Make-A-Wish Western New York touches the lives of local families through the magic of a wish. The nonprofit organization grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In the 17-county radius of Western New York, Make-A-Wish grants on average 150 wishes each year. In order to reach all medically-eligible children in every county of the Western New York region, Make-A-Wish is focused on recruitment efforts to gather dedicated volunteers.
"Our volunteers are an integral part of the wish granting process, serving as a point of contact for the families and Make-A-Wish staff," said Lisa Johnson, Volunteer Resources coordinator of Western New York. "We want to ensure that we reach each and every child who qualifies for a wish, and help to make many magical wishes happen."
There are various roles volunteers can take on including becoming a wish granter, getting involved as a speaker in the community, assisting with fundraising efforts and events or becoming a wish story writer. "Whether it's dealing with families directly as a wish granter or helping us spread our heartfelt mission in the community as a speaker or writer, coming on board is a rewarding and life-changing experience for our volunteers," explains Kate McGowan, media relations and marketing manager of Western New York.
Make-A-Wish is offering two separate trainings specifically to those in the Jamestown area. Both trainings will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19. The first for those interested in becoming a volunteer, and a separate training following for those interested in becoming a wish granter. You must attend the new volunteer training before becoming a wish granting volunteer. The first training begins at 9:30 a.m. and the wish granting training begins at noon. Contact Lisa Johnson in the Buffalo office to register and learn additional information at 810-9474, ext. 14.