Volunteer

Volunteers Kristine & Lisa

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. 

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Make-A-Wish® offers a volunteer position for every time and talent.

Wish Granters 

Wish Granters are essential to fulfilling each child's wish. They work in teams of two or three and help the wish child determine their heartfelt wish. They also help create an exceptional wish experience through ongoing engagement with the child and their family.  Learn more!

Airport Meet and Greeters 

Airport Meet and Greeters help families get their wish trip started on a great note, and ensure the wish child and their family are taken care of when the arrive home from their trip. These volunteers are there to help so the wish child and their family don't have to worry about a thing. Learn more!

Event Volunteers 

Event volunteers help the Foundation raise funds by assisting at events. Varied tasks are assigned to ensure success of the event. Learn more!

Office Volunteers 

Office volunteers support the Make-A-Wish® Minnesota staff at the office and assist with behind the scenes tasks that keep the organization running smoothly. Learn more! 

Fundraiser Organizers 

Fundraiser Organizers plan events to benefit Make-A-Wish Minnesota. Learn more!

Shopping Spree Assistants 

Shopping Spree Assistants help ensure wish children who have wished to have a shopping spree have an experience they'll never forget! These volunteers are there to make sure the wish child and their family have everything they need during their wish experience. Learn more!

Speaker's Bureau 

A Speaker’s Bureau volunteer will present key information and share stories regarding Make-A-Wish to community organizations, corporations, schools, and internal or external events. Through these efforts the Speaker’s Bureau volunteer will aim to increase the audience’s awareness and support for Make-A-Wish. This opportunity is open to all wish families, as well as volunteers and supporters who have been serving for at least one year. Learn more!

Become a volunteer today!

Your Make-A-Wish Journey Starts Today 

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. 

Step 1:  Read the volunteer position descriptions 
Most of our positions require volunteers to be at least 18 years old. Event volunteers must be at least 14 years old, with minors accompanied by an adult. Be sure you thoroughly read through the description located here  and understand the commitment required.  

Step 2: Review our Volunteer Orientation Session 
Completion of a Volunteer Orientation is a requirement for all new volunteers. To complete this session online, please watch the webinar below.  

Wish kid Caleb

Click the link below to download a PDF of the volunteer application. 

Volunteer Application

All signatures must be in wet ink, so please print the form and return via email, fax, or mail (details on application). 

Step 3: Complete the Volunteer Application Process 
Upon completion of the Volunteer Orientation and application, we will reach out to you to schedule a short phone interview and complete a background check.  

The background check is a required part of the application for all volunteers except those exclusively interested in working events or organizing fundraisers. Make-A-Wish® volunteers commonly are trusted to work directly with our wish families and may handle Make-A-Wish resources (including money or donated goods) as they assist with wishes. For the protection of the wish families and the Foundation itself, we run an extensive background check on all staff and volunteers. In order to cover the cost of background checks, we ask volunteers to pay the background check fee. With questions regarding the application, please contact us.

Step 4: Approval 
Once your application has been successfully screened, we will contact you to inform you of the good news. At this point you will be added to the weekly “Wish Wednesday” e-newsletter which outlines the most up to date volunteer opportunities. 

Step 5: Complete Additional Training 
Some volunteer roles require additional training before starting, so at this time you will have the option to complete other trainings. 

With any questions regarding the volunteer application process or to get started, please contact us

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