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Volunteer Application

Process and Details

To date, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley has granted more than 2,400 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions, living throughout the Hudson Valley. Without the help of volunteers, like you, none of this would be possible. 

To carry out our mission, we depend on the help of more than 280 volunteers throughout the eight New York counties of Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. 

Take the first step! 

In order to provide our Wish Children and their families with the best experience possible, all potential volunteers must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Complete a Volunteer Application
  • Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (1-on-1 orientations are available, upon request)
  • Complete a screening process including a Criminal Background Screening and Personal Reference Check
All information in the application, as well as any acquired through the background screening, will remain confidential and be used for screening and placement purposes only.

A $20 processing fee is requested with the application to cover the cost of the background screening. Checks should be made payable to Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Hudson Valley

If you are unable to provide the processing fee, please attach a note stating so. No one will be denied application due to inability to pay the processing fee. 

The application process generally takes at least 4 to 6 weeks to complete.


  • Haiden with his wish granters, Jessica and Ashley.

  • Volunteers Greg Nowak, Karin Strelec and Carla at the 2013 Walk For Wishes walkathon.

  • Volunteer Abbie Gonzalez picking up letters at the Macy's Galleria Crystal Run in Middletown, NY

  • Greeter volunteers Andrew, Ann, Frank and Pat

  • Nathaniel and his mom with Make-A-Wish escort, JoAnn Parker

  • Volunteer Robert and Alumni Committee member Bo

  • 7 new wish granter mentors are trained

  • (L-R) Denise C., Martine S., and Mauricio P. are ready to start volunteering!

Make-A-Wish is the most comforting and rewarding organization experience I have ever been affiliated with as a volunteer! ”

— Volunteer, Esther Ingber

To request additional information, please contact Volunteer Manager, Abraham Almanza at 914-478-9503.

Email Volunteer Manager,
Abraham Almanza

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Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley
832 South Broadway
The Wish House
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 478-9474