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

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



Help facilitate wish experiences for non-English-speaking families. Translators attend wish visit and phone calls, but they are not directly involved in planning wishes. 


Office Volunteer

Assist with various projects at our chapter office, including phone calls, mailings and research. 

Events Volunteer

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


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 and more. 


Speaker’s Bureau Volunteer

Present key information and share stories about Make-A-Wish San Diego to increase support and educate audiences on our mission. 


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. 



Your Make-A-Wish Journey Starts Today  

At every level of the organization, volunteers are critical to our mission. To get started on bringing hope and joy to local children with critical illnesses as a Make-A-Wish volunteer, please check the steps below on our current onboarding process.  

Fill out application: You will be able to submit your volunteer application when the next upcoming cycle opens in 2021. This is used as a preliminary screening tool for volunteers that we need to fill specific roles. Any incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Interview with our Volunteer Manager: After we receive your completed application it will be carefully reviewed by our Volunteer Manager. Based on current openings, we will ask volunteers to have a 1:1 interview who meet the needs of our organization. 

Submit your paperwork: After your interview, you will be asked to complete and successfully pass a criminal background check.  

Welcome! You are officially now a volunteer for Make-A-Wish San Diego! You will be an integral part of delivering our mission forward. 

For any questions please email us