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Project Sunshine - October 6, 2013 By: Kwegyirba Croffie
Greenwich, CT | October 06, 2013 At 02:22 PM

"It's only 30 minutes. There is no one on the planet, the President of the United States included, that doesn't have 30 minutes of time that they can donate every 30 days." said Michelle "Mick" Lee, Founder of 30Every30.

It was that spirit that launched Michelle Lee to create 30Every30 as a way to give Greenwich's youth access to local volunteer opportunities. Lee said "I spent years looking for opportunities for my son, whose now 10, to donate his time. And while there are opportunites for him to donate money or part of his allowance, there wasn't the opportunity to donate his time. I want to raise him with the spirit of giving back to his community." "30Every30 is about volunteering to help others." said Jack, Mick's 10 year old son.

The organization hosted their launch event Sunday afternoon by making sunny-grams for Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges.

Mariko Sugimori, Senior Program Coordinator for Project Sunshine said "Project Sunshine has a program that's called "Kids for Kids" where we have children who are volunteering to provide materials to children in hospitals. We get to motivate and get a group of children around to decorate things like"sunny-gram" cards that we then send on to children in hospitals.

First Selectmen Peter Tesei said that a volunteerism is an important part of the Greenwich community, especially with the Town's youth. Tesei said "Behind the spirit of Greenwich is a community of giving and I think Mick has captivated that and realized that there is a need for young people to be engaged and involved and have purpose and this organization is going to allow them to do that."