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Next Steps

So you want to be a wish granter?

Wish Granters

Because our volunteers are so critical to the success of our program, it's important that you know exactly what you're getting in to before you sign up. This is not a commitment that should be taken lightly. Our volunteers are expected to complete a minimum of 2 wishes per year. Each wish could take from 6-9 months to complete, and includes maintaining constant contact with the wish child and his or her family, acting as the liaison between the wish coordinator and the wish family, planning the wish and building the excitement for the wish child from beginning to end (don't worry, you'll be trained in how to accomplish all of that).

If you're still interested in becoming a wish granter the the process will go as follows:

  • Complete the wish granter application and annual commitment form and return it to the office via email, fax (215-654-9354) or regular mail (5 Valley Sq., Suite 210. Blue Bell PA 19422) 

  • If the application is approved, you will be required to submit a background check (cost $24.81). You will receive the email from an external agency. 

  • Complete a series of online training through Make-A-Wish University (approximately 2.5 hours)

  • Complete on-site Wish Granting training (approximately 3 hours). Check our Events calendar for scheduled workshops

  • Go on your first 2 wishes with an experienced Wish Granter as your mentor. 

  • Have fun making magical wishes happen!

Ally and Jeff deliver a wish

Ally and Jeff deliver a wish

Maybe wish granting isn't for you

Do you have a few hours each week? Maybe a few days each week? Then you can help bring the rejuvenation of wish experiences to kids with life-threatening medical conditions. You can join a network of more than 25,000 caring people nationwide who make it possible for Make-A-Wish® kids to live their one true wish.


Complete and return our Volunteer Application to the chapter office via mail, email or fax.  


Our mandatory Make-A-Wish University training covers an overview of Make-A-Wish® and volunteer responsibilities.  


Due to the nature of our work, certain volunteer positions must successfully complete a criminal background check every three years. Make-A-Wish does not employ or utilize as a volunteer any individual who has been convicted of a crime that (a) victimizes children, (b) is sexual in nature, or (c) involves violence, fraud or significant theft. Once you have completed the preliminary steps and your application has been approved, you will receive an electronic link to complete a criminal background check. The cost for this is $24.18. 


Volunteer paperwork takes about several weeks to process and approve. After your paperwork is processed, you will be contacted with detailed information as it relates to the next steps based on the opportunities you selected. 

Allie Finished for a Wish

Allie Finished for a Wish

Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley
5 Valley Sq, Suite 210
Blue Bell, PA 19422
(215) 654-9355

Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, Susquehanna Valley Office
1054 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 283-4880

Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, Delaware Office
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 106
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 482-4467