How do I become a volunteer?
To begin the volunteer process you must fill out a Volunteer Application, complete a background check and attend a volunteer training session, if necessary. Most volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers are positive, outgoing and passionate about children and the Make-A-Wish mission. It's important that volunteers are comfortable in a variety of social situations.
Can I volunteer around my schedule?
Yes! Many volunteers have other commitments such as work, family and involvement in other organizations. Make-A-Wish Mid-South matches volunteers with the opportunity that fits you best (i.e. wish granting, administrative volunteer, airport volunteer, etc.). Volunteer Coordinators strive to be as flexible as possible with volunteer schedules.
Who are Wish Granters?
Wish Granters, working in teams of two or three, help in the beginning stages with the details of a child's wish. Wish Granters work directly with wish kids to decide on a wish and work creatively to find donated goods and services to help with the wish reveal ahead of the actual wish. Often times, the type of wish determines the level of the Wish Granter's involvement. Wish Granters are asked to attend a mandatory training, held in communities as needed, and work on at least three wishes per year, and if the situation requires, travel up to two hours for the wish visit.
What's volunteer 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. Training dates are coordinated as needed in each community across the chapter's territory.
Why is a criminal background check required for volunteers?
Because volunteers work closely with children, Make-A-Wish Mid-South asks all volunteers to take 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.