DREAM TEAM

VOLUNTEERING

ABOUT US

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.

 

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

WEEKLY VOLUNTEERS

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.

SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS

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.

 

SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS

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.

OTHER PROGRAMS

 

SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS

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.

CHILD LIFE TV

The Child Life TV Channel on YouTube is a Child Life and UF Health Volunteer Services project led by student organizations, including the leadership and membership of the Footprints: Buddy & Support Program.​ Our members, during virtual volunteering, have thought up, created, produced, and edited videos for publishing on this channel. Videos are range from arts & crafts, diversity & inclusion, and games to music sing-a-longs and storybook readings. All of our craft videos come with a craft kit to accompany the video; this way, patients can craft alongside volunteers, virtually. With videos accessible to all pediatric patients at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, we hope that this channel can bring a sense of fun and childhood back into the hospital, even when volunteers are not around

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