Eleven-year-old Zoe Bowens has watched her mom, Amanda, volunteer for most of her life.
As a Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington wish-granting volunteer, Amanda has granted wishes in the Seattle area for the past nine years. It all started when she saw firsthand how much a wish really changed her best friend's life. "I knew that someday I wanted to help give that same feeling to other people." And that's exactly what she has done for more than a dozen children and their families.
As a parent, Amanda sees the importance of volunteerism for her family. "I just think it's important to show that you need to give back," she said. "And you also need to find an organization that you care about. She sees how much I care about Make-A-Wish and how much fun I have doing it."
Wish granting volunteers must be over the age of 21, but Amanda has found many ways that she and her daughter can volunteer together for Make-A-Wish. The dynamic duo have made fundraising posters for Zoe's school, raked leaves in the backyard of a child who wished for a playhouse, raised funds for wishes and volunteered at the Walk for Wishes®, an annual family-friendly walk and fun run to raise funds for our local Make-A-Wish chapter.
Most importantly, Amanda has seen how her volunteerism has affected her daughter. "She says she wants to be a wish granter when she grows up," Amanda said.