Project Sunshine, a nonprofit working with more than 15,000 volunteers throughout the city, is honoring the men and women who have poured their efforts into brightening the lives of children at hospitals in Queens.
The group celebrates “Project Sunshine Month” in April, during which it raises awareness and support for the organization through a series of events and programs. It also recognizes its volunteers during “Project Sunshine Week,” which falls from April 22 through April 29 and culminates with the 11th annual benefit celebration at the Waldorf Astoria.
“Project Sunshine Month celebrates the thousands of trained volunteers, sponsors and community members who dedicate their time and talent to children facing medical challenges,” said Beatrice Kernan, Project Sunshine’s executive director. “Throughout the month of April, we recognize and honor the tireless efforts of these compassionate individuals who strive to bring sunshine into the lives of these children and their families.”
Project Sunshine volunteers serve children at the AIDS Center of Queens County in Jamaica, The Floating Hospital in Long Island City, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, and St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, as well as other sites.
Born out of the vision of one college student, Project Sunshine has grown into a global network of volunteers who bring free educational, recreational and social programs to children and families in hospitals.