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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.

Q&A with Referral Source Anna Nannicelli

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Anna is a social worker at Lurie Children's Hospital and refers many of her patients to Make-A-Wish.

Oct 30, 2017

Q&A with Referral Source Anna Nannicelli

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Anna is a social worker at Lurie Children's Hospital and refers many of her patients to Make-A-Wish.

Volunteer Spotlight - Michelle Brauner & Kim Kimes

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Congratulations to Michelle Brauner & Kim Kimes, our October Volunteers of the Month!

Oct 26, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight - Michelle Brauner & Kim Kimes

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Congratulations to Michelle Brauner & Kim Kimes, our October Volunteers of the Month!

Volunteer Spotlight - Gina Marsh

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Congratulations to Gina Marsh, our September Volunteer of the Month!

Sep 25, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight - Gina Marsh

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Congratulations to Gina Marsh, our September Volunteer of the Month!

Volunteer Spotlight - Jacqueline Rodriguez

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We are excited to announce Jacqueline Rodriguez as our August Volunteer of the Month!

Aug 31, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight - Jacqueline Rodriguez

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We are excited to announce Jacqueline Rodriguez as our August Volunteer of the Month!

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