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Types of Volunteers

Events Volunteer

Event volunteers roll up their sleeves to do a variety of support tasks that help raise funds, create awareness about our chapter and make dreams a reality. Event volunteers lend their time to assist with local Make-A-Wish events and local school or community outreach events.

Wish Granter

Wish Granters work in pairs to meet with our wish children and their families, and facilitate the child’s big decision of choosing his/her one true wish. They also work with staff (Wish Coordinators) in planning and executing the wishes. This specialist role varies in need by community.  A wish granter application, interview and specialized training is required.

Speaker's Bureau

Speaker’s Bureau Volunteers are volunteers who are trained to publicly speak on behalf of Make-A-Wish at various events to promote awareness of our mission, raise funds and/or recruit volunteers.

Wish Ambassador

Wish Ambassadors also speak on behalf of the chapter. They are wish kids and family members who have completed a Make-A-Wish experience and feel inspired to share their wish story with others. Wish Ambassadors work closely with our Wish Ambassador Trainers, Speaker's Bureau volunteers and staff members.

Committee or Task Team Member

Make-A-Wish offers a variety of leadership roles on committees and teams (Auction Committee, Medical Outreach Task Team, etc.) to support our fund-development and wish departments.

Skills-Based Volunteering & Professional Services

Make-A-Wish is always on the lookout for volunteer photographers and videographers as well as other professional services.  We have numerous special projects and unique event and wish needs that come up throughout the year, so if you are interested in donating your time and talent please let us know!

Volunteer Internships

Volunteer Internships are available for students or recent graduates interested in fulfilling college requirements and/or garnering hands-on job experience within a nonprofit agency. Interns are placed departmentally to focus their learning experience

For requirements, please refer to our Volunteer Internships page. 

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Staff Contact Info

Melanie Rivera
Volunteer Services Coordinator
714-573-9474 ext. 225

Did You Know?

Support from the local community is crucial to carry out our mission.

Although Make-A-Wish is well-known throughout the world, local donations and volunteer support are crucial to our chapter’s ambitious goal of granting every eligible wish in our community.

Learn How To Help

Make-A-Wish® Orange County & the Inland Empire
3230 El Camino Real
Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92602-1389
(714) 573-9474

Make-A-Wish® Orange County & the Inland Empire, Riverside Office
1650 Spruce
Suite 100
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 321-0179