Wishes help enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions with hope, strength and joy, and you can be a part of this experience. More than 12,000 children across Illinois have experienced the magic of a wish coming true, thanks to the hundreds of community supporters of Make-A-Wish Illinois. Volunteers are needed in Winnebago County and surrounding areas to help grant wishes for local children. Bilingual volunteers fluent in English and Spanish are especially needed.

Make-A-Wish Illinois is hosting a free training session for wish-granting volunteers in Rockford on Saturday, April 25th from 9:30 to Noon.  Location details are provided upon registration. To attend the training, potential volunteers must complete the volunteer application and online training in advance; therefore advance registration is required.  To reserve a spot, contact Tonisha Daniel at daniel@illinois.wish.org or 312.602.9413.

Wish-Granting volunteers work in teams of two to plan and carry out wishes from start to finish with support from the Make-A-Wish staff. Wish granters are asked to give 6-10 hours per month to grant at least three wishes per year. All volunteers must be over 21 and submit an application, reference and background check; complete an online and brief in-person training to begin granting wishes.

Make-A-Wish® Illinois grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded locally in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 12,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with special children across the state with help from dedicated volunteers and generous community members. For more information visit illinois.wish.org.

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