Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia needs volunteers to grant wishes for Hampton Roads kids

Staff writer

Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia needs a few good people to help make the wishes of 40 Hampton Roads children with serious medical conditions come true.

The organization needs about eight to 10 more volunteers living on the Peninsula to step up to make sure children’s wishes are granted, said Caroline Browell, spokeswoman for Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia.

“Wish granter volunteers work closely with the child and family throughout the wish process, and having local trained volunteers is an integral part of each granted wish,” Browell said.

A volunteer training session will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 18. Volunteers will leave the session equipped with all the knowledge and training needed to be successful. While the time commitment varies based on the wish, most wishes will require two to four hours on average monthly.

Volunteers must complete a background check with Make-A-Wish before training, and those interested in volunteering should get in touch with Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia by Friday, Browell said.

“Health professionals and parents alike frequently describe the wish experience as a turning point in a child’s treatment, giving them the strength to continue their battle,” Browell said.

Make-A-Wish volunteer training session

When: 9 a.m., Nov. 18. People interested in attending the session must contact Make-A-Wish by Friday.

Where: The location will be given to people who inquire about volunteering.

For more information, call the main office line at 804-217-9474 or email info@va.wish.org

Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007, jojacobs@vagazette.com, @jajacobs_

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