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For a child with a critical illness, 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 critical illness 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 to help make wishes come true. This involves working in collaboration with chapter staff to interview the child and family to help discover the wish, helping the child stay engaged while waiting for the wish to happen and planning a wish celebration. Wish granting requires the following:

• Long-term commitment (minimum of two years).
• Administrative and technical focus with paperwork completion and electronic submission
• Constant, timely communication with staff, families and volunteer partners (email and phone)

• Comfort in in-kind donation solicitation

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 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

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

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

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

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 medical condition. 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.



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Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, Inc.
6555 Rock Spring Drive
Suite 280
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 962-9474
After Hours Nightline (301) 962-9474