CROWDRISE : Aug 12, 2014
Tax ID: 46-3644602
BASED: Miami, FL, United States


Our Mission

StudentsCare matches college students to hospitalized children to address the emotional effects of long-term illness and create more empathetic future healthcare professionals.

StudentsCare's Hospital Buddy program addresses a dual issue of long-term hospitalization. It provides direct support to children and families battling long-term illness and increases empathy among aspiring medical professionals.

Buddies assemble care kits with items that bring children comfort; create personalized photo books so families can commemorate special events; create decorative door signs to help normalize the hospital environment for children; and celebrate birthdays, end-of-chemo, and holidays. They also engage children in hospital playrooms in activities like arts and crafts, movies, and reading. In post-program responses, 76% of StudentsCare volunteers reported that they comforted a parent or guardian, and 85% of volunteers have stayed with a patient so parents could take a break. Overall, Hospital Buddies help offer seriously ill children and families a temporary reprieve from the physical and emotional demands of hospitalization.

StudentsCare volunteers provide critical direct support that can result in improved healthcare outcomes for patients and increase patient and family satisfaction. To date, 75 StudentsCare volunteers have provided support to over 800 patients and families, totaling over 20,000 volunteer hours. Additionally, 530 students are currently on the waiting list to become volunteers. Students seeking meaningful volunteer experiences become part of the precious lives of seriously ill children, sometimes as those lives are ending, and this direct experience connects both patient and volunteer. Over time, these transformative experiences will help create a national network of empathetic, well-rounded healthcare professionals.

Tax ID: 46-3644602 •

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