Numbers from the Metro New York chapter of Make-A-Wish show an interesting distributional picture. Currently, there are 985 children who are in the wish-granting process, but only 535 hardworking active volunteers are available to make these wishes come true. Moreover, because wish-granting volunteers work in teams of two, the gap is actually wider than simple numbers indicate. Clearly, there are distinct imbalances between wishes that could be granted in each region and the number of active volunteers within the community who are able to grant them.
Metro New York Chapter Volunteerism Gap At-A-Glance:
• Brooklyn - 303 possible wishes - 88 volunteers
• The Bronx - 187 possible wishes - 22 volunteers
• Queens - 196 possible wishes - 69 volunteers
• Staten Island - 47 possible wishes - 11 volunteers
• Manhattan - 133 possible wishes - 237 volunteers
• Nassau - 119 possible wishes - 108 volunteers
As knowledge of Make-A-Wish spreads throughout the community, more eligible children are being referred. In order to ensure that each one of these children gets to experience the life-changing impact of a wish, more volunteers from the community are needed.
Volunteers like Jayne are the backbone of Make-A-Wish because they do literally grant the wishes! Volunteer needs vary by chapter, and there are opportunities in every community. Last year, Make-A-Wish granted 14,000 wishes throughout the US, with volunteers spending an average of 12 hours on each wish — a total of 336,000 hours of volunteer work.
If you’d like to help Make-A-Wish Metro New York reach its goal of granting a wish to every eligible child, click here.