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Volunteer Spotlight - Derek Robb

Volunteer of the Month October 2018 - Derek Robb
Every Make-A-Wish volunteer, whether they're granting wishes or helping out at some of our events, brings their own insight and experiences to the job and to the organization.

Oct 10, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - Derek Robb

Volunteer of the Month October 2018 - Derek Robb
Every Make-A-Wish volunteer, whether they're granting wishes or helping out at some of our events, brings their own insight and experiences to the job and to the organization.

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.

Thousands Will Enjoy Work of Local Student with Make-A-Wish Connection

Percy and family enjoy ice cream at Give Kids the World Village
For more than 20 years, Matt Giddens of Buffalo Grove has observed the uplifting impact being a volunteer for Make-A-Wish has had on his grandfather George. Using his skills, he's also helping to make a difference for children with critical illnesses and their families.

Jul 06, 2018

Thousands Will Enjoy Work of Local Student with Make-A-Wish Connection

Percy and family enjoy ice cream at Give Kids the World Village
For more than 20 years, Matt Giddens of Buffalo Grove has observed the uplifting impact being a volunteer for Make-A-Wish has had on his grandfather George. Using his skills, he's also helping to make a difference for children with critical illnesses and their families.

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.

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.

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.

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