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Wish Granter (Bakersfield) - Share the Power of a Wish!

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Wish Granter (Bakersfield) - Share the Power of a Wish!

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Wish Granters work in pairs to meet with our wish children and their families, and may assist the wish child with their brainstorming to facilitate the big decision of choosing his/her one true wish. They also work with staff (Wish Coordinators) in planning and executing the wishes.

Help us make wishes come true for children and their families!

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Wish Granters work in pairs to meet with our wish children and their families, and may assist the wish child with their brainstorming to facilitate the big…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per month
  • Recurrence
    Recurring

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Bakersfield, CA
Associated Location

Kern County

Bakersfield, CA, USA

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Instructions:

Wish Granter (Volunteer Position)

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. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants more than 15 wishes each day throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Position Summary

A wish granter will meet with the wish child and family members to help identify the child’s wish ideas while brainstorming and planning special enhancements throughout the wish process. Wish granters work in teams of two alongside Make-A-Wish staff to ensure every eligible child’s wish comes true.  

Duties and Responsibilities

• Partner with at least one other volunteer wish granter to help grant the wishes of children throughout the chapter’s territory.  

• Visit the wish child, with the goal of discerning their wish ideas, while gaining a clear understanding of the reason behind each wish idea.

• Complete and submit wish paperwork in a timely manner according to chapter guidelines.  

• Plan and deliver “wish boosts” - 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.


Desired Qualifications

• Passion for children and high comfort level with interacting with children ages 2 ½ to 18.

• Creative thinker with drive to make each wish unique and magical.

• Excellent people skills with the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, especially children with critical illnesses.

• Highly organized and detail-oriented.  

• Strong verbal and written communication skills.  

• Ability to maintain confidentiality.

• Resourceful and self-motivated 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. 

• Bilingual abilities in written and spoken form a plus.


Location of Opportunity

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 six to nine 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.  

• Ensure all photos and communications from the wish family before, during and after the wish are passed along to the office.

• Complete criminal background check every 3 years and Conflict of Interest & Ethics Assurance Statement annually.

• Complete official Make-A-Wish Wish Granter training.

• Attend continuing education courses, as offered by Make-A-Wish chapter staff. 

• Provide and receive ongoing performance evaluation feedback from chapter staff.

Join Our Team of Inspired 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. 

For immediate consideration, please contact Stacie Grimes, Sr. Volunteer Manager at sgrimes@necannv.wish.org or 916.692.3929

We respect and ensure equal opportunity, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, perceived disability and other legally protected characteristics.

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