Hospitals can be a lonely place for children, especially as boredom sets in from days spent staring at the same four walls. Project TEACH (Together Educating All Children in Hospitals) aims to make the hospital experience more enjoyable for pediatric patients. Started by two university students who wanted to make a difference, the organization brings volunteers together by using SignUpGenius to organize people and events.
Student volunteers at Project TEACH provide hands-on science lessons, with a healthy dose of fun. For instance, one teaching module helps children learn about the biology of respiration as they build a model of the lung and diaphragm using balloons and plastic bottles. “The patients, their grateful families and the appreciative hospital staff are continually astounded with the energy and excitement the volunteers bring,” says Development Director Michael Shavolian.
Since its establishment in 2013, Project TEACH’s programs have spread to 12 medical centers along the East Coast. Shavolian and his team turned to SignUpGenius to help make the process simple and effective. E-mail reminders help volunteers keep their commitments, and custom questions allow event coordinators to keep track of details such as volunteer T-shirt sizes. “Using SignUpGenius we can also keep a tab of how many volunteers we had participate in TEACH modules every year, and we can even organize the data by medical center (location) or date,” Shavolian says. “Also, since we have many events at each location every year we can duplicate an old sign up and simply adjust the date instead of creating another sign up from scratch!”
In just two years, the group helped more than 500 children. SignUpGenius thanks Project TEACH for its commitment to helping young patients. That’s genius!
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