To us, it means we are in serious need of help to make these wishes come true. We cannot grant these wishes without local volunteers.
But, not everyone knows what it’s like to be a wish-granting volunteer, so we decided to sit-down with volunteer Elijah Winfrey to find out how he first came to Make-A-Wish and what inspires him to be such an incredible wish-granting volunteer for local kids.
Q. What made you want to start volunteering?
I just wanted to give back. I am trying to make a difference in the world one day at a time and I love giving back to my community where I can.
Q. What has been your favorite moment so far?
It’s hard to pick just one. I felt I would be doing a great injustice if I just picked one. They all are great and move you to tears.
Q. What do you enjoy most about being a wish-granting volunteer?
You see the parents watch their child live out their wish and it seems to make them even closer. That leaves a lasting effect and impact on me.
Q. What has been the most rewarding experience you have had so far at Make-A-Wish?
I’m currently working on a wish right now to send a young man to Disney Aulani in Hawaii. The rewarding part is seeing the wish through and seeing the smile.
Q. Why do you connect with us on Facebook and Twitter?
To follow the awesome stories and interact with fellow wish granters. I made a connection with Peter [another wish-granter] and we are currently working on a wish together.
Q. Has volunteering with Make-A-Wish impacted your life in any way? If so, how?
Sure, I think any time you do something like this, it makes you feel good and you see things from a different perspective. Sometimes we take things for granted and don’t realize the impact we all have on each other.
If you’re interested in becoming a wish-granting volunteer, sign-up for our online training on September 18th!