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Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington Announces New Hire


May 15, 2017


Seattle, WA

Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington, the local nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, has hired Annelise Matsuo as its new volunteer coordinator.

In this position, Matsuo provides support for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington’s volunteer base. She will lead the volunteer onboarding process along with data and file management for the volunteer department, and will manage the Ribbons and Bows program.

Matsuo’s past experience as an intern with the program department, as well as her love for making an impact on wish children and their families, is what brought her to this position. She wants to encourage others to volunteer with Make-A-Wish locally so that they can share the sense of joy that wishes give to families.

Matsuo earned her Bachelor’s degree in public health from University of Washington and currently resides in Seattle.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers throughout the northwest give their time and talent to help grant wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions. To learn more about volunteering with our chapter, visit the Volunteer section of our website.

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 6,300 local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. From granting six wishes in our first year to now 332 this year, we have come a long way but our work is not over yet. With your help, we’re getting closer to reaching our vision to grant a wish to every eligible child by 2020, because we know that wishes matter. According to a 2011 study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Every year, one in five seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington does not receive a wish because they are not being referred to our program. That’s something we can all change. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MakeAWishAKWA. 



Jessica Mathews
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

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Jeannette Tarcha
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811 1st Ave #520
Seattle, WA  98104

Phone : (206) 623-5338
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