Make-A-Wish needs volunteers

MORGANTOWN — Children who are living with critical illnesses need the power of a wish. Make-A-Wish needs local residents to make it happen by volunteering their time and compassion to assist with fulfilling wishes.

To become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check and attend a one-time, in-person training session. Make-A-Wish is currently looking for new volunteers in Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tyler, Tucker, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel and Wood counties.

The next training session will take place on Saturday, March 30 at First United Bank at Suncrest Towne Centre in Morgantown from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As members of “wish teams,” volunteers are the faces of Make-A-Wish in their local communities. Working together, the “wish team” is assigned to a child in their area, meets one-on-one with the family and aids in determining the most suitable wish for the child.

Those interested should call our office as soon as possible to complete the volunteer application process in order to enroll and guarantee a spot at the training.

For those who are interested in becoming a volunteer but cannot make this training session due to distance or unavailability, please still contact us. Make-A-Wish is always accepting applications and on-boarding prospective volunteers in preparation of future training sessions.

There are few experiences more powerful than making a wish come true. Join the community. Experience a wish. Make a life-changing impact. For more information and to begin the application process, please contact Regional Coordinator Vanessa Strickland at 304-292-5600 or