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Volunteer Spotlight - Yesenia Presley

Yesenia Presley
Yesenia Presley gives as much of herself to others as she can.

Sep 10, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Yesenia Presley

Yesenia Presley
Yesenia Presley gives as much of herself to others as she can.

Volunteer Spotlight - Annica Schael

Annica Schael
Seeing how a wish experience impacted her friend's grandson, Annica decided to volunteer with Make-A-Wish. She quickly realized, “Life is bigger than me” and redoubled her volunteer efforts to make a difference.

Aug 09, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Annica Schael

Annica Schael
Seeing how a wish experience impacted her friend's grandson, Annica decided to volunteer with Make-A-Wish. She quickly realized, “Life is bigger than me” and redoubled her volunteer efforts to make a difference.

Volunteer Spotlight - Jake Ochroch

Aubrey Widmayer with her wish granters.
On an October day in 2004, 10-year-old Jake Ochroch was in his hometown of Philadelphia completely starstruck. He was meeting one of his heroes: Bruce Springsteen. Jake had just finished a tough year-long battle with cancer and he and his family, all of whom are big Springsteen fans, couldn’t wait to meet the musician on his Vote For Change Tour. The Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley chapter granted Jake the experience, and his Make-A-Wish journey didn’t end that night, it was just beginning.

Jul 03, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Jake Ochroch

Aubrey Widmayer with her wish granters.
On an October day in 2004, 10-year-old Jake Ochroch was in his hometown of Philadelphia completely starstruck. He was meeting one of his heroes: Bruce Springsteen. Jake had just finished a tough year-long battle with cancer and he and his family, all of whom are big Springsteen fans, couldn’t wait to meet the musician on his Vote For Change Tour. The Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley chapter granted Jake the experience, and his Make-A-Wish journey didn’t end that night, it was just beginning.

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?”

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.

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.

Volunteer Spotlight - Michelle Brauner & Kim Kimes

VOM Oct 480
Congratulations to Michelle Brauner & Kim Kimes, our October Volunteers of the Month!

Oct 26, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight - Michelle Brauner & Kim Kimes

VOM Oct 480
Congratulations to Michelle Brauner & Kim Kimes, our October Volunteers of the Month!

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