How do I become a volunteer?
In order to provide our wish children and their families with the best experience possible, we require all potential volunteers to go through a phone interview and background check before becoming an active Make-A-Wish Michigan volunteer.
Once your application is received, we will contact you within two weeks for a phone interview. After the phone interview is complete we will review our current volunteer openings and determine alignments with your interests. We will contact you for a background check if there is a match. Once the background check is completed and approved, we will let you know that your application has been accepted and get you signed up for a volunteer orientation and wish-granting training. You will also start to receive our weekly volunteer e-newsletter, the Volunteer Voice.
Why do I need a background check?
Due to the nature of our work, select volunteer positions must successfully complete a criminal background check every 3 years. Make-A-Wish does not employ or utilize as a volunteer any individual who has been convicted of a crime that (a) victimizes children, (b) is sexual in nature, or (c) involves violence, fraud, or significant theft. In addition, the Foundation has a policy that the volunteers convicted of DUI within the last 10 years may not serve as a volunteer for the Foundation. The Foundation does not participate in any community service hour programs. Please contact us with any questions related to past convictions and/or our background check screening process.
Who do I contact with questions?
Our team is happy to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have.
How do I submit my application?
Please complete and submit a Volunteer Application via fax, email, or mail. Electronic signatures cannot be accepted.
7600 Grand River Ave., Suite 175
Brighton, MI 48114
Fax Number: 734.994.8025
How far will I have to travel?
It is suggested that you volunteer for wish children in your home area. Make-A-Wish does not reimburse for mileage and depending on what type of wish the child chooses you may be accompanying them on their wish if it is a shopping wish or object wish.
How many wishes will I be asked to sign up for each year?
We ask that you take a minimum of two volunteer opportunities a year. (i.e. joining two wish teams, or volunteering at an event and joining a wish team). We want to make sure you are active and connected to our mission throughout the year.
Do I need a partner?
All interviews require two wish granting volunteers - there are no exceptions. You will be paired up with another wish granting volunteer if you do not have a regular partner.
Privacy and protection
Security of information is extremely important to us. All information submitted is available to and accessed by only relevant personnel. Information is never sold or shared.