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Become a Volunteer

We rely on more than 700 volunteers throughout Alaska and Washington to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses in our communities. Every volunteer plays a vital role in helping us achieve our mission-- we simply couldn't grant all the wishes we do without our volunteers..

Becoming a wish-granting volunteer takes just six easy steps:

  1. See the types of volunteer opportunities available.
  2. Email Shelby Slaughter with your city, and state and the volunteer opportunities you're interested in.
  3. Schedule and complete a phone interview with Make-A-Wish volunteer staff. After the phone interview, we will send you the application.
  4. Complete the Volunteer Application packet. Upon completion of your application, we can register you for our training.
  5. Complete the one-hour wish-granting eLearning training.
  6. Complete the online background check. The cost of the background check $27.53; our background check company (First Advantage) will charge you similar to any online purchase. If you need help covering this cost, we are happy to do so.

Ready to get started? Watch our Volunteer Opportunities video and then email Shelby Slaughter with your name and city to move forward to the next steps.

Background Checks

To assure the safety of our children, we perform a national criminal background check on all of our applicants. The cost is $27.53 and can be reimbursed upon request. You must be 21 years or older to volunteer. All information in the volunteer application, and any acquired through the background check, remains confidential and is used only for screening and placement purposes.

If a blemish appears on a background check it may be reviewed by our management team to determine if acceptance of a volunteer application is in the Chapter's best interest.


About our Volunteer Program

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

Shelby Slaughter
Volunteer Coordinator


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