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February Volunteer of the Month: Rana Ali

With juggling her double major at Arizona State University, helping out as a teacher’s assistant and volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Rana Ali definitely has a busy schedule. But amidst it all, Rana has jumped in as a volunteer wish granting assistant – so much so that she is being honored as Volunteer of the Month for February.

“I love volunteering and I love kids, so I will always find the time to help to grant wishes with Make-A-Wish Arizona,” said Rana. “There are children with disabilities in my family, so I value what we are able to do for these kids, and the impact granting wishes it has had on me as well.”

With how much Rana cares about making wishes come true, you may be surprised to learn she has only been a volunteer for a few months.

“I became involved this past fall when my friend Daisy was an intern at Make-A-Wish Arizona,” she said. “She was always telling me about the amazing things the organization does and I just couldn’t wait to be a part of it.”

Rana Ali is the February 2017 Volunteer of the Month.

When Rana went to her volunteer training, she immediately fell in love. She has already granted one wish and has signed on to grant four more wishes.

“My favorite part is seeing the kids smile,” she said. “At other organizations, the only involvement you may have is making a donation. But being a Make-A-Wish Arizona volunteer wish granter is so hands-on — you build relationships with your families.”

“One day, I hope to work in pediatric research, so the opportunity to work with wish kids has been so heartwarming,” she continued. “You can see how each child is affected by their wish experience.”

It’s clear that Rana aspires to make the world a better place. While the required age to become a wish granter is 21, Rana, who is 19 years old, is not deterred. As a wish granting assistant, she is able to still participate in all of the fun of crafting an incredible wish experience.  

“At first, I thought I wouldn’t be selected because I’m too young, but everyone at Make-A-Wish has been so welcoming,” she said. “If you are interested in getting involved, don’t let age hold you back. There will always be someone who needs your help and anything you are able to give makes a huge difference.”

Rana Ali is the February 2017 Volunteer of the Month.

My one true wish: I wish that all kids’ wishes could come true.

Become a Volunteer!

For more information on how to get involved with Make-A-Wish® Arizona, please contact:

Sawyer Kilen

Volunteer Manager (statewide)

Direct: 602.343.9453
Toll-Free: 1.800.324.9474
Fax: 602.395.0722

Volunteer Opportunities

Sarah , 18


I wish to explore Italy on a Vespa

Inspired by a childhood movie, Sarah, 18, wishes to tour Italy on a Vespa
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