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7 reasons to become a volunteer

7 reasons to become a volunteer
Volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona could be the perfect option for you, but don’t take it from us! Hear what some of our amazing volunteers have to say about being a Wish Granter.

7. “You bring joy to families in difficult circumstances.”

A wish not only impacts a child, but also the family. For many kids and families who are facing difficult medical procedures, treatments and/or hospital stays, a wish gives the wish child motivation to keep fighting while providing the entire family an opportunity to look forward to something positive.

6. “It feels good to be a part of something bigger and meaningful.”

Volunteers share that granting wishes renews their faith in humanity, giving them an increased sense of compassion and a desire to help others in their community. Yet, you don’t have to be directly involved with a wish to help wish kids. We offer opportunities with shorter time commitments such as airport greeters, office volunteers, and event volunteers. Right now, our biggest need is for bilingual volunteers who can assist us as translators/interpreters.

5. “This is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”

Wishes not only transform a child’s life, but the lives of volunteers, too. Volunteers get to know the wish kid and wish families personally, providing a real sense of purpose for their work. In addition, volunteer wish granters work in teams of two or three alongside Make-A-Wish Arizona staff to ensure every eligible child’s wish comes true, building lasting friendships with one another and with wish families.

4. “It made me see things from a new perspective.”

Volunteering with Make-A-Wish Arizona allows you to meet and work with a variety of kids and families from different backgrounds and life-experiences. Many volunteers believe their experience has given them gratitude for things in life they previously took for granted and the opportunity for them to grow both personally and professionally.

3. “It gave me a chance to create once-in-a-lifetime memories.”

Every wish experience is driven by a wish kid’s imagination, creativity and personality, so no two wishes are exactly the same. A wish extends far beyond a single event, or moment in time. Wish granters have the opportunity to think outside the box and make a child’s wish as special as possible to create a wish that can change the lives of everyone involved forever.

2. “I know in my heart that wishes really do change lives.”

A wish come true has proven to be a positive turning point in the child’s battle against their condition or illness. Volunteers get to observe that impact one-on-one, and to be a part of a child’s journey toward a stronger and more energetic life.

But the number one reason most volunteers shared when asked why they continue to grant wishes year after year:

1. “The smiles and joy on a child’s face.”

Volunteers agree that the best part of granting wishes is seeing a child transform through the wish process. Of course, watching the child’s face when the magic “your wish is being granted” phrase is shared is something almost every volunteer quotes as being their “favorite part” of the wish granting process.

Are you interested in joining a caring community of volunteers who work together to create life-changing wishes for Arizona children battling critical illnesses? Learn more at!

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With many of our wishes postponed, we want you to help keep our wish kids’ spirits high! Write, video or photograph yourself sharing a message of hope and post to any of our Make-A-Wish Arizona social media channels at @makeawishaz (tag @makeawisharizona on Instagram) and use the hashtag #WishesAreWaiting.

You can help bring hope to a child who needs it!

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About this Blog

Make-A-Wish Arizona is the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish, the international wish granting organization. Our chapter grants incredible wishes every day for Arizona children with critical illnesses. We want to share the stories of our wishes -- and the inspiration, creativity, imagination and life-affirming enthusiasm that they bring -- with you.

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