The Make-A-Wish Foundation®
began in 1980 as the result of the efforts of
volunteers. Today, the Foundation relies on
nearly 25,000 volunteers to fulfill its mission.
Volunteers will find a variety of opportunities
to contribute their time and skills. Volunteers
can work in special events coordination,
fundraising, community outreach, Web design,
office assistance or wish granting. In return,
volunteers have the chance to meet new people,
develop new skills and, of course, contribute to
a great cause.
What Do Volunteers Do?
Here are just a few of the
Make-A-Wish® volunteer positions:
Wish Granter: Meet the family
and the child, help the child determine their
wish, and be a liaison between the family and
Community Events Coordinator:
Support external fundraising events by
staffing, training and managing other event
Speaker’s Bureau: Spread the
work about the good work done at Make-A-Wish
to increase fundraising and attract other
Assist families at airports or train stations
as they prepare to depart for their wish
experience, or they may greet families
arriving in their city.
Grant Writers: Help secure
grants for the Foundation.
Board of Directors: Play an
important role in leading the Make-A-Wish
Foundation and the members of all our boards
of directors are all volunteers.
Maintain networks, Web sites and other
Who Can Volunteer?
We welcome volunteers with all
skills and interests. Typically, volunteers are
adults, but there are some opportunities for
those younger than 18.
Your Volunteer Experience
We want to make your experience
fulfilling, and we appreciate feedback on how we
can deliver on that goal. We make you a part of
the team through training and guidance.
Internships provide college students with
hands-on learning opportunities. Students
interested in a career in the nonprofit sector
will find a wealth of experience.
To find out how you can donate
your talents to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to
inquire about an internship please
contact your local chapter.
If you would like more
information on volunteer opportunities at the
Make-A-Wish Foundation National Office
headquatered in Phoenix, AZ, please complete our
National Office volunteer form.
Aids Bracelet Project
12 million* children in
sub-Saharan Africa are orphans because of
AIDS. Some live with elderly grandparents.
Some have been taken in by neighbors. Many
live in child-headed households.
What can an American do to
help these children? Plenty. The AIDS
Bracelet is simply a way to link those who
have much with those children who need so
much. You can make a difference today.
The Aids Bracelet Project
is a grass roots effort to help ordinary,
caring people work together to make a
difference in the lives of AIDS orphans. A
simple bracelet--made by women in Africa who
support orphans or AIDS orphans
themselves--is a tangible expression of
concern. Churches, schools and other groups
offer these African bracelets to individuals
for a donation of $20. Those who wear the
bracelets tell one other person about the
AIDS orphan crisis. The funds gathered go
to support four outstanding charities
working specifically with AIDS orphans in
Africa--Compassion, International Justice
Mission, Opportunity International and World
bracelet is handmade in Africa by an AIDS
orphan or a woman supporting AIDS orphans.
Each bracelet is truly unique. Red stands
for AIDS, which has devastated Africa.
Yellow represents hope. Green is for the
abundance we as Americans can share. Order
your bracelets today:
Be sure to send us your name, address, and
number of bracelets. Questions?
a Military Spouse
With no end in sight to the hostilities
in the Middle East and around the world,
WAHMfest™ has teamed up with home businesses
and local merchants to create the Help a
Spouse fund. We recognize that the brave
men and women of our Armed Forces face many
dangers and hardships while they are
deployed, but we think that the brave
spouses who "soldier on" without their mates
deserve some recognition, too.
With that goal in mind, they have created
Help a Spouse Care Baskets. Each
basket includes a variety of treats,
including a relaxing body wash and body
sponge, a scented candle, hand cream,
chocolates and more. (Read a
Herndon Connection article from
2004 on the Care Baskets.)
How can you help? Here are some options:
Nominate a Military Spouse for a
care package. As we raise the funds for
each care basket, a new name will be
randomly drawn and the basket will be sent
out. (Please note: due to shipping
regulations, the nominee must have
a stateside address. Unfortunately, we
cannot accept APO addresses at this time.)
- Share this information with
your friends and families -- especially
those you know who are currently deployed.
We would love to have soldiers nominating
their loved ones for a gift basket so we
can send special wishes along with them.
Sponsor a gift basket -- or
several. Your name and special note with
your personal wishes will go to a chosen
military spouse. Baskets are one (1) for
$25.00; two (2) for $45.00; or three (3)
- Can't sponsor a whole care basket but
still would like to donate toward the
Are you a business interested in
sponsoring Help a Spouse Care Baskets?
E-mail for information regarding
business sponsorship packages.
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directly through e-mail at
email@example.com or by phone at
If you have a service project that you'd
like to post here, please email it to
firstname.lastname@example.org with SERVICE
PROJECTS in the subject line.