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Volunteer Opportunities

Wish Granting Volunteer

As a wish granting volunteer, you will experience the magic that occurs when a child is permitted to dream. Wishgranting Volunteers are paired up in teams of two to interview children to determine their heartfelt wish. You will assist in the granting of each wish with Make-A-Wish staff and your volunteer partner.

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. Volunteers support Make-A-Wish Annual Galas, Walk for Wishes, Radiothon, Wine and Wishes, 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 that are able to assist with office duties, administrative tasks, and special projects in our Lake Success office.

Wish Assist Phone Greeter or Guide

You can become part of the magic of a wish experience for hundreds of children from all over the world as they come to New York to have their heartfelt wishes fulfilled.  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.


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 (888) 869-9474
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
4600 Main Street
Suite 101
Snyder, NY 14226
(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