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We depend on people like you

Our volunteers play an important role in all phases of the wish granting process: from working in child-focused wish teams; to solicitations of goods and services that meet the needs of specific wishes; to assisting at special events & fundraisers! Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, we have fulfilled many wishes.

To get started today:

  1. Attend volunteer training (see times and locations listed below)
  2. Turn in your volunteer paperwork and 2 donated gift cards ($25 minimum value for each) at the training you attend
  3. After step 1 and 2 are completed, you will receive the link to complete your background check (Estimated cost $24.99)


(All paperwork must be filled out entirely) 

Download our new volunteer application

Download our background check authorization form

Download our adult consent form

You must attend one of our upcoming new volunteer orientations in order to become a volunteer.

Upcoming Texas Orientations:

Lufkin / Nacogdoches Area Orientation

For questions about upcoming Lufkin / Nacogdoches Area orientations, contact Nikki Eliason at (281) 491-9474 ext. 1504 or email

College Station Area Orientation

For questions about upcoming College Station orientations, email

Thursday, September 14th: Houston Area Orientation (Stafford, TX)

5:30 - 7:30 PM (must attend all of the training to complete volunteer orientation)
Make-A-Wish Office
12625 Southwest Freeway
Stafford, TX 77477

For questions about upcoming Houston orientations, email

Corpus Christi Area Orientation

For questions about upcoming Corpus Christi orientations, email 

Upcoming Louisiana Orientations:

Greater New Orleans Area Orientation

Northern Louisiana Orientation

Southeastern Louisiana Orientation

Southwestern Louisiana Orientation

For questions about upcoming Louisiana orientations, email



To help prepare our new volunteers for community involvement and granting wishes, we also ask that each person donate two gift cards ($25 minimum each) to our Chapter. These items can be purchased by you, but this request is actually meant to serve two purposes.

First, our chapter uses these items in our auctions to raise money to grant wishes.  Second, as a wish volunteer and representative of Make-A-Wish, you will gain experience talking to members of the community to help raise funds for our chapter. You will join us as we strive to grant wishes in the most cost effective way. We find that this step in the “new volunteer” process serves a valuable purpose and helps prepare the volunteer for what’s to come. You will have a jump start on the application process if you can bring your two items to the orientation.

To find out more about how to get involved, please read below the many different opportunities we have to offer:

  • Fundraising – Help us secure donated goods and services, write grants and/or sponsorship proposals, build partnerships with local companies, conduct research on giving campaigns conducted by local companies, organize a frequent-flier donation campaign, plan/organize an external event to benefit Make-A-Wish.
  • Office – Assist with miscellaneous projects at the office, including phone calls, wish research, mailings, etc. 
  • Speaker’s Bureau – Speak at community, school, business or civic events to increase support for Make-A-Wish while educating audiences about the Make-A-Wish mission. 
  • Special Events – Plan, organize, and implement successful Make-A-Wish fundraising events by working on event committees, helping out on the event day and/or participating in the event.
  • Translator – Some wish kids come from non-English-speaking families, and we need help to determine their wish. Translators have the option of becoming fully trained wish granting volunteers. They can also provide short-term support as needed.
  • Wish Granting – Wish granters meet the family, help the wish child determine the wish and act as a liaison between Make-A-Wish staff members and the family during the planning process.  Wish granters must be at least 21 years old and must attend a mandatory in-depth training session.

If you have additional questions about volunteering in Texas please email For questions about volunteering in Louisiana please email

Every time we grant wishes, it makes my heart smile! ”

— Michelle Keller, wish granter

Latest Status Update

  • Thank you so much to the Houston Astros for everything you all do to make wishes come true! Check out their awesome post about their newest "addition" to the team with wish kid Cameron from The Woodlands, TX! Make-A-Wish America
Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana
12625 Southwest Freeway
Stafford, TX 77477
(281) 491-9474

Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana, Louisiana Office
3340 Severn Avenue
Suite 350
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 846-9474
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