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Frequently Asked Questions


Why do you require a criminal background check?

Because we work closely with children, Make-A-Wish Mid-South asks all volunteers to submit to a criminal background check. 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.


What are some of your greatest volunteer needs?

Currently, we have a great need for volunteers who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Speak both Spanish and English
  • Have daytime availability
  • Are willing to travel to meet families who live outside the metropolitan areas of Arkansas, West Tennessee and North Mississippi

How do I become a volunteer?

To begin the volunteer process you must fill out a Volunteer Application, complete a live scan background check and attend a training session, if necessary. Please visit Become A Volunteer for more details. 

Can I volunteer around my schedule? 

Yes! Many volunteers have other commitments such as work, family and involvement in other organizations. We ask for a time commitment in order to ensure volunteers are properly trained and can make timely progress on wishes. Administrative volunteers (office angels) may work during business hours, while fundraising event volunteers can select specific days and times based on event needs. We strive to be as flexible as possible with volunteer schedules, and ask for the same in return.

Can anyone be a volunteer?

Official 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.

Wish Granter

What is a Wish Granter?

Wish Granters, working in teams of two or three, attend to the details of granting a wish. They work directly with children to ascertain and plan wishes, and 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 are asked to attend a mandatory training, work on up to three wishes per year, and if the situation requires, travel up to two hours for the wish visit.

Do Wish Granters travel with the family/child?

No, there are 61 other 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.

How often and where do you hold Wish Granter trainings?

Wish Granter trainings are held as determined by the need in each community.

What is Wish Granter training?

Wish Granter trainings are specialized trainings that consist of an overview of Make-A-Wish, the Wish Granting process, and are a combination of online and in-person training. 

Volunteer with us

Mallory Lindsey
Volunteer Coordinator, AR
(501) 492-7274

Allie Lindsey
Volunteer Coordinator, TN/MS
(901) 692-9511

Make-A-Wish® Mid-South
1780 Moriah Woods Blvd.
Suite 10
Memphis, TN 38117
(901) 680-9474
Toll Free (800) 264-9474
Make-A-Wish® Mid-South¸ Arkansas Office
320 Executive Court
Suite 101
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 376-9474
Toll Free (888) 376-9474
Make-A-Wish® Mid-South, Northwest Arkansas Office
One West Mountain
Suite 108
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 755-4524
Wish Referrals (501) 376-9474