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How to Become a Volunteer

Volunteers SFPD

*We are currently full for wish grantors in San Francisco* We need more Spanish speaking volunteers in all regions and wish grantors for these areas: Fremont, Brentwood, Salinas, and the Humboldt/Del Norte County area

We are so glad you are interested in becoming a Make-A-Wish® volunteer! Call Make-A-Wish at 415-982-9474 to obtain a volunteer application or click here to fill out our inquiry form or contact us at: or 415-982-9474. Anyone who wants to volunteer must complete an application and obtain a state criminal history background check. All forms are provided by Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.

Step 1
Review the positions currently available. Contact the Volunteer Manager at the chapter office to express interest, learn about the open position and RSVP to attend a Volunteer Orientation.

Step 2
Attend a (30-40 minute) Volunteer Orientation Session to become familiar with the Foundation’s Volunteer Program, philosophy, needs, policies, procedures and expectations. All orientation attendees will be provided with a Volunteer Application and written information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Step 3
Complete and return the Volunteer Application to the chapter office. Upon receipt, the Volunteer Manager or Volunteer Coordinator will contact the individual’s personal references and will work with the new volunteer to set up a brief phone interview. Volunteers will also be required to provide a background check (based on instructions from Make-A-Wish). The entire process usually can be completed in 1-4 weeks.

Step 4
When all the steps (orientation, application, background check, references and phone interview) have been satisfactorily completed, the Volunteer Manager will contact the new volunteer to officially welcome him/her as a registered Make-A-Wish® volunteer.
Note: Any volunteer interested in becoming a wish-granting volunteer will be required to attend a separate 4-5 hour Wish Granter Training session prior to becoming involved in wish activities.

Additional Information
While the background check and application are being processed, volunteers are welcome to participate in any of the quarterly meetings or Wish Granter Trainings, referred to in our monthly volunteer newsletter. Volunteers must attend a Wish Granter Training session and complete our entire application process prior to meeting with wish children and their families.

More information: or 415-982-9474

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Latest Status Update

  • Wine & Wishes is almost here! Be a part of the wish granting process by attending this year’s Wine & Wishes, which takes place Saturday, March 10th at City View at Metreon in San Francisco! It’s a night filled with gourmet tastings from the Bay Area’s top restaurants and wineries, plus a four-course dinner with wine pairings, and the chance to meet and mingle with Make-A-Wish families. All proceeds go toward creating life-changing wish experiences for children with critical illnesses and their loved ones. Click the link below to find out more and reserve your tickets!
Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area
1333 Broadway
Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612
(415) 982-9474