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Types of Volunteers

See What Role Fits You

Want to get started volunteering with Make-A-Wish Illinois?

We understand that individuals want to volunteer with us, but are unsure where their skills best lie. Take a look at all of the volunteer opportunities available and see where you can best help children with critical illnesses.

Individual Volunteer Roles

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.

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.

Committee Roles

Please note that volunteer committees operate on separate recruiting schedules and may not always be looking for new volunteers. For more information in individual committees, please email the appropriate staff member below.

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. For more information reach out to Kara Pietrowski at

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

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. For more information reach out to Janet Glavin at or Laura Huerta at

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. For more information reach out to Kara Pietrowski at

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. For more information reach out to Laura Stepnicka at

Walk Committees
Walk for Wishes is a fundraiser that celebrates past wishes and raises fund for future wishes. The Walk for Wishes Committees serve as the visionaries and implementers for each local event. These leadership roles are very important to us and will work year-round to engage the community in exciting and new ways! There are opportunities to join the Walk for Wishes event committees in downtown Chicago, suburban Chicago, Champaign, Moline, and Rockford. For more information reach out to Sam Schreiber at
Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
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Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
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