How do I become a volunteer?
Visit Becoming a Volunteer to learn more and start the application process.
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
Who makes a great volunteer for your organization?
Volunteers who believe in and adhere to our values are our best fit. 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.
Can I volunteer around my schedule?
Yes! Many volunteers lead busy and active lifestyles with personal and professional commitments. Volunteer opportunities are self-selected and project-oriented. Flexibility is key as there will not be consistent, set Volunteer hours.
Wish granters schedule a time to meet with our wish families based on the family’s schedule as well as their own. Fundraising and special event volunteers can select specific days and times based on event needs.
Why do you require a criminal background check?
Because we work closely with children, Make-A-Wish Georgia requires that all volunteers submit to and pay a fee of $26.03 for a criminal background check. More information will be sent to volunteers after completion of the Volunteer Application and interview. 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 individual has been convicted of a crime that victimizes children, is sexual in nature and/or involves violence, fraud or significant theft.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
What are opportunities for my organization/workplace to get involved?
We have several opportunities for groups to support Make-A-Wish Georgia! Please contact our Director of Corporate Development, Marissa Carney to learn more.
What is a Wish Granter?
Wish granters assist with the wish process by meeting with the family, helping the child determine the wish and acting as an extension of Make-A-Wish Georgia. This volunteer role is best suited for anyone 21 and over with warm energy, a compassionate heart and the ability to give freely of their time. Volunteers must be positive, outgoing, comfortable in a variety of social situations and passionate about children and our mission. It is also important that Volunteers are adaptable and accepting of lifestyles and situations different than their own as well as the unpredictability of wish family needs.
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 wish families and planning a wish. Find upcoming wish granter training dates on our Calendar Of Events.
Do Wish Granters travel with the family/child?
No, wish granters do not travel with the family. There are 59 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 or affiliate will help facilitate the wish.