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Meet Our Volunteers

Our volunteers know there is nothing more rewarding than helping make a child's most cherished dream a reality. Meet some of the people making wishes come true.

Volunteer Amanda Bowens

Amanda Bowens

As a parent, Amanda sees the importance of volunteerism, and sharing her experiences working with wish kids with her own daughter, Zoe.

Volunteer Lynette with wish kid, Blake.

Lynette Bryne

In the past three years, Make-A-Wish volunteer Lynette has fallen in love five times. First it was Anna, then Tylynn, then Yana, then Jamie and finally Blake.

Wish-granting volunteer Christina Faustino.

Christina Faustino

Christina was inspired to become a wish-granting volunteer after a friend's daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

Volunteer Nancy Foster Mills.

Nancy Foster Mills

Wish-granting volunteer Nancy Foster Mills finds inspiration in each child she helps grant a wish for, and calls them her "heroes."

Wish-granting volunteer Aaren MacKenzie.

Aaren MacKenzie

When wish families arrive at the airport in the middle of the night, Aaren is always there to welcome them and to make the wish experience extra special.

From wish kid to wish granter.

Alyssa Zeigler

Alyssa knows what it means to receive a wish. In 2005 she was diagnosed with Gardner syndrome, a rare genetic condition that still requires close monitoring today.

Wish-granting volunteer Esteban with wish kid Joshua.

Esteban Gamboa

Wishes transcend cultures and languages. Read how volunteering with Make-A-Wish enriches bilingual volunteer Esteban’s life.

Make-A-Wish volunteer Grace Waweru

Grace Waweru

“Give back, however small your contribution is.” This advice from Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington volunteer Grace Waweru is something she puts into practice every day.

Wishes run in the family for intern Keely.

Keely Holt

Keely continued her family's involvement with Make-A-Wish by interning in our Anchorage office.

Volunteering has changed Peter's life.

Peter Geoghegan

Volunteering for Make-A-Wish has literally changed Peter Geoghegan’s life.

Volunteer Sheri with wish kid Anthony.

Sheri Harvey

Seven years and more than 50 wishes later, wish granting never gets old for volunteer Sheri Harvey.

Valeria loves volunteering with Make-A-Wish.

Valeria Gonzalez

For Valeria Gonzalez, volunteering is an integral part of her life. After working with children in rural communities in her native Mexico, Valeria sought similar work when she moved to the U.S.

Volunteer Kelly Harvill

Kelly Harvill

Elementary school Speech-Language Pathologist Kelly Harvill shares what led her to commit more than 17 years volunteering for our organization.


Kalyn Kinomoto

Last year, Kalyn made a resolution to volunteer with Make-A-Wish. Find out how it's changed her life.

Dorothy Laiti

Dorothy Laiti

"A wish is a plan for the future." And that's what Dorothy Laiti likes best about being a wish-granting volunteer for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.

Wish-granting volunteer Paul Mader.

Paul Mader

Wish-granting volunteer Paul provides life-changing wishes to kids like Parker. Watch the video to see how wishes like Parker’s have ended up changing Paul’s life, too.

Volunteer Laura Shaw

Laura Shaw

After facing her own chronic illness as a child, Laura Shaw knew she wanted to bring joy to other kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Latest Status Update

  • CAN YOU HELP? 14-year-old Jack, battling a life-threatening cardiac condition, has one wish: to have his truck restored. And, it’s not just any old truck. It’s a truck from his late grandfather. We need your help make Jack’s wish come true.

About our Volunteer Program

For questions or additional information about our Volunteer program, please contact:

Annelise Matsuo
Volunteer Coordinator

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Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington
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Seattle, WA 98104
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Spokane, WA 99202
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Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, Alaska Office
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Anchorage, AK 99501
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