Make-A-Wish Metro New York & Western New York

1855 Monroe Avenue, Suite 4
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone: 585-272-9474 x314 (volunteer
Contact: Volunteers: Lisa Johnson; Donations: Mary Jones
Fax: 585-272-9463

Email: ljohnson@wny.wish.org , mjones@wny.wish.org
Website: www.wny.wish.org

Grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Wish List

  • activity books, coloring books
  • crayons
  • cameras, memory cards
  • gift cards: Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon
  • luggage: backpacks, duffel bags
  • stickers, scrapbook materials

Volunteers Needed

  • Wish Granting Volunteers: Work in pairs with each child to determine his or her heartfelt wish and complete the granting of the wish with our staff.  Following the initial interview with a wish child, volunteers maintain communication with the family and staff regarding the status of the wish.  This builds excitement and anticipation for the wish experience until the day the wish comes true! Wish granters interview the wish child at home or in the hospital, work collaboratively, and have excellent communications skills.  This role does not require a specific number of volunteer hours per week but requires each volunteer to see the experience through from start to finish.  Interviews with wish children are scheduled at the convenience of the wish families and volunteers.  The length of the wish process varies based upon the nature and complexity of the wish.
  • Special Events: support signature fundraising events such as annual galas, Walk for Wishes, Radio-thon, golf tournaments, etc. Typically need evening or weekend availability.
  • Speakers Bureau: make speeches or small presentations at local schools, corporate events, civic and professional organization, galas, etc. Usually need daytime or weekend availability.
  • Medical Outreach: represent Make-A-Wish at health fairs, community events, walks, etc. Learn medical eligibility requirements for referrals of potential wish children, and educate the public about Make-A-Wish. Usually need daytime or weekend availability.
  • Office: assist staff as needed. Daytime availability is required as the office is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Answer phones, work on computer, and work independently.
  • Volunteer Recruiter: executes engagement and recruitment campaigns and conducting community outreach efforts at career fairs, professional/civic events, conferences and volunteer fairs.

    Roles listed above require a minimum age of 18.

    Teen Volunteer Opportunities:
  • The Kids for Wish Kids program allows students K-12 to get involved in the mission.  Kids and teens are responsible for brainstorming fundraising ideas, developing a plan of action, and managing their fundraisers from start to finish.  Teachers and parents often serve as advisors, but ownership of the project belongs mainly to the kids involved.  This program is a great way for kids to be empowered and inspired as they help enrich the lives of their pe
  • Creating birthday cards, thank you cards, thinking of you cards, and holiday cards.  We send cards to our wish kids at various times throughout the wish granting process, including their birthday, holidays, and during the waiting period before their wish is granted.  We are looking for cards that cover a variety of interests such as sports, music, art, etc.; for boys and girls ages 2 1/2 to 18.

Information reviewed by agency 8/8/16. (Volunteers Needed updated.)