Our Hospital Buddy Program provides critical direct support that can improve healthcare outcomes for pediatric patients. Partnering with hospital staff, we pair college students with young patients to help alleviate the emotional effects of long-term hospitalization.

Hospital Buddy Program

Through our Hospital Buddy Program, children battling long-term illnesses, such as cancer, are matched with college student “buddies.” Buddies visit on a weekly basis and engage children in hospital playrooms and at bedside in arts and crafts, reading, games and more!

NEW: Senior Support Program!

To respond to the needs of our communities, brought upon by COVID-19, we are expanding our visits (virtually) to include senior residents at nursing homes/assisted living facilities. Through regular phone/video check-ins with the residents, the students will be provide much needed companionship and support. The students will also help reinforce COVID precautions they should be taking and report any concerns about their well-being to facility staff.

Thanks to our partners!

Miami, FL

Miami, FL

Glendale, AZ

Media, PA

NEW: Virtual Volunteering

Our students have created videos reading stories, doing crafts, teaching cooking, and sharing music to keep young patients having fun, while they are unable to have visitors in the hospital due to COVID.

NEW: StudentsCare Activity Book

Our students have created activity sheets to help keep kids that are on isolation entertained. Activities are developmentally appropriate and curated for all age groups!

Comfort Kits

Once paired with a student, long-term patients and families will receive a StudentsCare Comfort Kit. We aim to provide high quality items that will provide comfort to children and their parents/caregivers during long hospital stays. Kits are assembled with love and care and filled with age appropriate toys/activities, toiletry items, cozy socks and hats, and various specialty gift cards, like Build-A-Bear, Amazon, iTunes, and Starbucks for an extra little treat for both parents and kids. All kits are hand delivered by our caring student volunteers.

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Here’s a live look at the total number of hours our active Buddies have spent with patients

Program Sites

Miami, FL

Philadephia, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Lansing, MI

Phoenix, AZ

Miami, FL

Miami, FL

St. Louis, MO

Boston, MA

Austin, TX

Orlando, FL

St. Louis, MO

More locations coming soon!

Our Chapter Model

We create and sustain student chapters on college campuses to implement our Hospital Buddy Program. Each chapter elects student leaders to help coordinate volunteers, organize events, and manage chapter operations. Each chapter is supported by StudentsCare staff and all students are trained to understand the unique needs of hospitalized children.

StudentsCare at University of Miami

StudentsCare at Michigan State University

StudentsCare at University of Pennsylvania

StudentsCare at Florida International University

StudentsCare at Arizona State University

StudentsCare at University of Central Florida

StudentsCare at St. Louis University

StudentsCare at The University of Texas at Austin

StudentsCare at Boston University