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Office Volunteering

Office Volunteers help with administrative tasks at the Make-A-Wish office. By assisting the staff with administrative tasks, the staff can focus more on planning wishes and raising money to fund those wishes.

Office volunteers assist staff members with tasks related to data entry, filing, making phone calls, keeping records updated, volunteer recruitment and screening, and more. Office volunteers typically commit to a weekly schedule of about 3-4 hours per week, on a weekly basis.  For most office volunteer positions, we ask for a minimum six-month commitment. Office volunteers help at the Make-A-Wish office in downtown Oakland, and must be available during our regular office hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F).

Open Positions:

Volunteer Wish Finance Assistant

Volunteer Wish Finance Assistant

Make-A-Wish®Greater Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 battling life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area was founded in 1984. In its first year, a total of 27 wishes were granted. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, we have granted more than 8,000 wishes to date and grant more than 400 wishes per year. The Greater Bay Area Chapter is headquartered in Oakland, and serves 17 counties of Northern California, granting 400 wishes per year. 

The Program Department is looking for a volunteer to assist with wish accounting.  This essential position will help the Program Team grant more wishes by ensuring wishes are reconciled and closed in a timely manner.  The weekly, 4-hour shift must be done during our office hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,  M-F).  We can mutually decide a shift that works with your schedule (e.g. Tuesday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.). 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities may include the following:

  • Reconciling wish budget (cost sheets) with financial records.
  • Working with program staff to resolve discrepancies between wish budget and financial reports.
  • Monitoring financial reports to ensure that wishes are closed in a timely manner.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Passion for the mission, vision and wish granting process of Make-A-Wish.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Experience with data entry and Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Experience with data collection and analysis strongly preferred.
  • Accounting or finance experience is helpful though not required.


All the office work will be done at the Make-A-Wish office in Oakland.

Volunteer Commitment:

Agree to a minimum six-month commitment.

If you are interested in this position, please email our Volunteer Manager at to express interest and include a resume.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area
1333 Broadway
Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612
(415) 982-9474