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Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Make-A-Wish Western New York. Unfortunately, our chapter is not accepting volunteer applications at this time. Please be sure to check back for volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact Stephanie Kowalski at 716-810-9474 ext. 4537 or

Volunteer Roles

Wish-Granting Volunteer

If you love making children smile, this is the role for you! We need wish-granting volunteers to meet with wish kids to determine their one true wish. Wish granters are assigned in teams of two to meet the children and their families. We have a long list of children waiting and we need more volunteers.

Speakers Volunteer

If you love meeting new people and public speaking, this is the volunteer role for you! You can help make wishes come true by introducing the public to Make-A-Wish and the work that we do. Whether it’s a ten minute talk to a local club, a check presentation to a group of school children, or manning a table at a workplace-giving fair; you can be the face and voice of Make-A-Wish.

Special Events Volunteer

Special events volunteers support signature Make-A-Wish fundraising events including annual galas, Walk For Wishes, Radiothon, golf tournaments, etc. Volunteering at a special event provides an inside look into the fundraising side of the foundation. Volunteers typically need evening or weekend availability for this role.

Medical Outreach Volunteer

If you enjoy teaching and are familiar with medical terminology, then the medical outreach volunteer role might be right for you! Medical outreach volunteers explain medical eligibility requirements, increase referrals, and educate on the misconceptions of Make-A-Wish to the medical community.

Office Volunteer

Periodically, we are in need of volunteers who are able to assist with office duties, administrative tasks and special projects in our office.


Translators will assist in communicating with our wish families who speak a language other than English.

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Rochester, NY 14618
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