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Player 2: Volunteer with Gamers Outreach at Golisano Children's Hospital

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GAMERS OUTREACH FOUNDATION

If you’re near Syracuse, New York and have been looking for an opportunity to get involved with our efforts, Player 2 is a great way to get started! Please fill out a volunteer app with the link from STEP 1 below.

As a volunteer, you’ll be required to commit a set number of hours at least once a week to visiting with patients.

All volunteers will ultimately need to pass the hospital’s qualification process, which requires an in-person interview, background check, immunization shots, and general training to interact with patients. Once through, your role will largely revolve around three primary responsibilities:

  • Distributing games to patients throughout the hospital.
  • Providing minor tech support for issues that may arise with equipment.
  • Playing games with the kids!

Still with us? Great! Here’s what you need to do to get involved:

  • Step 1: fill out our volunteer application: https://goo.gl/R6itPi
  • Step 2: if you meet our criteria for the program, a representative from Gamers Outreach will get in touch within 1 to 3 business days to let you know you’re eligible for participation! In the event we receive too many applications, or your application doesn’t meet our current expectations, we’ll invite you to apply again at a future time.
  • Step 3: if you’re interested in making the commitment, a representative from Gamers Outreach / Golisano Children's Hospital will be in touch to get you started!

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About GAMERS OUTREACH FOUNDATION

Location:

P.O. Box 694
, Saline, MI 48176, US

Mission Statement

Gamers Outreach is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience for young people. We ease those burdens by providing equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment.

Description

We began as a group of high school students who enjoyed hosting video game tournaments. As our tournaments grew, we began donating profits from our events to charity.

In 2009, we approached Mott Children’s Hospital in our hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan with the intention to deliver as many video games as possible to kids within their facility. After meeting with the hospital’s staff, we realized we could go a step further. We began working directly with the hospital’s nurses and child life specialists to provide something more specific: accessible activities for kids during long-term stays.

After spending six months volunteering at Mott, we built our first "GO Kart" (Gamers Outreach Kart) - a portable, medical-grade gaming kiosk nurses could use to transport video games and entertainment to children who were unable to leave their rooms within the hospital.

The first cart was frequently used by Mott’s staff, and we were able to witness firsthand the impact it made in the lives of the children it served. Kids who were unable to socialize or participate in therapy now had easy access to recreation. The carts made an incredible difference.

We also witnessed the wide variety of ways video games are used within hospitals as a means to provide relief. Whether it be for distraction, socialization, or even education, there are a range of purposes games can serve within medical environments.

Today, Project GO Kart serves thousands of children per year in hospitals around the country.

Children & Youth
Computers & Technology
Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1 Childrens CirSyracuse, NY 13210

(43.04202,-76.13815)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Family Therapy
  • Child Care
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Children Medical Services
  • Electronics

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least one shift a week. Number of hours varies based on hospitals needs. Weekday availability is preferred.
  • Health Screening

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