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Frequently Asked Questions


Why do you require a criminal background check?

Because we work closely with children, Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles asks all volunteers to pay for and submit to a criminal background check. More information and a link will be sent to volunteers after they apply. All information received from these reports will remain confidential and be used only for screening and placement purposes. Make-A-Wish policy prohibits our chapter from using the services of a volunteer if the volunteer has been convicted of a crime that victimizes children, is sexual in nature and/or involves violence, fraud or significant theft.

If you have ever been convicted of a crime against a child, a sexual crime or a violent crime or fraud, we cannot place you as a volunteer with our organization. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact us.


What are some of your greatest volunteer needs? 
Currently, we have a special need for volunteers who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Speak both Spanish and English
  • Have daytime availability 
  • Live near Palmdale, Lancaster, Pomona, Downey, Compton.

How do I become a volunteer?
To begin the volunteer process you must attend a Volunteer Orientation, complete a Volunteer Application, and complete a background check. Please visit Becoming a Volunteer for more details.

Can I volunteer around my schedule? 
Yes. Many volunteers are working professionals with personal and professional commitments. We ask for a time commitment in order to ensure volunteers are properly trained and can make timely progress in granting children's wishes. Wish-granting volunteers schedule a time to meet with our wish families based on the family’s schedule as well as their own. Office volunteers may work during business hours, while fundraising or event volunteers can select specific days and times based on event needs. We strive to be as flexible as possible with our volunteers' time, and we ask the same in return.

What can I do as a volunteer?
The main areas of volunteerism are: Wish Granting, Events, Fundraising, Office and Special Projects. Visit Types of Volunteers for more information.

Can anyone be a volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers must be positive, outgoing, and passionate about children and our mission. It is important that volunteers are comfortable in a variety of social situations and work well with others.

I'm not 18 years old. Can I still volunteer for Make-A-Wish?
Although all official volunteers must be 18 years old to work directly with our wish children, there are a number of other volunteer opportunities: hosting a toy, backpack or gift card drive or organizing a fundraiser at school through our Kids For Wish Kids program.

What kind of schedule must I have to be able to volunteer?
It is unlikely that you will have a regular volunteer time (i.e. every Tuesday at a certain time). The positions at Make-A-Wish tend to be very project-oriented and it is necessary that you have a flexible enough schedule to accommodate this commitment. Granting wishes is a long-term volunteer role. Volunteers who travel monthly may be best suited for short-term commitments such as Events or Special Projects.

Wish Granter

What is a Wish Granter?
Wish Granters work in teams of two and attend to the details of granting a wish. They work directly with children to ascertain and plan wishes. They also work creatively to seek in-kind goods and services to implement the wish. The nature of each child's wish determines the level of the Wish Granter's involvement. Wish Granters attend a mandatory training, work on at least two wishes per year, and if the situation requires, travel to visit waiting wish children. Wish Granters must be at least 18 years old.

Do Wish Granters travel with the family/child?
No, there are 61 Make-A-Wish chapters around the country and many international affiliates. When we send a wish family to another state or country, that chapter will help facilitate the wish. 

What is a Wish Granter Training?
Wish Granter Trainings are specialized trainings that consist of an overview of Make-A-Wish, the wish-granting process, meeting with children/families and planning a wish. This is a specialized volunteer opportunity. 

How often and where do you hold Wish Granter Trainings?
Wish Granter trainings are a combination of online and in-person trainings that are held on an as-needed basis as determined by the need in each community and area.

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Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles
11390 W. Olympic Blvd.
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 788-9474
Toll Free Los Angeles Only (800) 322-9474