Volunteer Training Coming to Lewiston
For more info, contact
Lisa Gleeson, Communications Mgr., Make-A-Wish® Maine
firstname.lastname@example.org | office phone 207-221-2306
Photo caption: Wish granters Connie Bilodeau of Auburn and Christen Stewart of Topsham with wish child Summer, 16, of Mechanic Falls who is currently fighting Hodgkin’s Disease and wishes to attend a movie premiere this fall.
For Immediate Release
LEWISTON, MAINE - March 21, 2013 - Make-A-Wish® Maine will hold a volunteer training on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce office at 415 Lisbon Street in Lewiston and interested parties are encouraged to register by April 1.
Make-A-Wish depends on volunteer “wish granters” statewide to help make magical, memorable wishes come true for Maine children with life-threatening medical conditions. Children provide the inspiration, volunteers provide the passion.
This specially trained group of volunteers comes into direct contact with the wish children and their families, working as a liaison between the family and the staff to fulfill each child's dream.
To become a wish granter, volunteers must pass a background check and complete an online training sessions prior to the in-person training.
Wish granters work in teams of two and most wish granters complete one or two wishes per year. We are looking for creative volunteers in the Lewiston/Auburn area to attend this training.
There is no financial obligation to volunteer for Make-A-Wish, and the rewards are priceless. For more information, to receive an application and to see if wish granting is a good fit for you, contact Eileen Chretien at email@example.com or call her at 207-221-2306.
Find out more about Make-A-Wish Maine and see current wish stories at www.maine.wish.org or “like” them on Facebook®.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Maine Chapter of Make-A-Wish opened in 1992. As of March 2013, we have granted over 1100 wishes. This coming year, the organization expects to grant the greatest wish of over 75 seriously ill Maine children, which is an average of one wish every five days. The average cost of a wish is $6,000. All money raised in Maine stays in Maine. Of the money donated, 77% goes towards program expenses (granting wishes), which is 12% more than the minimum required of non-profits by the Better Business Bureau. All wish expenses are fully covered by Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish Maine is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all contributions are tax deductible. The Maine chapter has over 200 volunteers statewide, and a staff of six. Our office is located at 477 Congress Street, Suite M1, in Portland. For more information about Make-A-Wish Maine, visit www.maine.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.