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Volunteer Spotlight - Jessica Cañas

Jessica Cañas
Jessica Cañas was introduced to Make-A-Wish after a close friend and Make-A-Wish employee told her about the need for bilingual and bicultural volunteers. Jessica, a 35-year-old college pipeline specialist at a Little Village community organization called Enlace Chicago, worked hard to find volunteers that fit the criteria within the community, until one day she had an epiphany: “Why don’t I just do it?”

Jun 12, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Jessica Cañas

Jessica Cañas
Jessica Cañas was introduced to Make-A-Wish after a close friend and Make-A-Wish employee told her about the need for bilingual and bicultural volunteers. Jessica, a 35-year-old college pipeline specialist at a Little Village community organization called Enlace Chicago, worked hard to find volunteers that fit the criteria within the community, until one day she had an epiphany: “Why don’t I just do it?”

Jun 04, 2018

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Volunteer Spotlight - Andrea Bell

Andrea Bell
Volunteers are the fuel of Make-A-Wish. Without them, fundraising events wouldn’t happen, there would be very little hospital outreach and, most importantly, wishes wouldn’t get granted at the pace they are granted today. Every Make-A-Wish volunteer, whether they’re granting wishes or staffing a table at a local hospital to spread the word about referrals, brings their own insight and experiences to the job and to the organization.

May 07, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Andrea Bell

Andrea Bell
Volunteers are the fuel of Make-A-Wish. Without them, fundraising events wouldn’t happen, there would be very little hospital outreach and, most importantly, wishes wouldn’t get granted at the pace they are granted today. Every Make-A-Wish volunteer, whether they’re granting wishes or staffing a table at a local hospital to spread the word about referrals, brings their own insight and experiences to the job and to the organization.

Social Worker Brings Inspiration to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Angela Berger, LCSW
Being around children with critical illnesses and their families, who are often anxious and exhausted, would take a mental and emotional toll on anyone. It would be easy for someone to get caught up in negative feelings if they work at a children’s hospital.

For Angela Berger, a licensed clinical social worker at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the best way to combat these emotions is to refer a child to Make-A-Wish.

Apr 25, 2018

Social Worker Brings Inspiration to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Angela Berger, LCSW
Being around children with critical illnesses and their families, who are often anxious and exhausted, would take a mental and emotional toll on anyone. It would be easy for someone to get caught up in negative feelings if they work at a children’s hospital.

For Angela Berger, a licensed clinical social worker at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the best way to combat these emotions is to refer a child to Make-A-Wish.

Congratulations to These Milestone Volunteers

Volunteers are critical to bringing the mission of Make-A-Wish to life across Illinois. This National Volunteer Week, we thank all of our nearly 1,700 volunteers for their service as they positively impact their communities in so many ways. This week is also a great time to recognize our longest-serving volunteers, many of whom helped to shape the organization we are today.

Apr 15, 2018

Congratulations to These Milestone Volunteers

Volunteers are critical to bringing the mission of Make-A-Wish to life across Illinois. This National Volunteer Week, we thank all of our nearly 1,700 volunteers for their service as they positively impact their communities in so many ways. This week is also a great time to recognize our longest-serving volunteers, many of whom helped to shape the organization we are today.

Preserving a Legacy: Allison West, CCLS

Allison West, CCLS
When Allison West began her work at St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic as a newly-minted Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) in 2016, she knew she had “big shoes to fill.” Shelley Lee, the former CCLS at the clinic, had been there 26 years. What Allison didn’t realize right away was Shelley’s legacy of referring hundreds of children with critical illnesses to Make-A-Wish.

Mar 16, 2018

Preserving a Legacy: Allison West, CCLS

Allison West, CCLS
When Allison West began her work at St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic as a newly-minted Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) in 2016, she knew she had “big shoes to fill.” Shelley Lee, the former CCLS at the clinic, had been there 26 years. What Allison didn’t realize right away was Shelley’s legacy of referring hundreds of children with critical illnesses to Make-A-Wish.

Volunteer Spotlight: Joanne Walker

Joanne Walker Volunteer Spotlight
Joanne Walker has known about Make-A-Wish since a relative’s daughter was granted a wish some 30 years ago. The event moved Joanne and sparked a desire in her to get involved, but since she was still too busy in the work force, she knew the time wasn’t right.

Mar 07, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Joanne Walker

Joanne Walker Volunteer Spotlight
Joanne Walker has known about Make-A-Wish since a relative’s daughter was granted a wish some 30 years ago. The event moved Joanne and sparked a desire in her to get involved, but since she was still too busy in the work force, she knew the time wasn’t right.

Volunteer Spotlight - Erin O'Shaughnessey and Abby Barwig

Erin, Abby and wish child Abby
Granting wishes is always a team effort. Without the work of donors, wish managers and especially volunteers, the mission of Make-A-Wish – to grant the wish of every eligible child – would be impossible to fulfill.

Feb 07, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Erin O'Shaughnessey and Abby Barwig

Erin, Abby and wish child Abby
Granting wishes is always a team effort. Without the work of donors, wish managers and especially volunteers, the mission of Make-A-Wish – to grant the wish of every eligible child – would be impossible to fulfill.

Volunteer Spotlight - Mary Pisoni

Mary Pisoni with wish granting partner Cliff Kroeter
Helping kids through Make-A-Wish is her new passion after a life spent helping them as a nurse.

Jan 09, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Mary Pisoni

Mary Pisoni with wish granting partner Cliff Kroeter
Helping kids through Make-A-Wish is her new passion after a life spent helping them as a nurse.

Volunteer Spotlight - Elizabeth Kazik

Volunteer of the Month
Using her experience as a wish parent to guide new families through hope-filled wish journeys.

Nov 28, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight - Elizabeth Kazik

Volunteer of the Month
Using her experience as a wish parent to guide new families through hope-filled wish journeys.

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