Project Sunshine has active college chapters on over 60 campuses nationwide. College volunteers deliver two types of programs. The first program called TelePlay, is when small groups of patients and trained volunteers meet by video conference to engage in play and activities. The second program occurs in the medical facilities where volunteers facilitate creative arts and crafts with patients and their families.
Given their close proximity in age and approachability, college volunteers are uniquely positioned to serve as role models to children facing medical challenges.
Through volunteering, college students develop leadership skills, engage in service opportunities, and raise awareness about Project Sunshine across the country. Chapters participate in both types of volunteer program activities, organize Sending Sunshine events, and fundraise on campus to support Project Sunshine’s mission.
The enthusiasm of our college volunteers carries out the legacy of Project Sunshine’s then-college student founder.
Interested in starting a new chapter? E-mail us.
Our team has currently paused accepting new college applications until the new year. We will resume with new college chapter applications in February 2021. Thank you for your interest.
Is there already a chapter at my school?
What if there isn't a chapter at my school? How do I start one?
A Founding Chapter Leader packet can be requested here. Sometimes there is a waitlist. We appreciate your interest and patience! Submit by June 1st to be considered for the September to December academic session and October 1st to be considered for the January to May academic session.
Is there a minimum time commitment?
We ask all college volunteers to commit to at least one academic year – many volunteer their entire college career and become community volunteers after graduation.
Will you train me?
You got it! All of Project Sunshine’s Chapter Leaders are trained by staff, either in our office or virtually. Chapter Leaders train volunteers at their school.
How do we pay for things?
Each chapter is able to request funds from Project Sunshine headquarters. Often college chapters fundraise and have access to funds on campus as well.
Can medical students volunteer with Project Sunshine?
Yes! Project Sunshine has a number of medical school chapters across the country. It is a great opportunity to get to know pediatric patients outside of clinical rotations.
Do I have to reach out to a hospital to start a partnership?
Nope. All hospital partnerships begin with Project Sunshine staff.
How do I learn more?