Become a Volunteer

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 that 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 community. 

There are many ways to volunteer your time 

Check out our volunteer opportunities to see where you can best help make wishes come true.

Wish granting

Work with a partner to meet with wish kids and their families to help determine their heartfelt wishes, and then work with our staff to make those wishes a reality.

Unfortunately, we are currently at capacity for wish granters in much of our territory.

We are currently seeking volunteers in the following locations: Healdsburg/Cloverdale, Richmond/San Pablo/Hercules/Pinole, San Lorenzo/San Leandro, Morgan Hill/Gilroy, Salinas/King City/Soledad/Gonzales, Daly City/Pacifica/San Bruno/South San Francisco/Brisbane/Colma.

We are also seeking volunteers across our territory who are bilingual/fluent in one of the following languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Arabic, American Sign Language (ASL).

If you do not meet the above criteria, you are welcome to submit a volunteer inquiry to be added to our waitlist.

Events volunteering

Plan, organize and implement successful fundraising events by working on committees, helping on event day and/or participating in the event. 

Office volunteering

Assist with various projects at our chapter office, including phone calls, mailings, and research. Office volunteers typically commit to a schedule of about 3-4 hours per week over a minimum six-month commitment.

Skill-based volunteering

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, landscaping, and more. 

Speaker's bureau volunteering

Present key information and share stories about Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to increase support and educate audiences on our mission. 

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.

Fill out our volunteer inquiry form: Once completed, a Make-A-Wish representative will be in touch to discuss our volunteer opportunities and upcoming volunteer orientations.

Attend a volunteer orientation: Sit in on a digital webinar and learn about our mission to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses and how you can help.

Fill out an application: Once you attend an orientation, you will receive a link to complete the volunteer application. This is used as a preliminary screening tool, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Chat with a volunteer: After we receive your completed application, we will set up a phone interview, in which you can chat with a current volunteer and ask questions.

Submit your paperwork: After your interview, you will be asked to complete a criminal background check.

Welcome! You are officially now a volunteer for Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area! You will be an integral part of delivering our mission forward. Any volunteer interested in becoming a wish-granting volunteer will be required to attend a separate 4-5 hour Wish Granter Training session prior to becoming involved in wish activities.

Questions? Contact volu[email protected] or 415-982-9474.

Long-term volunteers

Included in our base of over 700 volunteers are our long-term volunteers whose years of service are an inspiration.

30+ Years

Jean Ingraffia-Delosreyes
Pat Probert (Volunteer Emeritus)

25-29 Years

Rose Ann Hummel
Sandra Ormerod
Scott Ormerod
Susan Proctor
Brenda Yamashita

20-24 Years

Kristi Busch, Amy Crandall, Jan Corriden, Gene Corriden, Lynne Durie, Jay Emmons, Jane Etherington, Jim Etherington, Michelle Garnett, Deni McFarland, Carolyn Pounds

15-19 Years

Barbara Aguiar, Leslie Autenreith, NaSun Cho, Renee Feldman, Lianne Herzberg, Katherine Holiday, Bob Jacobson, Eric Law-Hing, John McEntagart, Gwen Miguel, Carol De Pasquale, Joe Sanger, Joy Shmueli, Cynthia Silva, DeAnn Simpson, Joan Trabucco, John Villanueva, Lisa Vogel, Jeffrey Wong, Teri Wong, Phillip Yim