Make-A-Wish Metro New York & Western New York Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Make-A-Wish®. Our volunteer program is designed to give each volunteer a diverse and rewarding experience while working towards fulfilling our mission to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Wishes help kids look past their limitation and forward to the future.
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How Do I Become A Volunteer?
In order to provide wish children and their families with the best experience possible, we require all potential volunteers to go through an assessment before becoming an active Make-A-Wish volunteer.  

Volunteer applications takes about three weeks to process and approve. After your application is processed, you will be contacted with detailed instructions on the next steps based on the opportunities you selected.  Please note, volunteer needs may vary by county, borough, or region. 

Why Do I Need A Background Check?
Due to the nature of our work, all volunteers 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.  Make-A-Wish uses Insperity and there is no cost to the volunteer, unless we are conducting an international search. Please contact us with any questions related to past convictions and/or our background check screening process.
Whom Do I Contact With Questions?
Our team is happy to answer any questions and/or address any concerns that you may have. To reach the Volunteer Resources office by email or phone:
In NYC: (516) 944-6212, ext. 130 
In Buffalo or Rochester: (716) 810-9474, ext. 130 or (585) 272-9474, ext. 130   

Once your application and Conflict of Interest Statement have been approved, the Volunteer Resources team will follow-up via e-mail.

Privacy & Protection of Information
Security of information is extremely important to us. All information submitted is only available to and accessed by relevant personnel. Information is never sold or shared outside of Make-A-Wish.
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