16 Feb StudentsCare’s New Virtual Hospital Buddy Program Gains Three New Hospital Partners
It has been one year since StudentsCare volunteers have visited their local hospital buddies in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since last March, StudentsCare’s program staff has discovered new and creative ways to engage volunteers virtually and still make an impact!
Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL was the first partner to work with StudentsCare to establish a virtual volunteering program. StudentsCare volunteers are paired with patients and video chat weekly. After six successful months at Holtz, StudentsCare has expanded the program to two other partnering hospitals– Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL and Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan.
StudentsCare is adapting the program to each hospital’s individual needs. For instance, at Sparrow Children’s, StudentsCare’s Michigan State University Chapter will host weekly group virtual activity sessions to reach more patients at a time. At Nicklaus Children’s, the Florida International University Chapter will create and share arts & crafts videos that the hospital will stream on their hospital’s CCTV system. StudentsCare has also been working with Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas as well as Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona to establish virtual buddy programs and plan to expand to even more of their partner hospitals in the coming months!