What ways are you involved as a volunteer?
I am a wish granter. I also help locally to raise money for Make A Wish.
How did you first find Make-A-Wish?
I helped local groups raise money. They were working with wish children and I was excited to get more involved. I wanted to help make wishes come true!
How long have you been volunteering with Make-A-Wish MN?
Over 10 years and I still love it!
What has been the most rewarding experience of volunteering with Make-A-Wish?
The most rewarding thing would be seeing the smiles on the children's faces. Also hearing about and seeing pictures of their wish. The satisfaction of helping make their wishes come true can’t be matched. I’ve loved staying in touch with some of the families and seeing these kids grow up and graduate.
What advice would you give to new volunteers?
Take time to let the families talk of their situation (it's therapy for them). Don't be in a hurry with them ever. Listen closely to what is said (the little things give great enhancement ideas). Don't be ashamed to laugh, cry, or smile with them.
What story would you share to inspire others to become a volunteer with Make-A-Wish?
I have had families that don't think they are worthy of a wish. They feel other families are more deserving. I remind them all children going through what their child is deserves something to look forward to and needs a wish no matter how small that wish is. The reward of their happiness is all I need to know I helped make their day. Their smiles, pictures and telling me about their trip/wish is worth all the time in the world.