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Make-A-Wish Arizona

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Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Make-A-Wish Arizona grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Arizona believes that the fulfillment of a wish creates a magical moment for children, families, and everyone involved in a wish. Therefore, it is the chapter's vision that people everywhere will share the power of a wish.

Results: In our 2016 fiscal year, we were able to grant 365 wishes for Arizona wish kids. We still have approximately 427 wish kids waiting for volunteers and funds to help make their one true wish come true.

Target demographics: children with life-threatening medical conditions

Direct beneficiaries per year: 380 Arizona wish kids

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to meet and I wish to have.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Frank67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a wish granter for 16 years and have done approximately 100 wishes. Every wish has been a blessing to me as I was able to participate with families to help them have a positive experience. I am proud to be involved with Make A Wish Arizona as they are a tremendous organization.

1 Alexandra22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Make-A-Wish Arizona grants once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the children it serves, and enables volunteers to participate in this magical endeavor. I am privileged to volunteer at this amazing organization as a wish granter. My favorite part is seeing the smiles on wish kids' and their families' faces!

1 Eric N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the blessing of being a volunteer photography for the Arizona Foundation since 2008. The families, Wish granters and other volunteers are world class people. My first Wish was a QuinceaƱera for a yound lady and I was hooked as a parent, photographer and friend. I shared in several Wish Balls, Wish Walks and many many Wishes that I will never forget. I was also blessed to be a Volunteer of the Month, such a privilege ! I got to know the Founding Fathers as well as the first family while building relationships and a love with and for each and every one of them ! I also have made friends of my lifetime with the WIsh parents, families and friends of the Wish children. I can't say enough about the people of the Arizona Make-A-Wish Foundation and I pray for and wish them all the best God can offer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I haven't been a Wish Granter for long, but it is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I love knowing that I'm making a difference in someone's life. The staff made me feel so welcomed with their insightful words and smiling faces.

Megan139

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Make A Wish AZ does is beyond measure. Not only do they bring hope, strength, and joy to children and their families in our state, they also bless the volunteers with support and purpose. Thank you to MAWAZ for making our state a better place to live and raise our families.

Lynne T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Wish Granter since 2012 and it has been the greatest experience of my life! Being able to work with such a giving organization, work with such amazing volunteers and meet some of the strongest people (kids) you could imagine gives me so much joy. Seeing the impact that a wish has on these children is mind blowing. If I had one wish it would be to be to have enough funds to be able to become a full-time Wish Granter!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Arizona and absolutely love being a volunteer for this organization! Someone once asked me what my one true with would be and it was simple, "win the lottery so I could be a full-time wish granter!".

The happiness we bring to the lives of children with life threatening medical conditions is only a part of why this organization is so amazing. The lessons we learn from the kids we work with (live each day to the fullest), the connection and support we share with fellow wish granters and the wonderful staff all make this a great place to volunteer.

Samantha86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so honored to be a part of this wonderful organization. Feel so privileged to get to know these amazing kids and their family's. Being a Wish Granter has made my heart happy.

Brandon32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a Make A Wish granter for nearly 2 years. It is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. There's nothing more rewarding than discussing wishes with these amazing children and witnessing the excitement they have during the planning stages and when the wish takes place. I've included my own children in the process of buying toys and cakes for wish kids and they have come to love helping the organization that helps other kids. My only wish is that I had volunteered sooner. There's no better or more caring organization that Make A Wish!

Shelleyo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Make a Wish has enriched my life by being a part of one of the most amazing organizations I have ever been a part of. Helping Grant wishes for these children gives me much more than I could ever give back. Volunteer support is outstanding! I have been a wish granter for the past 10 years and look forward to many many more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a wish granter with Make a Wish for almost 10 years. I have never found an organization more in touch with the families of children with life threatening illness. I am proud to say I am associated with this Non Profit and continue to do everything to promote them as one I support wholeheartedly. I have seen first hand the results of what their mission does for these children and their families.

Krystal11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer wish granter for Make-A-Wish Arizona, they are the BEST non-profit organization I have ever been a part of! The staff is friendly and helpful. I love going by the office to see everyone, they always greet everyone with a warm welcome. Granting wishes for Arizona kids is a dream come true for me. The kids are amazing and so strong! I will continue supporting this organization for years to come.

1 Daisy3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you think about volunteering at a nonprofit you think about helping others in the slightest of ways. Make-A-Wish Arizona has allowed me to do much more. It has allowed me to impact the life of a child with a life threatening medical condition just when they need it the most. I am forever grateful for this opportunity. I cannot imagine being part of anything more special.

Thank you!

Melissa139

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a wish granter for the Make A Wish Foundation of Arizona has allowed me to grow both professionally and personally while making a positive difference in my community. As volunteers, the wonderful support we are given by the employees of the chapter is vital in every step of the wish process. The strong bond between volunteers, our wish kids, and Make A Wish Arizona resembles a family culture and that is something I am thankful for.

Sue_135

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Make-A-Wish does an awesome job granting the "One True Wish" of children with life-threatening medical conditions and has spread beyond Arizona and the United States, to now grant wishes internationally. I have been a Volunteer Wish Granter for almost a year and a half and have already been a part of having two wishes granted with two more very close to being granted. It is a wonderful experience to meet the wish kids and their families on the initial visit and then to follow through with the wishes. The kiddos and their families are so thankful and appreciate everything Make-A-Wish does for them and normally, with the help of wish granters, go above and beyond their expectations!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done volunteer work for many years with other organizations. Make A Wish is by far my favorite. People ask me all the time how do I do it. Working with very ill children. I tell them mom and dad have to have them do all the bad stuff, treatments..etc. the Dr. and nurses the same. I get to being in all the fun! I am their fairy God mother. I get to grant their ONE TRUE WISH. How much better than that be. I absolutely LOVE volunteering with Make A Wish.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who started out donating, then became a volunteer and Wish Granter, I can't say enough about how much I love MAWAZ. Not only do they treat the children and families who get wishes granted like celebrities but they treat us volunteers like rock starts as well! The staff at MAWAZ is like family to me. I love spending as much time as possible helping make wishes come true. I've served as a volunteer at many charities throughout AZ but this one is the greatest of them all. Thanks MAWAZ for letting me be a part of the magic!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently working on 5 Wishes and love the support I get from Make-A-Wish! It is such an awesome organization and I am proud to be a volunteer for them. Seeing the look on the Wish Kids face when they find out their true wish has been granted is priceless. If you are looking for a very rewarding volunteer experience I would highly recommend Make-A-Wish!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering as a wish Granter has changed my life. The families I meet are inspiring, and Make-A-Wish Arizona does a wonderful job of pulling together all of the elements needed to fulfill children's wishes. As a former staff member, I know that every decision made is focused on doing what's best for the kids. When you support Make-A-Wish, you're doing something good for sick kids and their families NOW that will have a lasting impact, and might even help them gain the strength and courage to conquer their life-threatening medical condition. It's an incredible thing to be part of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a wish granter with Make A Wish there is nothing better than seeing the look on a kids face when I get to tell them their wish is coming true. I have been fortunate enough to stay in contact with my wish families and there is always something new they tell me about their wish every time I see them. It is an honor to be a part of such a wonderful organization

1 Missy G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a wish granter is one of the best decisions I've ever made. The joy I get from making the one true wish of a kiddo come true is insurmountable. I've seen the power of a wish, time and time again! My first wish kid just started her first year of college, and years later, we still speak about the positive impact her wish had on not only her, but her entire tribe of supporters.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish and love every second of it. It really is a magical experience to grant a child's one true wish and see how much joy and happiness it brings to them. The staff at Make- A -Wish is very caring and work extremely hard to make wishes come true. Being a volunteer has been wonderful!