Frequently Asked Questions
What roles do volunteers fill and how is placement determined?
Make–A–Wish San Diego depends on the help of volunteers in every aspect of our work. Our Wish Granting Volunteers work directly with children and families to fulfill wishes. Wish Greeters greet and assist out–of–town families whose child’s wish brings them to the popular San Diego area. Volunteers also support our mission through helping with fundraising committees, special events and other fundraising coordination, in addition to administrative assistance to our office staff.
What is the time commitment expected of volunteers?
Volunteer commitments vary, depending on the position you accept. As a Make–A–Wish Volunteer, you are given the important task of making a child’s wish come true. It is important work; and we expect a high level of commitment and professionalism from all our volunteers. In return, the Make–A–Wish Foundation makes a commitment to you: We promise to provide quality training and the support and resources needed to do the work entrusted to you.
Are volunteers directly involved with the children and families?
Wish Granting Volunteers have the highest level of involvement with children and their families. They coordinate all the details of a child’s wish, in conjunction with Make–A–Wish staff members. As a new wish granter, you will receive training and be mentored by an experienced volunteer to ensure that you are knowledgeable and comfortable in meeting and talking with the children and their families. With few exceptions, volunteers are required to have one year of experience as a Make–A–Wish volunteer before they are eligible to become wish granters.