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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.    

Volunteer Types 

Wish Granter

Wish granters are paired up in twos and meet with the wish child to help determine the wish, complete paperwork with the family and act as a liaison between Make-A-Wish staff and the wish family during the wish process.   

Office Volunteer

Assist with various projects at our Metro New York office, including phone calls, mailings and research.

Events Volunteer

Event volunteers support signature Make-A-Wish fundraising events including annual galas, Toast To Wishes, and various community events. Volunteering at an event provides an inside look into the fundraising side of the foundation. Volunteers need to have a flexible evening or weekend schedule for this role.  

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, painting, contracting and more.  

Medical Outreach Volunteer

Work with the team to educate medical and community partners on eligibility requirements and the referral process of potential wish children.  Conduct intake assessments with families over the phone. 

Wish Family Ambassador

Open to wish alumni and their families, 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.  

For more details and an application to volunteer, please contact [email protected] if you are in the Metro New York area or Stephanie Kowalski at [email protected] if you are in the Western New York area.   


Areas of Need 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York. We are currently only accepting wish granting volunteers in select areas.  

Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in granting wishes to our kids in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.   

Please contact Stephanie Kowalski at [email protected] if you are interested in granting wishes to our kids in Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler, Wayne, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Geneseo and Wyoming counties.