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Volunteer Time and Talents

You can help make the wishes of children in our community come true when you become a Make-A-Wish® volunteer. Our mission is possible only with the dedication of our volunteers.

Volunteering is a great way to help. We invite you to share the power of a wish® whether you give a few hours each month or a few days each year.

More than 300 volunteers throughout our chapter support our mission, work in wish granting, special events, community relations, corporate fund raising, public speaking and other critical areas. Volunteers work in local communities by impacting the lives of individual Northeastern California and Northern Nevada children. Experienced volunteers and professional staff provide training and support for new volunteers.

"Seeing the hope and wonder in the kids’ eyes. No matter the situation, to see the children and their families dream of one perfect wish, something to bring a little happiness into a tough situation, is what makes every visit so special." - Volunteer Kory Ley, Stanislaus

"The motivation for becoming a volunteer for MAW was the generosity of a nonprofit organization that gave my family the best Christmas while my husband was fighting cancer. Their generosity during the most difficult time of our lives made a huge impact on me. My husband lost his battle to cancer, however because of my experience of bringing joy to my family in a very difficult time of our lives, I knew in my soul that I needed to give back to others in the same situation. Volunteering for MAW has allowed me this opportunity and I am forever grateful." - Volunteer Regina Johnson, Northern Nevada

"I began volunteering with Make-A-Wish in 2014. I've always enjoyed giving back to the community. What motivated me the most to volunteer with Make A Wish was the idea of helping children. Though other organizations need our help as well, kids are so young and haven't had the chance to make something of themselves. It is our duty to protect and care for them, and in doing so, these kids learn to progress and conquer their conditions. While we pay it forward to a younger generation, they come out the other side stronger, motivated, and selfless for the generation after." - Volunteer Ben Cox, Sacramento

To volunteer for Make-A-Wish, please contact:

Attend an Upcoming Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Roles Include:

Volunteer Roles

Wish Granter
Wish Granters work in teams of two as a liaison between a wish family and Make-A-Wish. They help determine a child’s wish and play an instrumental role in helping to turn the wish into reality. You must be at least 21 years old, complete Wish Granter training, and be able to make tw0 or more visits to the family during the course of the wish process.

Special Events Volunteer
As a Special Events Volunteer, you will represent Make-A-Wish at fundraising events. Day-of-event activities range from live and silent auction support, raffle sales, photography and registration.

Community Ambassador
Increase awareness of the local Make-A-Wish impact by joining our Community Ambassadors and representing Make-A-Wish at a variety of outreach venues such as schools, fairs, chamber of commerce events, employer charity fairs and many others. Prior Make-A-Wish volunteer experience required.

Airport Greeter
Meet and welcome wish families at the airport, assist with baggage and rental car arrangements upon arrival, and make them feel comfortable as they begin their magical wish experience.

Office Volunteer
Periodically, we need Office Volunteers to assist of staff with administrative projects. Depending on current need, you may volunteer for a few hours one day or work with one specific employee over a period of time.

Make-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada
2800 Club Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 437-0206

Make-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada, No. Nevada Office
1 E. Liberty Street
Suite 600
Reno, NV 89501
(775) 826-8008

Make-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada, Central California Office
351 W. Cromwell Ave.
Suite 112-A
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 221-9474