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Wish Granter Volunteer

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Make-A-Wish® Illinois

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Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. From our humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, we have evolved to be one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories.

WISH GRANTER POSITION SUMMARY

A wish granter helps a child heal by building resiliency through positive, joyful experiences centered around the wish journey. Wish granters build relationships with the child and their family to enable the child to discover their one true wish. Wish granters are responsible for building the wish child’s anticipation over the course of the wish journey. They act as a reliable, communicative, and productive member of the "wish team" by working closely with Make-A-Wish staff and other volunteers to create the best possible wish experience for the child.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Visit the wish child and family at least three times over the course of the wish with the goal of discovering his/her one true wish. Visits may be either in person or remote.
  • Meet with the child and family after the completion of the wish.
  • Create a magical wish experience for the wish child by planning and delivering monthly "wish boosts" (special and creative touches that keep the child excited about the wish throughout the process.
  • Solicit in-kind donations where appropriate, ensuring Make-A-Wish resources are used wisely.
  • Assist with obtaining necessary paperwork from the wish family.
  • Adhere to all Make-A-Wish policies and procedures.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Passion for children and comfort interacting with children ages 2 ½ to 18 who have critical illnesses.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and foster relationships.
  • Ability to work with a partner in granting a wish and to collaborate with others in the wish process.
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to follow through on commitment to wish child and navigate change that may occur through the wish
  • Experience working with children a plus.
  • Bilingual abilities in written and spoken form a plus.
LOCATION

Meetings may take place at the wish family’s home, virtually or at a neutral location, such as a restaurant or hospital. Wish meetings are scheduled based upon the schedules of the wish team and wish family. Wish granters are expected to meet with families at least three times over the course of the wish.

VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT DETAILS

  • The average wish requires between 10-15 hours of volunteer work over a span of about 6-9 months. Each wish can vary greatly in the time it takes to grant depending on the requested wish and wish family circumstances. We ask that our volunteers commit to a minimum of 2-3 wishes each year
  • Completion of Volunteer Application and Background Check
  • Annual completion of a Conflict of Interest and Ethics form
  • Completion of Wish Granter Training, which consists of a pre-training assignment and a 2-hour virtual training.
  • Participate in continuing education courses, as offered.
JOIN OUR TEAM OF INSPIRING PEOPLE TRANSFORMING LIVES

We are more than a great place to volunteer - our work is life changing. We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who, through a mosaic of backgrounds, thoughts and experiences are united in purposeful work. We are fueled and guided by our values - values that are represented in the inspired people we work with and the transformational work we do every day.

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About Make-A-Wish® Illinois

Location:

640 N LaSalle Street, Suite 280, Chicago, IL 60654, US

Mission Statement

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Description

About Make-A-Wish Illinois

Make-A-Wish Illinois, was founded in 1985 and we serve all 102 counties of Illinois. We have 50 staff members and over 1700 volunteers who make up our team that has worked to grant over 16,000 wishes.

Wishes impact everyone involved-wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy. This impact is why we are driven to make every one of these wishes come true.

We are more than a great place to volunteer - our work is life changing. We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who, through a mosaic of backgrounds, thoughts and experiences are united in purposeful work. We are fueled and guided by our values - values that are represented in the inspired people we work with and the transformational work we do every day.

Children & Youth
Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Community Outreach
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • The average wish requires between 10-15 hours of volunteer work over a span of about 6-9 months. Each wish can vary greatly in the time it takes to grant depending on the requested wish and wish family circumstances. We ask that our volunteers commit
  • Completion of Volunteer Application and Background Check Annual completion of a Conflict of Interest and Ethics form Completion of Wish Granter Training, which consists of a pre-training assignment and a 2-hour virtual training.

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