, clinic waiting rooms. Activity kits are assembled by tens of thousands of volunteers who understand the importance of play for pediatric patients.

Fundraising for Project Sunshine is a great way to support our causes and initiatives domestically and internationally. In addition, to assembling sending sunshine activity kits for our hospital partners. contact us  for further details.


The most rewarding part is seeing a child smile."

Hear from Dan, a college volunteer, about why he volunteers with Project Sunshine.

How to become a volunteer

We are committed to making the training accessible and time manageable to you, our volunteers, while also ensuring that you are well-prepared to engage with an important and vulnerable population. Here is what to expect from the college volunteer application process:


College Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Project Sunshine college volunteer!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Project Sunshine college volunteer! After you have completed the application below, you will receive an email with a link to register for an upcoming volunteer training. If you do not receive that email or have any questions, please email

Open Opportunities


Here To Play opportunities

Don't see something for you? If there are no opportunities in your area or that fit your schedule, check back soon or email us at about being put on the waitlist.


Teleplay and Kits for Play opportunities

Please reach out to your chapter leader for available opportunities near you.

Ready to Volunteer?


College Chapter volunteers have several opportunities to support Project Sunshine’s mission. They facilitate play sessions in hospitals and virtually, pack activity kits on campus, and organize fundraising events.

College chapters are required to meet a $500 fundraising goal each year.

College Chapters are required to host two kit packing events per year, one per semester, though many chapters host more. Chapter Leaders can access an order form through a unique URL found in their Salesforce account details tab.

No, Project Sunshine will conduct outreach and develop partnerships with medical facilities to ensure consistency and accountabilityIf you have a contact at a medical facility you want to partner with, please fill out this form. 

Chapter Leaders are required to serve one academic year at a minimum and encouraged to serve longer.
  • Support from headquarters and trainings 
  • Technology Applications: Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, Zoom 
  • Program and marketing materials
  • Professional development opportunities 
  • Access to a network of over 75+ college chapters across the country 

Don’t hesitate to contact us at with any other questions. In your email, please be sure to provide your name, school, and location.

You got it! All of Project Sunshine’s volunteers are trained by staff or trained Chapter Leaders. Following the submission of your application you will be prompted to sign up for a New Volunteer Training which can last 45-60 minutes. Following the training, you will watch a 30-minute Engagement Video and complete 12-question quiz. After you’ve passed the quiz, your Chapter Leader will reach out within two weeks. If you have not received communication from them, please reach out to us at 

Fundraising for Project Sunshine is a great way to support our causes and initiatives domestically and internationally. If you would like to fundraise for us, please contact us at

You can also volunteer through our Here To Play, Teleplay, and Kits for Play programs by collaborating with a college or community chapter. Please contact us at for more information.