Are there volunteer opportunities available at this time?
Yes, we have an immediate need for qualified candidates for the following specific assignments:
Regular and Fill-In Office Assistants – We’re in need of a qualified volunteer available to help out in the Make-A-Wish office every Wednesday morning, as well as several assistants who have daytime availability to work occasionally as a substitute, fill-in office workers. Please see the job description on the “Volunteer Positions” page for more information.
Airport Meet and Greet Volunteers – We’re seeking outgoing, super-friendly volunteers to welcome out-of-state wish families at DIA. You must have a very flexible schedule with occasional daytime, evening and weekend availability. Please see the job description on the “Volunteer Positions” page for more information.
To apply for these positions, please complete and return this Volunteer Application to the Director of Volunteers. Instructions are included on the form. Please note clearly on the application which of the three positions above you are applying for. Based upon on the need to fill these positions, we will consider applications, schedule interviews, run background checks (and receive successful results), and notify eligible candidates of their selection. Then at a later date, selected volunteers will be expected to attend the Volunteer Orientation.
When will you be accepting additional volunteers?
We are updating our Volunteer Orientation program and will be considering volunteer candidates for most positions after January 2017. If you have submitted a Volunteer Application, thank you for your interest! You will be invited to an orientation meeting when they are scheduled. If you would like your name to be added to the waiting list to be invited to future orientation meetings, please complete and return this Volunteer Application to the Director of Volunteers.
In general, we ask potential volunteers to complete and return the application form; attend the 2-hour orientation meeting at the Make-A-Wish office; and then, successfully complete an interview, criminal background check, and specific job-related training.
What are you looking for in a volunteer?
Volunteers must be positive, outgoing, and passionate about children and our mission. It is important that volunteers work well in a team environment. In addition, we seek volunteers who are open-minded, creative, professional, flexible, and willing to make themselves available for volunteer opportunities.
Please note that most opportunities, including wish granting, have a minimum age requirement of 21 years old. If you are younger and would like to help us make wishes come true, please learn more about our Kids For Wish Kids® program.
What kind of schedule must I have to volunteer?
We strive to be as flexible as possible with our volunteers' time, and we ask the same in return. It is unlikely that you will have a regular volunteer time (i.e. every Tuesday from 10-2). Most opportunities at Make-A-Wish® are occasional and project-oriented. Although it is beneficial to have a flexible schedule, it is not required. Most of our volunteers have full-time jobs and successfully fit working with our foundation into their schedules.
What kind of time commitment do you ask of your volunteers?
Your time commitment is related to the position or job you are assigned. We make an effort to match your availability with the needs of the assignment. Other than a weekly office assistant job, volunteering your time and talent is occasional and based upon your choice to fit it into your schedule when you can. We ask volunteers to participate in 3—4 events/activities per year. When you accept a position or task, we expect a high level of commitment and professionalism from our volunteers. In return, Make-A-Wish promises to give you the necessary training, instructions, support and resources you need to do the work entrusted to you, as well as fun, respect, and loads of genuine appreciation.
What type of volunteers roles support Make-A-Wish?
There are six main types of volunteer jobs with Make-A-Wish: Airport Greeters, Fundraising, Office Assistance, Speakers, Special Events, and Wish Granting. Additional opportunities may become available on a case-by-case basis.
Is training provided?
All volunteers will participate in a basic orientation session, and special group or one-on-one training for the specific volunteer role to which you commit. In addition, online training topics may be made available through Make-A-Wish America’s online university.
Why do I have to undergo a criminal background check?
For the protection of the wish families and Make-A-Wish itself, it is a national standard that a criminal background check is run on all staff and volunteers every three years. (Many Make-A-Wish volunteers are trusted to work directly with our wish families and to handle Make-A-Wish resources [including money or donated goods] at fundraising events.) All information in the application and any acquired through the background check process will remain confidential and is used only for screening and placement purposes.
Are volunteers involved with the children on an on-going basis?
No, usually not. Our emphasis is on delivering one-of-a-kind wish experiences, rather than on developing ongoing relationships with families or children. Of all of our volunteer positions, being a wish granter offers the highest level of involvement with wish children and their families. Wish granters meet a family at the beginning of the wish experience to better understand the child’s most heartfelt wish and support the wish-granting process. Occasionally, volunteers are involved in some aspects of planning the child’s wish, depending on the particular wish selected by the child.
I have a question not addressed here. Who can I contact?
Please contact Becky Schilling, Director of Volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 303-750-9474