Wish Granters are absolutely essential to fulfilling each child’s wish and work in teams of two or three to meet with the wish child, help the child determine his or her heartfelt wish, and help plan and fulfill the wish!
- Sign up for wishes as a team – either with a partner of choice or with an assigned partner
- Visit the Wish Child and help him/her determine their one true wish
- Complete wish paperwork and obtain necessary documentation
- Put the magic into each wish by planning and delivering “wish enhancements” – special, creative touches throughout the wish process that keep the child excited about the wish
- Solicit for in-kind donations (goods or services) and help us use resources wisely
- Serve as the liaison between the family and the foundation – keep the family updated on the status of the wish, answer questions, and develop a positive rapport with the child and family
- Plan “send off” party or “presentation” party as appropriate for the wish
- Be a reliable, communicative, and productive member of the “wish team” – work closely with volunteer partner and the Make-A-Wish staff to create the best possible wish experience for the child
- Each wish on average requires 10-15 hours over a span of about 6-9 months, however each wish can vary greatly in the time it takes to fulfill the wish and time required as a Wish Granter
- Ensure all photos and communications from the wish family before, during and after the wish get passed along to the office.
- Meetings with Wish Kids and their families are typically scheduled for weekday evenings or weekends based upon the schedules of the Wish Granters and Wish Family
- Five hour training is required
- Since Wish Granters work in teams of two and sign up for wishes as a team, we encourage people to attend Wish Granter Training with a partner they’d like to wish grant with. If you want to meet someone new to partner with, we can pair you up.
- All new granters will work with a Mentor who will guide them throughout their first wish
- Love for children and comfort interacting with children ages 2 ½ to 18
- Excellent people skills and the ability to work with people from different backgrounds and children with various medical conditions
- Creative energy with a desire to make each wish unique and magical
- Organized and detail-oriented
- Ability to respond to the family, fellow volunteers, and foundation staff in a timely manner (including email).
- Resourcefulness and willingness to solicit for in-kind donations
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Willingness to drive up to one hour to visit with wish child and family
- Ability to meet face-to-face with wish child and family on several occasions, including the initial visit, send off/presentation party, or to deliver wish enhancements
- Possesses enough flexibility to schedule visits with the family and other granters
- Lives in Maine year-round