Dream Team at the University of Florida is a student run, 501(c)(3)

non-profit organization that is dedicated to brightening the lives of the children in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Dream Team Volunteering provides countless long-term pediatric patients with one-on-one volunteers that are committed to forming lasting bonds and positive memories through fun games, activities, and companionship.

Our patients often have complicated cardiovascular conditions, and many spend extended periods of time in the hospital. Dream Team Volunteering aims to dedicate time and service to these children and their families. With passion, enthusiasm, and a shared dedication for brightening the lives of these children in cardiac care, Dream Team provides a direct patient volunteer program at the hospital.




Most of our members serve in the weekly volunteer program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. These volunteers have the unique opportunity to form one-on-one relationships with the children in cardiac and intensive care by spending time with patients at their bedside or in the activity room and providing companionship and motivation during extended hospital stays.



Before transitioning to be a Weekly Volunteer, new members of Dream Team may begin as Special Event Volunteers. Special Event Volunteers have the unique opportunity to participate in several programming events throughout the month, which consist of fun and interactive activities for the kids. Whereas the weekly shifts involve one-on-one interactions with the patients at their bedsides, programming events offer the opportunity for the kids to interact not only with multiple volunteers at once but also with other patients in the unit.



Dream Team is hosting our 4th annual 5K fundraiser virtually to help raise money for special in-hospital events as well as engineering projects for the amazing children on the 10th floor of Shands Hospital. Get active with us for a good cause!