Volunteer Erin Osgood knows quite a bit about working with kids. Before becoming a mom, the Brighton resident earned a master's degree and started a career in social work.
"I had learned of (Make-A-Wish Michigan) a long time ago and the organization just stuck with me," said Osgood, who was recently awarded Make-A-Wish Michigan's Volunteer of the Year award. "Nothing could be better than helping a kid get his or her wish."
For more than three years, Osgood has volunteered in Brighton once a week, pitched in at the Walk for Wishes in Detroit, helped with the Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour in July, answered phones and questions and served as a wish granting volunteer. She volunteered with four families in 2012 and often pairs up with new wish granting volunteers.
Her favorite aspect is the initial confirmation of a child's wish being granted. "Just getting that email that the wish was approved and the detail of when they leave or it happens is exciting," said Osgood.
Her enthusiasm for Make-A-Wish Michigan shines through her smile as she talks of the wishes she's helped grant.
"People have the misconception that we work with terminally ill kids," said Osgood. "The whole focus is to help kids with their wishes. It's not sad, it's amazing."
Osgood and her husband Jon have two kids, Page, 12, and Cole, 9.