Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada – Nevada Volunteers (2023)

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9950 Covington Cross Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89144

Phone (702) 212 - 9474

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Our missionTogether, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

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Special Projects

Special Projects Volunteers participate in occasional activities fitting specific needs. Project examples include, but are not limited to, running errands, graphic design, photography, sewing, poster creation, letter writing for Wish Kids and scrapbook design. If you’ve mastered the art of assembling shelves, capturing the perfect moment on your camera, or have a knack for organizing, our staff would love it if you’d lend your talents! The Special Projects role is an umbrella for many unique ways to get involved.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Volunteer Trainer

Volunteer trainers help acclimate new volunteers to the Make-A-Wish organization and the various volunteer roles within Make-A-Wish. They thoroughly prepare volunteers for the work they’ll be doing so they can confidently move forward with their roles.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Wish Story Writer

Wish story writers use their creative writing skills to put the impact of a wish into words. Provided with details about the wish child, their medical journey, their wish, and the ‘why’ of the wish, wish story writers use The Guide to Writing a Wish Story to compile the story before and after the wish. Wish stories are used before the wish to share with the community and request donations for the wish. Completed post wish stories are used to share the power of a wish with the community through various outlets.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Wish Discovery Volunteer

The Wish Discovery Volunteer has the opportunity to help a child determine his or her one true wish. This is one of the most emotionally demanding volunteer positions at Make-A-Wish, but also the most rewarding. Wish Discovery Volunteers work in pairs. They meet with the Wish Child and his or her family, communicate the child’s wish to the office, and submit completed paperwork and all required photos to staff within a week of the wish being determined.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Junior Volunteers

Junior Volunteers assist the staff with specific needs. Examples include, but are not limited to, photography, taking inventory, poster creation, letter writing for Wish Kids, scrapbook design, binder assembly, special events, speaking engagements, and participating in our Kids for Wish Kids program. We love Junior Volunteers and are always open to new ideas to encourage excitement for volunteering and supporting their community. Junior Volunteers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent for volunteer assignments in our office.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Children, Teens, Child with Adult
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Wish Designer

Wish Designers work with a Wish Coordinator on staff to plan, create, and host Wish Reveals. Wish Designers may also assist staff with local Wishes such as shopping sprees, room makeovers, etc. You will be partnered with another Wish Designer for each Wish Reveal or Local Wish experience.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Data Specialist

Data Specialists provide invaluable support to our employees in the office. Though some tasks are time sensitive, we are happy to coordinate a schedule that maximizes your experience and adheres to your availability. Data Specialists assist with data entry into our Raiser’s Edge database program and Microsoft Office programs.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Wish Expert

Taking a wish to the next level requires community involvement and resources. As a Wish Expert, you receive occasional emails from the Make-A-Wish staff indicating a specific request to make a Wish Child’s experience even more special. This volunteer opportunity is great if you find yourself saying, “I know people.” Wish Experts enjoy playing matchmaker by connecting chapter staff to the appropriate experts and facilitating an introduction. These experts could be friends of yours, community leaders that you know, or businesses that you think would be excited to lend their expertise to a wish.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Airport Greeters

Airport Greeters welcome visiting Wish Children and their families to Las Vegas for their wish of a lifetime! Volunteers with flexible schedules provide an incredible service by greeting wish families at the airport, assisting with baggage, guiding them to car rental/shuttle/taxi and providing directions. Airport greeting is a quick and easy way to connect with the Make-A-Wish mission and meet wish families from all over the world! (Volunteers are never to drive the family.)
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Translator/Interpreter

As a Translator/Interpreter, you will facilitate wish experiences for non-English speaking families. Because of you, Wish Children and their families are able to communicate with our office and volunteers. This rewarding position is a direct line to making wishes come true! Translators have the option of becoming fully trained Wish Discovery Volunteers or Wish Designers, or they may provide short-term support on an as-needed basis. We have a particularly high need for Spanish-speaking volunteers.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays

Ambassador

Ambassadors represent Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada at various community events to share information regarding our national and local history, our mission, how to refer a child, and how the audience can get involved with our chapter. Ambassadors may be invited to speak with service organizations, corporations, and schools and will know in advance what is required for each presentation. As an Ambassador of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, you will educate audiences on the healing power of a wish!
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Office Volunteer

Office volunteers provide invaluable support to our employees in the office. Though some tasks are time sensitive, we are happy to coordinate a schedule that maximizes your experience and adheres to your availability. Office Volunteers assist with phone call management, greeting our guests, and much more!
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Event Volunteers

Event Volunteers assist with interactive events such as participating as a Make-A-Wish representative at community events, fundraisers, and family activities hosted by the Southern Nevada Chapter. Event Volunteers may be asked to assist with events organized by external groups to benefit the Southern Nevada Chapter. Event Volunteers have the opportunity to serve on event planning committees and assist on the day of the event. Being an Event Volunteer is a fun way to interact and network with our community!
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Medical Outreach Ambassador

Ambassadors spread awareness about Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada by reaching out to new and existing medical contacts through discovery calls and hospital/practice visits. They educate medical professionals about qualifying medical criteria for wishes and address misconceptions. They fulfill medical stewardship needs. They participate in health fairs and attend events put on by our nonprofit partners (examples: medical seminars, community and internal events, and more).
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Celebrity Host

When a child wishes to meet a celebrity, a Celebrity Host serves as a liaison between the wish family, Make-A-Wish and the celebrity by accompanying the family during the wish experience and handling day-of-wish details. This individual will interact with the wish family, celebrity handlers and the celebrities themselves, as well as troubleshoot and assist the family with any special requests that may arise. A celebrity host will also document the wish experience by providing a written wish report describing the wish day experience.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Welcome Caller

A Welcome Caller acquaints new wish families with the Make-A-Wish mission, impact and wish granting process. Welcome Callers facilitate 30-45 minute phone orientations with all legal guardians in a distraction-free environment.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings
How you helpTens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness.
About usResearch shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength needed to fight a critical illness. Founded in 1996, Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada has granted over 1,900 wishes to children in Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye counties. Additionally, each year the chapter hosts nearly 40 children from other states and countries who wish to visit Las Vegas or meet celebrities performing in Las Vegas. That means our chapter is involved in granting a wish nearly every other day, and we do it with a small and committed staff as well as the collective strength of over 400 volunteers to fulfill our mission.

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FAQs

What percentage of Make-A-Wish children survive? ›

91% believe the wish experience gave their child a better chance of surviving their critical illness. 94% saw their child's emotional well-being improve through the wish experience. 95% of wish parents said their wish improved their family's well-being.

Does Make-A-Wish pay for the whole family? ›

Does the family have to pay for the wish? No. All wish expenses are fully covered, including all travel and spending money when appropriate. Make-A-Wish's objective is to create a memorable wish experience for both the child and family that is not clouded by financial concerns.

How many wishes does Make-A-Wish grant per child? ›

Only one wish is granted per child. While we do not want to limit your child's imagination as he or she decides on their special wish, please keep in mind that Make-A-Wish does have standards and guidelines that must be followed.

How many make a wishes have been granted? ›

With the help of our donors and more than 43,000 volunteers around the world, Make-A-Wish has collectively granted more than 520,000 wishes worldwide.

What is the most common Make-A-Wish request? ›

Patients often request help paying for travel, food, and accommodations so they can say their last goodbyes.

Can Make-A-Wish kids ask for a car? ›

We make the process as easy as possible whether donating on-line or by phone. Start by giving us a call at 1-855-278-9474 or filling out our easy vehicle donation form.

What you Cannot wish for Make-A-Wish? ›

Wishes we're currently unable to grant

Summerhouses / sheds. Electrical and building renovations. Medical equipment, including wheelchairs, or specialist buggies. Wheelchair adaptations.

What is the max age for Make-A-Wish? ›

Who can receive a wish? Children who are at least 3 years of age, but have not yet reached their 18th birthday, may be referred to Make-A-Wish International. A child's treating physician will determine if the child is medically eligible for a wish, based on the medical criteria established by Make-A-Wish.

What celebrity does the most Make-A-Wish? ›

John Cena sets a 'herculean' record with 650 wishes granted through Make-A-Wish Foundation. John Cena is officially the owner of a new world record. Last week, Guinness World Records announced that the 45-year-old U.S. pro-wrestler and actor set the record for the most wishes granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Does Make-A-Wish give you spending money? ›

You should receive spending money for food and souvenirs in the parks from Make-A-Wish. However, if you'd prefer to budget more of that money for character breakfasts, souvenirs, or to take home, we hope that the money-saving tips will be helpful.

How many wishes has Make-A-Wish granted 2022? ›

Today, Make-A-Wish has been granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses for 42 years, in nearly 50 countries across 5 continents all over the world. More than 520,000 wishes have been granted since then.

Does Autism count for Make-A-Wish? ›

Child must be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and proof of diagnosis must be included with your application (e.g. a simple note from your child's doctor is sufficient). Please do not disclose any private information other than First name, Diagnosis, and child's age.

What is a list of wishes in a will? ›

What is a 'letter of wishes'? A letter of wishes is a document drawn up to accompany your will. However, unlike your will, a letter of wishes is not legally binding, instead, it provides guidance to the individuals dealing with your estate and/or any trusts after your death.

Can grandparents go on Make-A-Wish trips? ›

Grandparents are always approved by GKTW to be considered as non-comp wish participants. If approved by the sponsoring WGO, the grandparents may stay in the villa with the Wish family if space allows. 2.

What are the three most common things that people would wish for? ›

There are some things that are wished for more than anything else. Most commonly, people wish for wealth, success, self-improvement, love, health, happiness and friends.

What is the average cost of a wish? ›

The total cost of wishes varies widely. However, the average cost of one wish is nearing $9,000. Make-A-Wish Foundation covers all expenses associated with a wish. Since our goal is to make this a special time for the entire family, we also handle all of the planning and arrangements associated with the wish.

How many kids get a Make-A-Wish each year? ›

Currently, Make-A-Wish grants more than 15,600 wishes for children with critical illnesses in the U.S. every year, but there remains a tremendous gap between the number of wishes we grant today and the estimated 27,000 children in the United States that are diagnosed with a qualifying condition annually.

Do Down syndrome kids qualify for Make-A-Wish? ›

NHFK frequently grants wishes to children with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc. However, these disorders are accompanied by a physical problem such as pulmonary, heart, liver, kidney or another way their health has been compromised that qualifies them for a wish rather than a behavioral or mental challenge. 3.

What can a child wish for? ›

10 things your child wishes you could do with them
  • Tuck me up in bed at night, say goodnight and sing me a song. ...
  • Give me lots of hugs and kisses.
  • Spend time with me on my own without my brothers and sisters being around. ...
  • Give me nourishing food so I can be strong and healthy.
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Does Make-A-Wish work for adults? ›

Patients with terminal illnesses often find meaning by crossing off items from their bucket lists. And they may even reap health benefits. In the US, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants children their wishes. The Dream Foundation does the same for adults with later-stage terminal illnesses.

Is there something like Make-A-Wish for adults? ›

The Dream Foundation is one of several U.S. organizations that grant wishes or provide retreats to adults who are terminally ill, elderly, bereaved, or navigating a serious disease. Some serve adults with terminal illnesses nationwide.

Who is the largest donor to Make-A-Wish? ›

Cena made wishes come true for 650 children. He started working with the foundation in 2002, and has been the leading wish-granter for years. Make-A-Wish stated that no other person has granted more than 200 wishes in their 42 year-history.

Can you meet a celebrity with Make-A-Wish? ›

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps fulfill the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. Children between the ages of 2 and 18 can choose to meet a celebrity, attend an event or give a gift to someone. Copyright 2022 Gray Media Group, Inc.

What is the biggest donation to Make-A-Wish? ›

Billionaire Stewart Rahr's $10 Million Gift Is Largest In Make A Wish History.

How many days is a Make-A-Wish trip? ›

Wish trips are generally 7 days, including 2 travel days. Limo service to the airport, airfare, hotel accommodations, resort fees, car rental, parking, all transportation tips, and our 3 main excursions were already paid by MAW.

What airline does Make-A-Wish use? ›

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Click the button below to donate your Delta miles to help grant wishes by selecting Delta.

Can you go to Hawaii with Make-A-Wish? ›

In fact, nearly 80 percent of Hawaii wishes involve travel. Your gift to this fund will help local keiki “holoholo,” or travel off-island, for the wish experience of their dreams.

Can a letter of wishes be ignored? ›

Can a Letter of Wishes be ignored by an executor? Do you have to follow a Letter of Wishes? As a Letter of Wishes is not legally-binding, it does not have to be followed. You should choose executors/trustees that you trust to follow your wishes as closely as possible.

What can you not include in a will? ›

With this in mind, here are five of the most common things that people mistakenly believe should be included in a will, but certainly should not.
  • What you should never put in your will. ...
  • Conditions. ...
  • Funeral arrangements. ...
  • Gifts to pets. ...
  • Jointly held assets, life insurance and pension benefits. ...
  • Anything you don't own outright.

What are examples of wishes? ›

I wish that I could speak Spanish (but, unfortunately, I can't speak Spanish). I wish that I could drive (I can't drive). I wish that we could go to the party tonight (unfortunately, we're busy so we can't go). I wish that John could help you clean up (John is at work, so he can't help).

HOW DOES Make-A-Wish work with divorced parents? ›

Make-A-Wish, which grants a new “wish” every 38 minutes, has the two-parent signature rule in place to make sure it doesn't get involved in any kind of custody battle or family issue, Mark Hiegel, the national communications director for the organization said.

Does Make-A-Wish Do Disney Cruises? ›

Disney Cruise Line also donated a stateroom aboard a sailing of the Disney Wish, an initiative that raised more than $260,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish & Give Kids The World – making even more life-changing wish experiences possible for children with critical illnesses.

Does Make-A-Wish do hunting trips? ›

For thepast year, Make-A-Wish has refused to arrange hunting trips. That's where Hunt of a Lifetime has come in. The organization, formed to grant hunting requests no longer metby Make-A-Wish, has arranged several trips, including a safari withrock 'n' roll wild man and ardent hunter Ted Nugent.

Do Make-A-Wish kids sometimes survive? ›

No, a child does not have to be terminally ill. In fact, many of our wish children grow into adulthood and lead healthy, happy lives.

How many kids get Make-A-Wish per year? ›

Currently, Make-A-Wish grants more than 15,600 wishes for children with critical illnesses in the U.S. every year, but there remains a tremendous gap between the number of wishes we grant today and the estimated 27,000 children in the United States that are diagnosed with a qualifying condition annually.

How efficient is Make-A-Wish? ›

Make-A-Wish International has earned a 90% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information. This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

Who granted the most Make-A-Wish? ›

John Cena sets a 'herculean' record with 650 wishes granted through Make-A-Wish Foundation. John Cena is officially the owner of a new world record. Last week, Guinness World Records announced that the 45-year-old U.S. pro-wrestler and actor set the record for the most wishes granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

What can Make-A-Wish kids not wish for? ›

We cannot grant wishes for vehicles (cars, etc), homes, firearms or cash. There are age restrictions for certain wish types. There are also restrictions on travel to countries with U.S. State Department travel advisories. Wish restrictions will be communicated to you as they become relevant.

What are the three most common wishes people wish for? ›

SHARE YOURS THOSE 3 WISHES
  • unlimited money.
  • unlimited health.
  • youth forever.

Which celebrity has fulfilled the most Make-A-Wish requests? ›

Make-A-Wish added in a statement that John Cena is the most requested celebrity — and that no one, except for Cena, has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the foundation's history.

Can your Make-A-Wish be anything? ›

Your wish can be anything. Let your imagination run wild! Make it personal to you.

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