Volunteer

Volunteer with Make-A-Wish

Join a caring community of volunteers who transform lives. Together, we can make countless wishes come true.  

Your time and unique talents are critical to bringing strength and hope to wish kids when they need it the most. In fact, our volunteers are at the heart of every wish experience. 

Make-A-Wish volunteers consider their work impactful and meaningful. And, their efforts are rewarded—not in dollars or cents, but in the incredible difference they make in the lives of our wish kids. Volunteers even have the freedom to choose when and how they would like to help transform lives in our communities within our chapter. 

We understand that you want to volunteer but might not know where your skills and talents best lie. Check out our volunteer opportunities and see where you can best help make wishes come true. 

Volunteer Types

Wish Granter

Work with a partner to meet with wish kids and their families to start them on their wish discovery journey and then continue being that constant connection to Make-A-Wish during this magical process. 

Translator/Interpreter

Help facilitate wish experiences for non-English-speaking families. Translators may attend wish discovery visits and assist with phone calls, but they are not directly involved in planning wishes. 

Office Volunteer

Assist with various projects at our chapter offices, including phone calls, mailings and research. 

Events Volunteer

Fulfill various volunteer roles at special events throughout the year.  

Skill-Based Volunteer

Use your professional skills and knowledge on an as-needed basis to provide much-needed skills such as reading and writing in multiple languages, graphic design, photography, and more. 

Outreach Volunteer/Community Ambassador

Attend various outreach events to highlight and represent the mission in order to increase awareness and support.  

Wish Family Ambassador

Open to wish alumni and their families, represent Make-A-Wish at a number of external outreach and fundraising events to share your wish experience. 

It's easy to become a Make-A-Wish Volunteer!

Your Make-A-Wish Journey Starts Today 

At every level of the organization, volunteers are critical to the mission. Get started today and soon you can bring hope and joy to local children with critical illnesses as a Make-A-Wish volunteer. 

Attend a volunteer information session: Sit in on a virtual webinar and learn about our mission to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses and how you can help. Visit our Volunteer Dates Page or our calendar page to register for upcoming dates. 

Fill out application: Once you attend a webinar, you will receive a link to complete the volunteer application from a Make-A-Wish staff member. To get a jump start on becoming a volunteer, feel free to fill out the Volunteer Application below.

Volunteer Application - Interactive.pdf

Submit your paperwork: After you fill out your paperwork, you’ll submit that to our Senior Volunteer Manager. Depending upon your volunteer position(s), you may be required to complete a criminal background check at a nominal fee. 

Complete role-specific training: Depending on which volunteer role you are interested in, there will be a required training webinar to participate in. You will receive the dates for these trainings upon completion of the Volunteer Orientation. 

Welcome! You are officially now a volunteer for Make-A-Wish Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada! You will be an integral part of delivering our mission forward. 

Register for an Orientation, New Wish Granter or Virtual Visit Training 

Begin, or continue your journey as a Make-A-Wish Volunteer by finding a volunteer orientation or training that fits into your schedule.  

Upcoming Volunteer Events