The Make-A-Wish foundation, which began in 1980, is an organization that raises money and grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening disorders. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina will be holding a volunteer interest meeting in order to recruit volunteers in the York County area.
“We encourage people to join us for the meeting because we have so many wonderful children all throughout the area who are waiting on their wishes to be granted, and we need volunteers to make that happen. Even if some are only interested in fundraising, wish granting, being a speaker or volunteering their special skills or services, we need help in every area,” Heather Pierce, communications coordinator of the SC Make-A-Wish foundation branch, explained. There are different volunteer positions; some include special event volunteers, the speaker’s bureau, kids for wish kids, wish consultants and office volunteers. Wish granting volunteers spend the most time with the children whose wishes are being granted. Volunteers can also take part in fundraising and special events to raise money in order to grant wishes. Volunteers have the opportunity to witness the completion of the wish granting process, through the tough part to the happy ending.
After all the hard work, volunteers benefit by knowing their hard work went to help others. “I think it’s when those volunteers get to stand back, see that child’s wish being granted and the joy on their face, that they understand what all their hard work is for and what it’s really all about, granting wishes,” Pierce said.
“Our volunteers benefit from knowing that they are making a difference in a child’s life, and not just any child, one in their very own community.” Last year, fourteen wishes were granted in the Piedmont region. This year, three wishes have been granted, and 11 are still pending.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the Fort Mill Public Library in Baxter Village. People attending the meeting will learn how they can get involved, meet current staff and volunteers, and ask questions. According to Pierce, “Volunteers are the backbone of this organization and we couldn’t do it without them.” So if you are 18 or older and want to help make kids’ wishes come true, RSVP by November 12 by calling (843) 853-7880 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.