What are some of your greatest volunteer needs?
Currently, we have a special need for volunteers who meet any of the following criteria:
How do I become a volunteer?
To begin the volunteer process you must fill out a Volunteer Application, complete a live scan background check and attend an orientation. Please visit our Become A Volunteer page for more details.
Can I volunteer around my work schedule?
Yes. Many volunteers are working professionals. We ask for a time commitment in order to ensure volunteers are properly trained and can make timely progress in granting children's wishes. Administrative volunteers may work during business hours, while fundraising event volunteers can select specific days and times based on event needs. Speakers' bureau volunteers offer speeches at events, which also vary by nature. We strive to be as flexible as possible with our volunteers' time, and we ask the same in return.
What can I do as a volunteer?
The main areas of volunteerism are: Wish Granting, Events, Community Outreach projects, Administration and Special Projects. Visit our Become A Volunteer page for more information
Can anyone be a volunteer?
Official volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers must be positive, outgoing, and passionate about children and our mission. It is important that volunteers are comfortable in a variety of social situations and work well with others.
I'm not 18 years old. Can I still volunteer for Make-A-Wish?
Although all volunteers must be 21 years old to work directly with our wish children or 18 to work with our fundraising and office efforts, there are a number of other volunteer opportunities including helping at events, hosting a toy, backpack or gift card drive or organizing a fundraiser at school through our Kids For Wish Kids® program.
Who makes a great volunteer for your organization?
Volunteers who believe in and adhere to our values fit the Foundation best. Our values are: Integrity, Child Focus, Excellence, Community and Inspiration.
We approach every aspect of our work with unwavering standards of honesty, transparency and respect for wish recipients, their families and Foundation supporters.
- Child Focus
Our business practices always put the interests of wish children first.
We aspire to have best-in-class business practices, and we embrace the challenge to exceed expectations at every opportunity.
We foster a collaborative, global community of staff, volunteers and donors with the collective ability to make the broadest possible range of wishes come true.
We are inspired by the examples of our wish kids and the actions of the entire Make-A-Wish® community to approach our mission with life-affirming enthusiasm, imagination and creativity. As a result, we fill each wish experience and every interaction with hope, strength and joy.
It is unlikely that you will have a regular volunteer time (i.e. every Tuesday at a certain time). The positions at Make-A-Wish tend to be very project-oriented, and it is necessary that you have a somewhat flexible schedule to accommodate this commitment.