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Make-A-Wish needs local volunteers

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:43 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:04 a.m. CST

More than 11,000 children across Illinois have experienced the magic of a wish coming true, thanks to the hundreds of community supporters of Make-A-Wish Illinois. Volunteers are needed to help grant wishes for local children. 

Make-A-Wish Illinois is hosting a free training session for wish-granting volunteers in the DeKalb, Ogle and Lee County areas in DeKalb from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Volunteers bilingual in English and Spanish are especially needed. Training location information is provided upon registration.

Wish-granting volunteers will work in teams of two to help grant the wishes of children in their community. Volunteers plan and carry out wishes from start to finish with support from the Make-A-Wish staff. Wish Granters are asked to give 10-12 hours per month to grant at least three wishes per year.  

To attend the training, potential volunteers must complete the volunteer application and online training in advance. RSVP is required by April 9. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve a spot by contacting Tonisha Daniel at daniel@illinois.wish.org  or 312-602-9413. All volunteers must be older than 21 and submit an application, reference and background check; complete an online and brief in-person training to begin granting wishes.  

Make-A-Wish® Illinois grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded locally in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 11,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish with special children across the state with help from dedicated volunteers and generous community members. For information visit www.illinois.wish.org.

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