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Volunteer        

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 partner(s) 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. Wish granters must be a minimum of 18 years old. Attendance at an in-depth training session is required. 

 

Translator/Interpreter

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 offices, 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 South Dakota & Montana 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

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. 

 

Airport Greeter

Meet and welcome wish families at the airport for their wish trip departure and/or return.   Assist with luggage, check-in, security and transportation.  Ease any concerns the wish family has about navigating the airport and airline travel. 

 

Fundraising

Assist in seeking in-kind donations, write grant and/or sponsorship proposals, collaborate to build partnerships with local companies, conduct research on local companies’ giving campaigns, organize an airline miles donation or star sales campaign or plan/organize an external event to benefit Make-A-Wish® South Dakota & Montana. 

 

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. 

Overview of the on-boarding process: 

  • Online Make-A-Wish Volunteer Orientation training.
  • Application forms 
  • Criminal background check 
  • Interview 
  • Additional role related training as applies 

Contact Kerry Pollema to get started: 

Kerry Pollema, CVA 
Senior Director Volunteers and Communications/Marketing 
[email protected] 
605.335.8000 
800.640.9198