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.