Two adults in royal blue Make-A-Wish t-shirts and jeans stand on either side of a child in a red and gray shirt and black beanie. The background is a living room with a gray couch and wooden wall art.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell first became interested in volunteering after watching “The Secret Millionaire,” a reality television show where individuals volunteer with several nonprofit organizations for a week to help them carry out their mission. At the end of the week, the individual reveals himself or herself as a millionaire and donates a large sum of money to help the organization achieve their goals. Inspired by the kindness and generosity of the individuals, Jason decided to seek out volunteer opportunities with Make-A-Wish® Michigan.

“I can remember feeling emotionally uplifted at the end of each episode and passionate to be able to have the same type of impact in other people’s lives,” Jason said.

By partnering together through Make-A-Wish, we are making a difference and creating turning points in kid’s lives.
Jason, Volunteer

As a wish-granting volunteer, Jason has built strong connections with wish families, getting to know them and guiding them during their wish journey. 

“My commitment to Make-A-Wish is based on a personal belief that each of us has the power and ability to make a difference,” Jason said. “Our approach to making kids feel special is unparalleled in the level of attention we provide to details that are unique to each kid and their individual circumstances.”

For Jason, volunteering with Make-A-Wish Michigan reminds him of the famous quote by Maya Angelou, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It is a constant reminder to him that compassion is healing in unconventional ways.

“We all have been given talents, connections or financial resources to be a positive influence in the lives of others and by partnering together through Make-A-Wish, we are making a difference and creating turning points in kid’s lives,” Jason said.

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of Michigan children with critical illnesses? Make-A-Wish Michigan is actively seeking volunteers throughout the state.