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For a child with a life-threatening medical condition, a wish experience can give back what the illness takes away. It can help children forget about being sick…remember how to be kids…laugh out loud…and inspire them to keep making plans for the future.

You can help grant a wish to a child facing a life-threatening condition in your community. There are many ways to ensure the continued mission of granting wishes to these children.

Kailyn's Sesame Street Caribbean  Adventure!

More than 700 volunteers in the Mid-Atlantic area generously give their time and talents to share the power of a wish®. There are volunteer opportunities in the Headquarters office in Bethesda, as well as our Regional Office in Baltimore.

Here are ways YOU can get involved...

Wish-Granting Volunteer
Work in teams of two with wish children and their families to help make wishes come true. This involves conducting an initial interview with the family to determine the child’s wish, working with Make-A-Wish® staff to help fulfill the wish and throwing a wish party for the child when the wish is granted. Make-A-Wish staff will handle the major details of the wish. We ask volunteers to be the direct point of contact with the family, and most importantly, to keep the child excited about the wish prior to its granting! This is a long term volunteer opportunity. Time commitment depends on the type of wish you are working on and how many at one time. The wish interview and granting almost always take place in the evening or on a weekend. You schedule this with the family and your wish partner. Flexibility in your evening and weekend schedule is fairly important. Wish-granting volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have reliable transportation. Also required are a signed Conflict of Interest/Ethics Agreement (annual), cleared background check and a one-day training session. Background checks must be updated every three years. For more information on how to get involved, please email

Wish Ambassadors
Represent the organization at a variety of speaking engagements in order to promote awareness of our mission, raise funds, or recruit volunteers. For more information on how to get involved, please email

Office Volunteer
Answer the phones, greet guests, help with administrative tasks and special projects. Must be 18 years of age and requires a signed Conflict of Interest/Ethics Agreement (annual) and cleared background check. For more information on how to get involved, please email

Fundraiser/Special Events Volunteer
Each year Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic produces special events to raise funds and promote awareness in the community. These events include a Walk For Wishes®, golf tournaments, kids triathlons and more. Assignment locations, days and times vary depending on the event, but are usually for several hours on one day. The minimum age for volunteers is 14 years old and varies by event. For more information on how to get involved, please email

Wish Assist Phone Greeter - Bethesda Office only
The opportunity to make an impact in the life of a child is only a phone call away! You can become part of the wish experience for children from around the country as they come to our area to have their heartfelt wishes granted. As a Wish Assist Greeter you will be the friendly voice for children and their families visiting our Nation’s Capital. Must be a trained wish-granting volunteer to become a Wish Assist Phone Greeter. For more information on how to get involved, please email

Each semester, select college students have the opportunity to work and learn in our offices. For more information, please email

Kids For Wish Kids®
Encourage kids to give back to their peers by participating in our Kids For Wish Kids program. This wonderful initiative encourages children to raise funds for wishes in creative ways. For more information on how to get involved, please email

Wishmakers On Campus®
A fundraising program designed for college organizations, such as student governments, athletic teams and Greek organizations, interested in contributing some of their time and energy to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information on how to get involved, please email

Do you have professional skills you would like to share with Make-A-Wish? For example, we often need professional photographers for our events. We also need professional interior designers to assist with room makeover wishes. Do you have grant-writing experience? We’d love to talk with you. For more information on how to get involved, please email

Wish Highlight

A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many of them, it marks a turning point in their fight against their illnesses. For their doctors, nurses and other health professionals, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better, emotionally and even physically.

Kailyn's Sesame Street Caribbean  Adventure! Five-year-old oatmeal-cookie-lover Kailyn is no stranger to the dance floor or to Sesame Street. She never lets her life-threatening heart condition slow her down as she shimmies and shakes with her Muppet friends. When she learned that Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic would be granting her a once-in-a-lifetime wish, this bubbly young girl chose to take her parents and sister on a magical Sesame Street Caribbean Adventure.

During their stay at the Beaches Resort and Sesame Street Adventure in the Bahamas, Kailyn and her family immersed themselves in the resort’s three pools and aqua-trampoline, five all-inclusive restaurants and treasure hunts with Abby Caddaby. The family baked cookies with Cookie Monster, watched Elmo’s play at the Big Top and learned to dance with Zoe and friends. Elmo even surprised the family for a meal! Kailyn completely absorbed Zoe’s dancing lessons and even learned to dance the Macarena. 

The trip meant so much more to the family than just the experience at the resort. Kailyn responds to anyone asking about their trip with an all-out dance show highlighting everything she learned. For once, Kailyn was able to be a normal kid and escape into a paradise with a big yellow bird and all his friends! This was truly an unforgettable experience for Kailyn (the dancing diva) and her entire family.


Kailyn's Sesame Street Caribbean  Adventure!  

Thank you to Kailyn’s wish-granting volunteers Donna Dollago and Patrick Duffy.

Wish sponsored by Discover.



Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, Inc.
5272 River Road
Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 962-9474
After Hours Nightline (301) 962-9474
Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, Inc., Baltimore Field Office
9475 Deereco Road
Deer Park Center, Suite 306
Timonium, MD 21093
(410) 453-9430
(410) 453-9430