Project Sunshine and UnitedHealth Group Team up to Bring a Day of Fun and Laughter to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
ATLANTA (Feb. 3, 2015) – In honor of Valentine’s Day, volunteers from UnitedHealth Group will bring a HeARTS-themed Project Sunshine party to the patients and families at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Project Sunshine provides programs that educate and entertain children facing medical challenges. Together, volunteers will offer creative craft activities, entertainment, face painting, prizes and games for children of all ages to provide relief from the stress and monotony of treatment.
TIME: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015; 10 a.m.-noon (media welcome, please RSVP)
WHERE: The Child Life Zone at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite; 1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE; Atlanta, Ga., 30342
Media parking is available in the parking deck off of Meridian Mark Road. Parking will be validated, so please bring your parking ticket inside.
“UnitedHealth Group is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Project Sunshine to bring a day of fun and laughter to children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Jocelyn Chisholm Carter of UnitedHealthcare. “We hope this Valentine’s Day party brightens everyone’s day, allowing patients to be kids again.”
Since beginning its relationship with Project Sunshine in early 2010, more than 13,200 UnitedHealth Group volunteers have created 63,000 Arts and Crafts Kits and 18,300 Sunny Grams for pediatric patients across the country. These dynamic volunteers have supported more than 23,000 children and their families.
About Project Sunshine
Project Sunshine (www.projectsunshine.org) is a non-profit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families. Project Sunshine recruits, trains, and coordinates a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming - recreational (arts), educational(tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) - to 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel and Kenya. Volunteers selflessly donate their time to create program materials and deliver programs. Working onsite, volunteers relieve the anxiety of the young patients and in a context of fun and play, foster in them the courage and coping skills necessary to confront procedures that lie ahead. Project Sunshine volunteers spread sunshine, restoring a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric healthcare environment.
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 85 million people worldwide. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com or follow @UnitedHealthGrp on Twitter.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 850,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 24 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world.