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We are looking for volunteers all throughout Central and Northern Ontario, with the exception of Toronto.
A wish granter will meet with the wish child and family members to help determine the child’s most heartfelt wish while brainstorming and planning special enhancements throughout the wish process. Wish granters work in teams of two alongside Make-A-Wish staff to ensure every eligible child’s wish comes true.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Partner with at least one other volunteer wish granter to help grant the wishes of children throughout the chapter’s territory.
• Visit the wish child, with the goal of discerning his/her one true wish, while gaining a clear understanding of the reason behind the child’s most heartfelt wish.
• Complete and submit wish paperwork in a timely manner according to chapter guidelines.
• Create a magical wish experience for the wish child by planning and delivering “wish enhancements” – special, creative touches that keep the child excited about the wish throughout the process.
• Solicit in-kind donations, ensuring Make-A-Wish resources are used wisely.
• Plan “send-off” party or “presentation” party for each wish, as appropriate.
• Develop a positive rapport with the wish child and family by serving as a liaison between chapter staff and the wish family, ensuring the family is updated on the status of the wish throughout the wish process.
• Act as a reliable, communicative and productive member of the “wish team” by working closely with a volunteer partner and Make-A-Wish staff to create the best possible wish experience for the child.
• Other duties may be assigned as deemed appropriate.
• Passion for children and high comfort level with interacting with children ages 3 to 17.
• Creative thinker with drive to make each wish unique and magical.
• Excellent people skills with the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, especially children with critical illnesses.
• Highly organized and detail-oriented.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Resourceful and self-motivated with a willingness to solicit in-kind donations.
• Flexible schedule and willingness to drive up to one hour to visit with wish child and family.
• Bilingual abilities in written and spoken form a plus.
Location of Opportunity
Meetings may take place at the wish family’s home or at a neutral location, such as a restaurant or hospital. Typically, wish meetings are scheduled for weekday evenings or weekends based upon the schedules of the wish team and wish family. Departure parties may be planned for the wish family’s home or a nearby venue/restaurant.
• The average wish requires between 20-25 hours of volunteer work over a span of about six months to a year. Each wish can vary greatly in the time it takes to grant depending on the requested wish and wish family circumstances.