The Make-A-Wish Foundation® is in need of individuals to step forward and volunteer their time and friendship, in order to assist with wish fulfillment. As members of "wish teams," volunteers are an important component of fulfilling wishes. Working together, the "wish team" meets with the wish child's family, acts as a liaison between the Foundation staff and the family, and aids in determining the most suitable wish for the child. Through their empathy and warmth, volunteers help to make the wish process as carefree and unforgettable as possible for every member of the family. In order to become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age and be able to pass a criminal background check.

Volunteers also help at special events such as golf tournaments and dances. They have the opportunity to help implement fundraising programs at schools and in work places with the guidance of the Make-A-Wish® staff. "Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization," says President and CEO, Judith Stone. "They are the ones who work with our wish children and make their dreams come true."

Attendance at one four-hour training session is mandatory for all interested individuals. This training will familiarize the prospective volunteer with his or her duties to the Foundation and the families. For more information about the upcoming spring training on March 26th, please contact the office at (570) 622-6962.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the Foundation is one of the most active chapters in the country, having fulfilled more than 12,000 wishes, and has earned three consecutive 4-star evaluations from Charity Navigator. For more information, please call the Make-A-Wish Foundation at (800) 676-9474 or visit its Web site at www.wishgreaterpa.org.