Volunteer

Help us bring the power of a wish to children, families and communities across Canada. Become a Make-A-Wish volunteer today and join a dedicated, nationwide network of Canadians who give their time and skills to help create moments of hope for children diagnosed with a critical illness.

Make-A-Wish® Canada (MAWC) volunteers consider their work impactful and meaningful. Their efforts are rewarded – not in dollars or cents – but in the incredible difference they make in the lives of our wish kids. Volunteers even have the freedom to choose when and how they would like to help transform lives in our community. 

At every level of the organization, volunteers are critical to our mission. Your time and unique talents are an essential part of bringing strength and hope to wish kids when they need it the most. In fact, our volunteers are at the heart of every wish experience. 

Benefits Of Volunteering

Whether you are a professional, retiree, or student, live in a big city or in a rural area – you can benefit from volunteer engagement with Make-A-Wish Canada through various opportunities across the country. As an integral part of our team, we will support you every step of the way.

Volunteering allows you to:
  • Meet new people and build connections
  • Improve existing skills or learn new ones
  • Try new things and step out of your comfort zone
  • Build your resume and gain experience
  • Engage with your community
  • Make a difference in a child’s life
  • Have fun and be awesome!

“Volunteering with Make-A-Wish has been an absolute honour and privilege over the years. Helping with the wish last week was TRULY the absolute highlight of my year. To feel of value, and use, and to have a purpose again - is something that the words ‘thank-you’ cannot even begin to encompass.” Marie-Claire, Volunteer Wish Granter

“I love being a part of something so magical. It’s incredible to see how positive, optimistic, and joyful families and wish children are. Despite their challenging circumstances, they radiate such a positive energy and it makes volunteering at these events so rewarding and special.” Katy, Event Volunteer

Volunteer of the Year Awards

The award honors volunteers who have made a significant impact through their selfless dedication and commitment to serving children with critical illness.

CLICK HERE TO SEE WINNERS

Opportunities

We have a variety of opportunities available throughout the year, based on the ongoing needs of the organization. Click on the opportunities below to learn more.

Your Make-A-Wish® Canada Journey Starts Today!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for us. Before you apply to volunteer, please note the following: and then the points below follow.

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 18 (at the time of application) Some exceptions for events may be made, reach out to [email protected] if you are under the age of 18.
  • There are no set hours for a typical volunteer opportunity. The amount of time depends on the nature of the wish or event. However, volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of two wishes or events per year.
  • Due to the nature of our work, all volunteers must successfully complete a criminal background check as part of the initial onboarding process and every three (3) years thereafter. Make-A-Wish Canada will not onboard/utilize a volunteer who has been convicted of a crime that is violent or sexual in nature. Other criminal convictions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Ready To Apply?

Thank you for your interest and commitment to helping us grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

We are looking for energetic, compassionate, dedicated volunteers who are focused on helping us deliver our Mission, Vision and Values.

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