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Local volunteer opportunities
By volunteering, you can make a crucial difference in the lives of children with medical needs and their families. Give back to your local community, expand your personal network, and connect with other kindhearted volunteers through remote and on-site volunteer opportunities.
As a community volunteer, you will be able to:
Project Sunshine has active community chapters in 26 cities nationwide. Chapters participate in volunteer program activities to support Project Sunshine's mission.
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.
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.
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!
- Volunteers facilitate a 1-2 hour virtual play session on a secure and HIPPAA-compliant Zoom call with a small group of children. Teleplay sessions are held remotely.
- 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 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.
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.
Find a Volunteer Opportunity
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Project Sunshine community volunteer! View our open opportunities to see availabilities for all of our programs.If there is an open opportunity in your city that fits your schedule, fill out the volunteer application to start volunteering! If there are no opportunities in your area or that fit your schedule, you can opt to be added to the waitlist. Due to medical facility need and resources used to onboard, we require volunteers to make a consistent one year commitment. 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 email@example.com.
Here To Play opportunities
Teleplay and Kits for Play opportunities
Please reach out to your chapter leader for available opportunities near you.
How do I sign up?
Check here to see if we have any open opportunities in your area and select the volunteer opportunity that works best for you. Once you sign up, you will receive an email to create a Sunshine Central account and complete the volunteer onboarding steps.
What if there isn't a chapter in my area?
Is there a minimum time commitment?
We ask all Chapter Leaders and volunteers for a one year commitment. Frequency of volunteering will vary per chapter and you can sign up for the sessions that fit your schedule.
I am a new volunteer. Will I receive training?
Is there an age requirement to volunteer with Project Sunshine?
For you to volunteer with us, you must be 18 years or older. If you are under the age of 18, please click here for more information on family volunteering.
Can you be affiliated with both a College and Community Chapter?
Yes, you can be affiliated with both your College Chapter and your local Community Chapter.
How do I become a Community Chapter Leader?
How long does the Chapter Leader process take?
Chapter Leaders serve a minimum of a one-year term. The training process can take up to a month to learn applications like Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, and more.
What if I haven’t heard from my Chapter Leader within two weeks of completing the volunteers trainings?
Can Project Sunshine verify volunteer hours?
All active Chapter Leaders volunteers will be able to view their total volunteer hours on their Sunshine Central account. For former volunteers and Chapter Leaders, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a volunteer hours verification.
I am a previous volunteer. Do I need to go through training again?
Please reach out to email@example.com to inquire about next steps if you volunteered with us prior to Fall 2022.