Connecting college students with hospitalized children and isolated seniors

Miami, FL   |
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EIN: 46-3644602


Connecting undergraduate healthcare students nationwide with hospitalized children, isolated seniors, and their families, to provide fun, friendship and support.

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Founder CEO

Erica Carroll

Main address

10840 SW 113th Place

Miami, FL 33176 USA

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Formerly known as

Footprints Buddy and Support Program, Inc.



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Health care quality



Senior assisted living

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Population served info

Children and youth



People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Hospital Buddy Program

StudentsCare’s signature program is the Hospital Buddy Program. This program (1) provides individualized support to long-term pediatric patients and their families, and (2) creates meaningful volunteer experiences to help aspiring healthcare professionals develop a strong sense of empathy.

The Hospital Buddy program involves aspiring healthcare professionals in directly caring for seriously ill young patients. Undergraduates spend a minimum of 3 hours per week with children in long-term hospital care. Buddies assemble Comfort Kits with items that bring children comfort and celebrate birthdays, end-of-chemo parties, and holidays. They also engage children in hospital playrooms in activities like arts and crafts, movies, and reading. Overall, Hospital Buddies help offer seriously ill children and families a temporary reprieve from the physical and emotional demands of hospitalization.

The Hospital Buddy program addresses a dual issue of long-term hospitalization. It provides direct support to children and families battling long-term illness and increases empathy among aspiring medical professionals. The program engages volunteers in a way that is truly impactful for children, families, and volunteers. Creating ways for pre-med college students to connect directly with patients during this defining time in their lives will help them prioritize strong patient relationships in their future healthcare careers.

StudentsCare volunteers provide critical direct support that can result in improved healthcare outcomes for patients and increase patient and family satisfaction.
Partnering with hospitals offers the advantage of integrating StudentsCare volunteers into overall patient care. StudentsCare's long-term goals include improving healthcare outcomes for long-term pediatric patients, decreasing levels of stress in parents and guardians, increasing volunteerism on college campuses, and fostering more empathetic healthcare professionals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

To respond to the needs of our communities, brought upon by COVID-19, we launched our Senior Buddy Program! Through this program, we will partner with senior living facilities to connect residents with our trained and caring college student “Buddies.” We have also opened our program to homebound seniors or seniors at unaffiliated facilities (sign up below!). Due to COVID, we will be offering virtual visits, in which students will connect with seniors through regular phone/video check-ins, providing companionship and support. The students will also help reinforce COVID precautions they should be taking and report any concerns about their well-being to facility staff/caregivers

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Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Founder CEO

Erica Carroll

Erica is a Certified Child Life Specialist born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Florida and Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Erica has vast experience serving in variety of leadership roles within nonprofit/social impact organizations, such as Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, Camp Boggy Creek, Global Medical Training, Cancer Support Community Greater Miami, and UPenn's Center for Social Impact Strategy. Erica was a semifinalist in The Wharton School's 2015 Business Plan Competition for her work on StudentsCare. She was also awarded the 2016 Excellence in Social Impact Award by Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice. As CEO, Erica oversees all chapter/program operations, manages staff, consultants, and partnerships, and engages in revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs and expansion.


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/06/2024
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Board chair

Erica Sokol

Lauren Sokol

Sokol & Sokol CPA

Jeannine Altrogge


Viren Doshi

Northwest Community Healthcare

Deborah Odunze

Cambridge Health Alliance

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/11/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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