Welcome to Project Sunshine - St. John's University Chapter!
Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges. Project Sunshine empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming - recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) - to 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel and Kenya. Our mission is to restore a sense of normality to these pediatric patients we meet when we visit the hospital.
Childhood is a time for mental, physical, and social development. Children facing medical challenges in pediatric departments rarely see the outside of their hospital room. Our purpose as Project Sunshine is to organize and execute different educational, recreational, and social events for the children as well as their families. If a patient can forget for even a few hours while we interact with them about the needles, surgeries, and pain, then our mission as Project Sunshine has been fulfilled.
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Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges. Our mission is centralized around spreading sunshine and by doing so we are able to restore a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric healthcare environment.
Project Sunshine empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 10,000 volunteers to bring programming - recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) - to over 60,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 100 major cities across the United States and in five international satellite sites: Canada, China, Israel, Kenya and Puerto Rico.
Volunteers selflessly donate their time to create program materials and deliver programs. Working onsite, our volunteers relieve the anxiety of the young patients and in a context of fun and play, foster in them the courage and coping skills necessary to confront procedures that lie ahead.
If your organization has selective membership, please describe the selection process.
To become a hospital volunteer, there is an application and interview process. We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about our organization and embody the mission of Project Sunshine. We want to ensure the members of our organization are dedicated and committed to making Project Sunshine the best organization it possibly can.