Volunteer opportunities, including frequency of opportunities, vary across the state. Below are some of the more common opportunities that we offer. All new volunteers are encouraged to attend a one-hour volunteer orientation, which provide an overview of Make-A-Wish Michigan. The trainings take place from 9-10 a.m. Wish-granting training will follow for those interested in attending from 10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application, phone interview and background check prior to attending an orientation or wish granting training. For more information on how you can get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A wish-granting team is two trained volunteers who meet with our wish kids and their families to help capture the child's wish and enhance the wish throughout the process. You are also asked to help coordinate shopping adventures, and either a sendoff, wish reveal or welcome home party. Wish Granting volunteers must be 21 years of age, attend a wish-granting training, and be able to commit to at least one year of volunteering.
Special Events Volunteers
Make-A-Wish Michigan hosts five major fundraising events each year. Our special events volunteers are able to participate in these events and help us make the magic happen by staffing our registration tables, handing out T-shirts, cheering on participants or welcoming attendees. Opportunities may also include speaking engagements, check pick-ups, representing Make-A-Wish at various activities hosted by community groups or businesses and distributing flyers or posters to promote an upcoming event. Our signature events include:
Walk For Wishes - Southeast Michigan
Walk For Wishes - West Michigan
Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour
Wish Ball - Southeast Michigan
Wish Ball - West Michigan
Make-A-Wish Michigan has two offices located in Brighton and Grand Rapids. This may include jobs such as helping with mailings, filing, answering phones, taking donations, data entry and other functions. This opportunity is only available during business hours Monday - Friday.