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Become a volunteer

Transform the life of a child

Did you know that a wish is not simply a wish?

Wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope. 

Last year, our chapter granted over 700 wishes to children in our communities - and there are many more waiting for their chance.

Find out how you can make a difference in the life of a child.

How to Become a Make-A-Wish Volunteer

1. Complete the online Volunteer Application and Conflict of Interest Statement
2. View the online Volunteer Orientation
3. Participate in volunteer phone interview
4. Complete criminal background check
5. Sign up for a role specific training on WishNet

All information in the application, as well as anything acquired through the background check will remain confidential and will only be used for screening and placement purposes.

Any further questions, please contact Amanda Cody at 516-944-6212 Ext. 130 or npbql@zrgebal.jvfu.bet.

Volunteer Roles

Wish-Granting Volunteer

If you love making children smile, this is the role for you! We need wish-granting volunteers to meet with wish kids to determine their one true wish. Wish granters are assigned in teams of two to meet the children and their families. We have a long list of children waiting and we need more volunteers.

Speakers Volunteer

If you love meeting new people and public speaking, this is the volunteer role for you! You can help make wishes come true by introducing the public to Make-A-Wish and the work that we do. Whether it’s a ten minute talk to a local club, a check presentation to a group of school children, or manning a table at a workplace-giving fair; you can be the face and voice of Make-A-Wish.

Special Events Volunteer

Special events volunteers support signature Make-A-Wish fundraising events including annual galas, Walk For Wishes, Toast To Wishes, Radiothon, golf tournaments, etc. Volunteering at a special event provides an inside look into the fundraising side of the foundation. Volunteers typically need evening or weekend availability for this role.

Medical Outreach Volunteer

If you enjoy teaching and are familiar with medical terminology, then the medical outreach volunteer role might be right for you! Medical outreach volunteers explain medical eligibility requirements, increase referrals, and educate on the misconceptions of Make-A-Wish to the medical community.

Office Volunteer

Periodically, we are in need of volunteers who are able to assist with office duties, administrative tasks and special projects in our Lake Success office.

Wish Assist Phone Greeter or Guide

Hundreds of children from all over the world come to New York each year to have their heartfelt wish granted and you can become part of their wish experience. As a Wish Assist Phone Greeter, you will be the friendly voice for children and their families visiting the Big Apple. Volunteers introduce our wish families to New York by making a few phone calls to check in, reviewing itineraries, and answering any questions the family may have about their visit. As a Wish Assist Guide, you will accompany the children and their families on the wish experience.

Translator

Translators will assist in communicating with our wish families who speak a language other than English.

Volunteer Recruiter

Recruiters support Make-A-Wish staff in executing volunteer engagement and recruitment campaigns and conducting community outreach efforts at career fairs, professional/civic events, conferences and volunteer fairs.

Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York
1111 Marcus Avenue
Suite LL22
Lake Success, NY 11042
(516) 944-6212
Toll Free Emergency Only (877) 977-5688
Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York, Manhattan Office
200 Park Avenue
17th Floor
New York, NY 10166
(212) 957-9474

Make-A-Wish® Western New York
100 Sylvan Parkway
Amherst, NY 14228
(716) 810-9474
Toll Free (888) 336-9474
Make-A-Wish® Western New York, Rochester Regional Office
3025 Monroe Avenue
Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 272-9474
Toll Free (888) 336-9474