Volunteer

Make-A-Wish volunteer celebrating wish child Kelani's shopping spree wish with him, and both are wearing blue Make-A-Wish t-shirts

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 children when they need it the most. In fact, our volunteers are at the heart of every wish experience. 

Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island 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 children. Volunteers have the flexibility to choose when and how they would like to help transform lives in our community. 

Check out the list of focus areas below to see where you can best contribute your skills and time to help make wishes come true. 

Volunteer Types 

Wish-Granting Volunteer

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

Translator/Interpreter

Help facilitate wish experiences for non-English-speaking families or assist with translation requests (as needed). 

Office Volunteer

Assist with various projects in one of our offices (Boston, West Springfield, East Providence), including data entry, phone calls, mailings, and research. 

Events Volunteer

Help to plan, organize, and implement successful fundraising events by working on committees, helping on event day, and/or participating in an event.

Skill-Based Volunteer

Use your professional expertise on an as-needed basis to provide much-needed skills such as reading and writing in multiple languages, graphic design, photography, landscaping, carpentry, painting, interior design and interior decorating, and more. 

Speaker’s Bureau Volunteer

Present key information and share stories about Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island 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. 

Wish Family Ambassador

Wish alumni and their families can represent Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island at a number of external outreach and fundraising events to share your wish experience. 

Your Make-A-Wish Journey Starts Today

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

  1. Attend a volunteer information session: Sit in on a digital webinar and 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. 

  1. 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. This is used as a preliminary screening tool, and incomplete applications will not be considered. 

  1. Chat with a current volunteer or staff member: After we receive your completed application, you will speak with a current volunteer or staff member to get your questions answered and allow time to learn more about you and your interests. 

  1. Submit your paperwork: After your conversation, you will be asked to complete a criminal background check through our approved vendor and submit final paperwork. 

  1. Welcome! You are officially now a Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island volunteer! You will be an integral part of delivering our mission forward. 

New Volunteer Trainings

Autumn 2020 - VIRTUAL

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
  • Monday, Dec. 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 29, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

REGISTER FOR A TRAINING

All trainings are online. Login link will be emailed to registrants prior to each training.