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You can help make the wishes of children in our community come true when you become a Make-A-Wish® volunteer. Our mission is possible only with the dedication of our volunteers.

Step 1: Attend a volunteer orientation
New Volunteer Orientation is required to become a volunteer for Make-A-Wish® Nebraska. At the orientation you will learn the history of Make-A-Wish along with all the different ways you can volunteer with our organization.  

Step 2:  Complete your Application
At the orientation you'll receive the necessary paperwork to complete to become a volunteer. Some positions (noted with an asterisk) do require a background check with a one-time fee of $25.00.  

Once your paperwork is complete, please allow 4 - 6 weeks for processing.  We will then contact you after you are approved and notify you of any additional training dates required, based on your interests.

Step 3:  Join our team 

Once you're approved you'll be joining over 350 fellow volunteers from across the state.  To get involved please be checking your emails for upcoming events or further training, as email is the primary way we communicate.  With many different volunteer opportunities and time commitments, we will work together to find a place for the best volunteer match for you!

The following volunteer positions describe the many ways volunteers are involved in making wishes come true:

WISH GRANTER* : Meet with the child to discover, plan and fulfill a wish.  Wish Granters work in teams of two and use resources wisely by seeking donated services or goods appropriate for each wish.  These volunteers commit their time to make the wish as unique as each child, and a lasting, memorable experience for each wish family by utilizing creative energy, entrepreneurial enthusiasm, and the ability to give freely of their time.  Wish Granters must be at least 21 years old and pass a mandatory criminal
background check. 
Further training required.

OFFICE & CLERICAL*: Join our office staff team to help with clerical duties such as stuffing envelopes, copying, organizing, filing or other special office projects.  Best suits volunteers with office skills and weekday availability.

AIRPORT GREETER* (Omaha-area only) : Meet and greet the families the night before their wish trip departure to help with any last minute questions and also greet them at the airport after their trip.  Flexibility is required as some flights get delayed and some changes occur in travel schedules.  Airport Greeters must be at least 21 years old and pass a mandatory criminal background check.
Further training required.

ROOM DECORATOR (Omaha-area only) : Decorate the hotel room for the arrival of a wish child.  Supplies are provided, just bring your energy and creativity!  Decorating hours are generally between 12pm-3pm and usually takes about one hour to complete.

SPEAKERS BUREAU* : Throughout the year, volunteers are needed for various speaking engagements, volunteer fairs, school assemblies etc. Speakers Bureau members must be comfortable speaking in groups of 5-500 people and be able to help create awareness of Make-A-Wish. 
Further training required.

SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEER: Our chapter has fundraising events throughout the state.  Events vary in time and location, but include parades, golf tournaments, and various other events sponsored by local corporations or individuals.

Each wish child receives a keepsake memory album that includes many photos of the wish.  Creative and experienced scrapbookers are needed to “sum it up” in a beautiful keepsake memory album.  Volunteers meet monthly in Omaha to exchange ideas and supplies, but memory makers can live anywhere in the state. 

Many of our volunteer opportunities are long term and require a new volunteer orientation and other training sessions to become a volunteer. 

We have a very limited number of service project hours available throughout the year for high school and college students needing 10-15 hours of community service. If you wish to be added to the volunteer e-newsletter for upcoming events and ways to help through service projects, please email Courtney Cleveringa.   All volunteers are required to attend training session prior to completing scheduled service hours.

For more information on all volunteer opportunities, please contact the chapter’s Medical & Community Outreach Manager:
Courtney Cleveringa                                                                                                        
402-333-8999 ext. 2807
Toll Free at 800-760-WISH(9474)
By post mail:
Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Nebraska
11836 Arbor Street
Omaha, NE 68144  

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Our mission is only possible with the help of countless volunteers from across the state.

Training Dates

Training dates to become a volunteer.

Friends Council

The Friends Council supports the Foundation's mission through various fundraising projects, including the planning of each area's annual gala.

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11836 Arbor Street
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