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Volunteering FAQs

Learn more about our volunteer program

What are you looking for in a volunteer?

While we always accept new volunteers from all parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we currently have a significant need for people who meet any of the following criteria: speak both fluent Spanish and English; have daytime availability; have contacts and procurement skills to help us solicit for auction and raffle items for events; live in southeastern or western Massachusetts or in the state of Rhode Island.

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).  Volunteer opportunities tend to be project-oriented.  It is necessary that you have a flexible enough schedule to accommodate your specific assignment/project.
What do volunteers do?

There are five main areas of volunteerism: Fundraising, Events, Wish, Public Relations, and Administration. 
What is a Wish-Granting Volunteer?

Wish Volunteers work in teams of two to facilitate the details of granting a child's 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 volunteer involvement.  Wish Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.
How do I become a volunteer?

1) Tell us about yourself! Click here.
2) Attend a training session. Click here to view Summer 2020 online training dates and to register for a training.
3) Submit a background check.
4) Meet our staff and get started!  
Why do you need to know my background?

Since we work closely with children, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island conducts a thorough background check on all volunteer applicants. Make-A-Wish shall not employ or utilize as a volunteer any individual who has been convicted of a crime that (a) victimizes children, (b) is sexual in nature, or (c) involves violence, fraud, or significant theft.All information received from these reports will remain confidential and be used only for screening and placement purposes. 

I have a question not addressed here.  Who can I contact?

If you have additional questions, please contact Krista Bishop, Director of the Volunteer Program, at 617.367.9474 or

Volunteer to help grant wishes of children like John who wished to go fishing in Hawaii!

Volunteer to help grant wishes of children like John who wished to go fishing in Hawaii!

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