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How to Help

About Volunteering

Change lives…become a volunteer!

You can help make the wishes of special children come true in your local community when you become a volunteer for Make-A-Wish Illinois. Time commitments and volunteer needs vary by community. Bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) volunteers are most needed.

More than 1,700 specially trained volunteers generously give their time and energy. Our volunteers come from all walks of the community to become involved in the mission through a variety of capacities.

To get started you must complete the volunteer application (including submitting a background check) and attend a Volunteer Orientation webinar. Please contact the Volunteer Services Team with any questions about the application process.


Airport Greeters
Meet and welcome wish families at the airport, assist arriving wish families with baggage and rental car arrangements or help departing wish families with check in and security. Ease concerns the wish family has about navigating the airport and airline travel by making them feel comfortable as they begin their wish experience.

Event Volunteers
Lend their time to help with Make-A-Wish events. Event volunteers roll up their sleeves to do a variety of event support that helps raise funds and creates awareness about Make-A-Wish.

Office Volunteers
Assist with various projects at our Chicago, Peoria, and Springfield offices, including phone calls, research, mailings, etc. Perfect for volunteers with daytime availability who live near one of the three Make-A-Wish Illinois offices.

Outreach Volunteers
Interact with interested parties at volunteer recruitment and medical outreach events with the intent of recruiting more volunteers or identifying prospective Wish Children.

Social Media Ambassadors
Share Make-A-Wish crafted posts with followers on social media to help promote important initiatives and programs.

Speakers Bureau
Represent Make-A-Wish Illinois at a number of external outreach and fundraising events to help educate the public about the mission and the need for support. Speakers Bureau volunteers share a passion for the organization and are comfortable speaking in public. Additional training required for this role.

Help facilitate wish experiences for non- English-speaking families. Translators attend wish visits and do participate in phone calls, but are not directly involved in planning the wish. Additional training required for this role.

Wish Granters
Work with a partner to meet with the child and their family to help determine the heart of that child’s wish, and then work with Make-A-Wish staff to make that wish a reality. Additional training required for this role.

Wish Family Ambassadors
Represent Make-A-Wish Illinois at a number of external outreach and fundraising events to share their wish experience. Open to Wish Alumni and their families.


Associate Board
Unites young professionals to support the mission through event-based fundraising and spreading awareness in the community, especially among Generation X and Millennials.

Contributions Committee
Utilizes personal and professional networks in order to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Golf Committee
Works to plan and execute the annual Make-A-Wish Golf Outing through marketing, sponsorship, and securing participation. The Golf Outing is held in the Chicagoland area.

Regional Councils
Assists with fundraising, medical outreach and community relations efforts on behalf of Make-A-Wish Illinois in their local communities. Regional Councils are made up of community leaders in the Bloomington, Champaign, Edwardsville, Peoria, Quincy, Rock Island and Springfield areas.

Wish Ball Committee
Works to plan and execute Wish Ball, the signature fundraising event for Make-A-Wish Illinois. The Wish Ball is held in Chicago.

Women’s Network
Provides support, community outreach, ambassadorship, and fundraising for Make-A-Wish Illinois. The Women’s Network annually sponsors events to raise awareness, promote wish family engagement, and to conduct fundraising for the organization.

Walk Committees
Works to plan, execute, and grow the Walk for Wishes events in the Chicago, Champaign, and Moline areas. This costumed walk is a great occasion for community outreach as we develop our Wish Village concept.

Interested in learning more about volunteering with Make-A-Wish Illinois?

Register online for a Make-A-Wish Volunteer Orientation to learn about the roles and responsibilities of volunteers. Find an upcoming volunteer orientation webinar date in our calendar of events.

Volunteer Orientation 


Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
Toll Free (800) 978-9474