Make-A-Wish Foundation: Be A Wish Granter

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an amazing company that grants wishes to children with cancer, & they have volunteers help the children & families decide on, & ultimately grant, their wishes.

It’s been so long since I started my bucket list that I don’t remember just how I came up with the thought of wanting to grant a Make-A-Wish, but it’s been on my list for some time. And, last year, I was given the amazing opportunity to grant one.

Now, I’m going to be really honest, the Make-A-Wish program is not at all what I thought it was. For years, I put off going after this goal because I thought the program would take up so much of my time. Finally, when I became an independent contractor, I thought – why not? I make my own schedule. But, really, the program can work with just about any schedule. Here’s how it works:

1. Get Set Up To Be A Wish Granter
Visit Wish.org to learn how you can volunteer!

2. Become ‘Wish Granter Certified’
Meet with your local Make-A-Wish leader & learn the ways of being a Wish Granter.

3. Wait For Your Wish
You now wait to be contacted by Make-A-Wish about a child that needs you. They will ask if you are available during a certain time frame & you can say yes or no. Depending on your location, you may have many wish opportunities each year or just a few.

4. Get Partnered Up
For your first few wishes, Make-A-Wish will have you buddied up with someone in your area to learn the ropes of granting a wish. This was honestly the most difficult part for me, & I’m still hoping to find a partner that I feel as though I can rely on. Of course, after your first three wishes, you can get set up to work with someone you know or someone you’ve liked working with before.

5. Reach Out
You’ll learn the Make-A-Wish process quickly & be ready to reach out to your family in need. And, once the wish is decided by each child, you get to be the one that is there to notify the child & family when the wish is being granted. – And what a beautiful thing that is!

If you have questions about joining the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or if you would like to know of any ways to help, check out wish.org.

Amy

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