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Becoming A Volunteer

We are so glad you are interested in becoming a Make-A-Wish volunteer! We rely on our over 200 dedicated volunteers to grant the wishes of children in the San Diego region. All volunteers are asked to meet a series of requirements before becoming an active volunteer, including: attending an information session, completing the volunteer application process and submitting to relevant background checks.

*To volunteer with Make-A-Wish San Diego, you must be at least 18 years of age.

If you are under 18 and still want to get involted, Click Here to learn about our Kids For Wish Kids program. 

Step 1 – Learn More
Review the volunteer positions here. Once you know more about our roles, email us to have your name added to our waitlist. We will reach out to you with more more information once we have a New Volunteer Orientation.

Step 2 – Attend a Volunteer Orientation
Attend a one-hour Volunteer Orientation session to become familiar with our program, philosophy, needs, policies, procedures and expectations. All orientation attendees will be provided with a Volunteer Application, Conflict of Interest Ethics Statement (COIE) and Reference Questionnaire to send to 2 non-family references.

Step 3 – Volunteer Application
Complete and return the Volunteer Application, COIE, and 2 references to the chapter office. Upon completion, we may invite you to a one-on-one interview to help us determine if Make-A-Wish is the right fit for you. 

Step 4 - Background Check
If all of the above is met, volunteers must successfully complete a criminal background check,repeated every 3 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. 

Step 5 - Welcome
When all the steps have been satisfactorily completed and we find you a right fit for our organization, we will contact you to officially welcome you and to update you on next steps based on the opportunities in which you are interested.

Note: Any volunteer interested in becoming a wish-granting volunteer will be required to attend a separate 6-hour Wish Granter Training session prior to becoming involved in wish activities.

Questions? Please see our Commonly Asked Questions page. If your questions aren’t answered, please reach us at or 848-707-9474.

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Jacquelyn Schneider

Wish & Volunteer Manager

(858) 707-9474 ext.103


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2440 Hotel Circle North
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San Diego, CA 92108
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