Julie VanHorn of Rockford became a volunteer with Make-A-Wish® Michigan after attending an event that featured a video of a wish kid, who wished to be a firefighter. With her husband being a firefighter, the experience brought her to tears and inspired her to contact Make-A-Wish Michigan about supporting the organization.
“I knew I wanted to be a part of something so amazing that makes a difference in the lives of families,” Julie said.
In her first year and a half as a volunteer, Julie has interviewed six wish kids in the west Michigan region along with volunteering at events in the area, including The Fault in Our Stars premiere, Wish Ball and the upcoming Walk For Wishes event at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids on Sept. 12.
“Julie is always the first to sign up for any event that happens on the west side of the state,” Make-A-Wish Michigan Volunteer Coordinator Megan Hengesbaugh said. “She is one of those people who makes the world shine with her bright smile and boundless energy.”
Julie, who works in customer service and purchasing, enjoys partnering with different wish granters, as she enjoys getting to know other people who share the same passion for the organization in addition to picking up new ideas for the wish-granting process.
“I love what Make-A-Wish stands for,” said Julie. “I love how the organization and community come together to make a positive impact on families when they are going through situations I can’t even imagine as a family. I’ve always felt like a part of the team and appreciated.”