Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


About

Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida is looking to bring on caring and committed bilingualwish granting volunteers. Wish granters meet with each wish child to help determine his/her most heartfelt wish while working with staff to plan special enhancements throughout the process.

Our chapter covers 54 counties in Florida and spans from Pensacola, through Jacksonville, and down to Sarasota. Volunteers must reside in Florida and live within our 54 county-chapter.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Visit the wish child, with the goal of discerning his/her one true wish, while gaining an understanding of the reason behind the child’s most heartfelt wish.
  • Complete and submit wish paperwork in a timely manner according to chapter guidelines.
  • Create a magical wish experience for the wish child by planning and delivering "wish enhancements" - special, creative touches that keep the child excited about the wish throughout the process.
  • Solicit in-kind donations, ensuring Make-A-Wish resources are used wisely.
  • Plan "send off" party or "presentation" party for each wish, as appropriate.
  • Develop a positive rapport with the wish child and family by serving as a liaison between chapter staff and the wish family, ensuring the family is updated on the status of the wish throughout the wish process.
  • Act as a reliable, communicative, and productive member of the "wish team" by working closely with a volunteer partner and Make-A-Wish staff to create the best possible wish experience for the child.
    • Other duties may be assigned as deemed appropriate.


Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be bilingual and must be at least 21 years old.
  • Passion for children and comfort interacting with children ages 2 ½ to 18.
  • Creative thinker with desire to make each wish unique and magical.
  • Excellent people skills with the ability to work with people from different backgrounds and children with life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Resourceful with a willingness to solicit in-kind donations.
  • Flexible schedule and willingness to drive up to one hour to visit with wish child and family.

Location:

Meetings may take place at the wish family’s home or at a neutral location, such as a restaurant or hospital. Typically, wish meetings are scheduled for weekday evenings or weekends based upon the schedules of the wish team and wish family. Departure parties may be planned for the wish family’s home or a nearby venue/restaurant.

Volunteer Commitment:

  • The average wish requires between 10-15 hours of volunteer work over a span of about 10 months. Each wish can vary greatly in the time it takes to grant depending on the requested wish and wish family circumstances.
  • Agree to work on a minimum of two wishes per year.
  • Complete official Make-A-Wish Wish Granter training.
  • Attend continuing education courses, as offered by Make-A-Wish chapter staff.
  • Ensure all photos and communications from the wish family before, during and after the wish are passed along to the office.

All candidates must participate in a phone interview, background check, and training session. For consideration, please contact Arlene Vieira at avieira@wishcentral.org or 407-622-4673 ext 223. Additional information may be found on our website at www.cnfl.wish.org.

Skills

  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Bilingual
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
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