You can help grant a wish to a child facing a critical illness in your community. There are many ways to ensure the continued mission of granting wishes to these children.
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...
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 email@example.com.
There are multiple ways to support the development efforts at Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Development Volunteers work with an assigned member of our development staff based on their interests, background and skills. Opportunities include joining an event committee, hosting a fundraiser, making introductions and recruiting groups or individuals for our walks. For more information on how to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 our Evening of Wishes gala, Charm City Celebration of Wishes and two Walk For Wishes® events. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wish Support Volunteer
Volunteers will assist in carrying out wishes to have room re-dos and/or electronic wishes. For room re-dos, support is needed to build furniture, paint walls and complete general cosmetic room changes. If you have experience in Interior Design, support is needed for designing rooms and layouts. For electronic wishes, support is needed to install and/or set up electronic devices to be prepared for wish child use. Volunteers will be contacted as these opportunities arise. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Each semester, select college students have the opportunity to work and learn in our offices. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors helps chart the chapter's course. They contribute a vast array of experience and skills that help maintain our status as the nation’s largest wish-granting organization. For more information, please email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.