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General

Why do you require a criminal background check?

Because we work closely with children, Make-A-Wish Georgia asks all volunteers to submit to a criminal background check. All information received from these reports will remain confidential and be used only for screening and placement purposes. 

Make-A-Wish Georgia policy prohibits our chapter from using the services of a volunteer if the volunteer has been convicted of a crime that victimizes children, is sexual in nature and/or involves violence, fraud or significant theft.

If you have ever been convicted of a crime against a child, a sexual crime or a violent crime or fraud, we cannot place you as a volunteer with our organization. If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact Priscilla Rodriguez at cebqevthrm@trbetvn.jvfu.bet or 770-916-9474 x114.

What are opportunities for my organization/workplace to get involved?

We have several opportunities for groups to support Make-A-Wish Georgia! Please contact either of our Directors of Corporate Development, Marissa Carney or Swetha Gupta, to learn more.

Volunteering

What are some of your greatest volunteer needs?

Currently, we have a vital need for volunteers who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Speak both Spanish and English
  • Have daytime availability
  • Live in the Dalton, Augusta, Savannah, Albany or Athens areas

How do I become a volunteer?

To begin the volunteer process you must fill out an online volunteer application, complete background check and attend an orientation. Visit Join Our Team for more details.

Can I volunteer around my work schedule?

Yes, many of our volunteers are working professionals. We ask for a time commitment of at least 30 hours/year in order to ensure volunteers are properly trained and can make timely progress in granting children's wishes. We strive to be as flexible as possible with our volunteers' time and we ask the same in return.

What can I do as a volunteer?

The main areas of volunteerism are wish granting and special events. Visit What Does A Volunteer Do for more information.

Can anyone be a volunteer?

Special events volunteers must be at least 18 years old and wish granting volunteers must be at least 21 years old. Volunteers must be positive, outgoing, and passionate about children and our mission. It is important that volunteers are comfortable in a variety of social situations and work well with others.

I'm not 18 years old. Can I still volunteer for Make-A-Wish Georgia?

Although all official volunteers must be 18 years old, there are a number of other volunteer opportunities including hosting a toy drive or organizing a fundraiser at school through our Kids For Wish Kids program.

Why are wishes handled by wish teams rather than individuals?

A two person team provides emotional support and helps to balance the workload. Working in teams also helps to protect volunteers from potential accusations of impropriety.

Who makes a great volunteer for your organization?

Volunteers who believe in and adhere to our values fit Make-A-Wish Georgia best. Our values are: Integrity, Child Focus, Excellence, Community and Inspiration.

  • Integrity: We approach every aspect of our work with unwavering standards of honesty, transparency and respect for wish recipients, their families and supporters.
  • Child Focus: Our business practices always put the interests of wish children first.
  • Excellence: We aspire to have best-in-class business practices, and we embrace the challenge to exceed expectations at every opportunity.
  • Community: We foster a collaborative, global community of staff, volunteers and donors with the collective ability to make the broadest possible range of wishes come true.
  • Inspiration: We are inspired by the examples of our wish kids and the actions of the entire Make-A-Wish Georgia community to approach our mission with life-affirming enthusiasm, imagination and creativity. As a result, we fill each wish experience and every interaction with hope, strength and joy.

What kind of schedule must I have to be able to volunteer?

It is unlikely that you will have a regular volunteer time (i.e. every Tuesday at a certain time). The positions at Make-A-Wish Georgia tend to be very project-oriented and it is necessary that you have a flexible enough schedule to accommodate this commitment.

Wish Granting

What is a Wish Granter?

Wish Granters, working in teams of two, attend to the details of granting a wish. They work directly with children to ascertain and plan wishes, and work creatively to seek in-kind goods and services to implement the wish. The nature of each child's wish determines the level of the wish granter's involvement. 

Wish Granters are asked to work on at least three wishes per year, drive up to 20 miles for the wish and attend a mandatory training. We estimate that each wish takes a total of about 10 hours of work.

Do Wish Granters travel with the family/child?

No, there are 61 other Make-A-Wish chapters around the country and many international affiliates. When we send a wish family to another state or country, that chapter will help facilitate the wish.

How often and where do you hold Wish Granter trainings?

Wish Granter trainings are a combination of online and in-person trainings that are held on an as needed basis as determined by the need in each community and area. 

What is Wish Granter training?

Wish Granter trainings are specialized trainings that consist of an overview of Make-A-Wish Georgia, the Wish Granting Process, meeting with the families and planning a wish. This is a specialized volunteer opportunity.

Make-A-Wish® Georgia
1775 The Exchange SE
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 916-9474