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 community. 

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. 

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley volunteers

Volunteer Types 

Wish Granter

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. 


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

Office Volunteer 

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

Events Volunteer 


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

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, landscaping and more. 

Speaker’s Bureau Volunteer 

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

Outreach Volunteer 

Interact with interested parties at volunteer recruitment and medical outreach events with the intent of recruiting more volunteers. 

Alumni Committee 

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

How to Get Started

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 application: Complete a volunteer application packet and send to our Volunteer Coordinator. This is used as a preliminary screening tool, and incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Chat with a MAW Staff: After we receive your completed application, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator to any of your questions answered and allow time to learn more about you and your interests.  

Submit your paperwork: After your conversation, you will complete any outstanding paperwork.  

Attend a volunteer orientation: Learn about our mission to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses and how you can help. You can find upcoming dates on the calendar page to register. 

Welcome! You are officially now a volunteer for Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley! You will be an integral part of delivering our mission forward.