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June Volunteer of the Month: Ashley Umbanhowar

According to a 2011 Wish Impact Study, 95 percent of community volunteers reported an increased sense of compassion as well as an increased faith in humanity as the result of granting a wish.

Make-A-Wish Arizona wish granter Ashley Umbanhowar can relate to that 95 percent.  In fact, she remembers the specific moment when she decided to become a volunteer two years ago, while she was adjusting to her new role as a stay-at-home mom.

“I’ve always wanted to do something that helps children and I really felt the need to give back to my community,” said Ashley. “One day, I saw a commercial about Make-A-Wish and felt an instant connection and a calling to help.”

Since that day, Ashley has granted wishes from travel to shopping sprees to room renovations, and has truly enjoyed making each child’s wish come true.

“Being a Make-A-Wish Arizona volunteer has helped me become a stronger and a happier person and the relationships I’ve developed with these wish families mean so much to me,” she said.

Ashley, who has granted 12 wishes so far with several more in the works, says anyone who is interested in volunteering should give wish granting a try at least once.

“Granting wishes gives you a completely new perspective on life,” she said. “It just takes a few hours out of my day to help a kid who really needs the support, and it’s touching to know I’m making such a difference.”

“These kids and families melt my heart and I want to stay involved with this organization for as long as I can.”

  • Ashley's wish kid Mason, who wished to meet Buzz Lightyear.

  • Ashley with wish kid Marisa during her shopping spree.

  • Ashley and wish kid Laila, who wished to go to Walt Disney World.

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

Laila , 3

life-threatening respiratory condition

I wish to meet Elsa and Anna at Walt Disney World

"I've never seen her smile so big" - Laila meets her favorite princesses

Mason , 5


I wish to meet Buzz Lightyear at Walt Disney World

To infinity and beyond: 5-year-old Mason's wish is out of this world
Make-A-Wish® Arizona
2901 North 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 395-9474
Toll Free (800) 324-9474