Exactly one year ago, Kalyn made a resolution: to get involved as a volunteer with her local Make-A-Wish chapter.
Today, Kalyn looks back on 2012 with great pride in her good work. "I feel like being a wish-granting volunteer is like being a real-life fairy godmother," she said.
Whether it's leading a parade or setting up behind the scenes, Kalyn has been seen at many Make-A-Wish events in her first year as a volunteer. In fact, you may have seen Kalyn showing her dedication to the cause when she marched for our chapter at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in Seattle. Or maybe you saw her supervising the bounce house at the Puget Sound Walk for Wishes®.
Kalyn also grants wishes – her favorite part of her volunteer experience so far. "Volunteering for any organization or cause is wonderful, but I love that with Make-A-Wish, I get to be involved with both the Make-A-Wish staff and the families we get to help," she said.
Kalyn can add social media ambassador to her list of Make-A-Wish titles. "It's a great way to connect and support the mission of Make-A-Wish with those who might not otherwise be too familiar with the organization," she said. "I love to help spread news and experiences with my friends, networks and followers."
Looking into the future, Kalyn doesn't see herself putting down her magic wand anytime soon. "I think it's inspiring to meet other wish-granting volunteers who have been doing this for 20 plus years," she said. "I hope to be like them someday!"
If you're still looking for the perfect New Year's resolution, you can take advice from Kalyn. "If you have the slightest bit of interest in volunteering, you should get in touch with Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington right away!"
To take Kalyn's advice, visit our Calendar of Events and sign up for an upcoming online volunteer training.