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Types of Volunteers

Types of Volunteers

We match volunteers to positions based on ability, interests and availability. Consider your goals, skills and purpose when you volunteer for the opportunity that best suits you. Note: Many volunteer positions require a background check plus ongoing training.

Airport Greeter  –  Airport greeters meet and welcome wish families at the airport, assist arriving wish families with baggage and locate their rental car, or help departing wish families with check in and security. These volunteers help ease any concerns the wish family has about navigating the airport and airline travel by making them feel comfortable as they begin their wish experience. 

Office Volunteers- Spend your time helping in the office! Jobs from reception to special projects are always in needs of support at the office. 

Fundraising – Fundraising volunteers assist the development team in seeking in-kind donations and/or sponsorship proposals, collaborating to build partnerships with local companies, conducting research on local companies’ giving campaigns, organizing a frequent flier donation campaign, selling paper Make-A-Wish stars, or planning/organizing an external event for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. 

Medical Outreach – Medical outreach volunteers may represent Make-A-Wish at health fairs, community events, walks, etc. that are geared specifically to the medical community or a disease specific population.  These volunteers will be well versed on the medical eligibility requirements and will be comfortable relaying this information to potential referral sources and/or families.  Through these efforts medical outreach volunteers will aim to clarify misconceptions regarding our mission and spread awareness about our program; therefore, increasing the number of eligible referrals to Make-A-Wish. 

Special Events – Special events volunteers assist in planning, organizing, and implementing successful fundraising events by working on event committees, helping out on the event day, and/or participating in the event.

Translator/Interpreter – Translator or interpreter volunteers help facilitate wish experiences for non-English-speaking families. Translators have the option of becoming fully-trained wish granting volunteers, or they can provide short-term support on an as-needed basis.  

Wish Itinerary Volunteers – Volunteers pick up the itineraries at the office and meet with the families prior to the wish to review the details. The Make-A-Wish staff will prepare all of the documents, but the Wish Itinerary Volunteers present the details to the family and ensure the families are prepared for a great wish. 

Wish Catchers – Wish Catchers meet with the family, help the wish child determine the wish and ensure all documentation is returned to the Make-A-Wish staff so they can plan and execute every wish kid's one, true, heart-felt wish.   Wish Catchers must be a minimum of 18 years old and pass a background check. Attendance at an in-depth training session is required.

Wish Family Ambassadors- Wish Family Ambassadors connect with the wish kid while they are waiting for their wish to be granted.  These volunteers are asked to make time once month to send a note or a small gift to the wish kid and their siblings.  These small acts of kindness keep our wish families connected to Make-A-Wish and make their waiting time more fun. Wish Family Ambassadors must be a minimum of 18 years old and pass a background check. Attendance at an in-depth training session is required.   

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