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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. 

Wish Granter

As a member of a wish team, wish granters meet with the family, help the wish child determine the wish and act as a liaison between Make-A-Wish staff and the wish family during the wish process. Wish granters must be a minimum of 18 years old.  


Help facilitate wish experiences for non-English-speaking families. Translators have the option of becoming fully trained wish granting volunteers, or they can provide short-term support on an as-needed basis.  

Events Volunteer

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

Skill-Based Volunteer

Support Make-A-Wish by showcasing your knowledge and skills on an as-needed basis. A volunteer should be fluent and/or have a professional knowledge of the needed skill. Skills may include reading/writing in multiple languages, graphic design, photography, carpentry, interior design, landscaping and more.  

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. 

How do I become a Volunteer?  

Fill out the Volunteer Application  
Email [email protected] to receive the volunteer application. Make-A-Wish Iowa staff will go over opportunities in your area, as well as volunteer job responsibilities and expectations. After completing the application, we ask that you send it back by mailing, scanning or faxing.  

Background Check  
For the protection of the wish families and the Foundation itself, we run an extensive background check on all staff and volunteers. Make-A-Wish volunteers are routinely trusted to work directly with our wish families and may handle Make-A-Wish resources (including money or donated goods) as they arrange wishes or volunteer at events. Once your application has bee received, we will email you a link to complete your background check.  

Training Program  
Pending the results of your background check, we will set you up with a Make-A-Wish University account. An email including your username and password will be sent to you. You have two weeks to complete the Wish Granting Trainings.  

You are officially now a volunteer for Make-A-Wish Iowa! You will be an integral part of delivering our mission forward. You will receive important information including the volunteer manual and wish packet for your review. Our Volunteer and Wish Assignment Coordinator will also introduce you to the Wish and Area Chair for your area committee – part of the 11 committees throughout the state of Iowa.  

Maintaining Active Status  
All volunteers are expected to sign our Conflict of Interest form annually. They are also required to submit a background check every three years. Volunteers will be contacted by the Volunteer and Wish Assignment Coordinator to complete these requirements.