CASPER — Make-A-Wish Wyoming is actively seeking wish-granting volunteers in the Rock Springs and Green River areas.

These volunteers work closely with local wish kids and families as representatives of Make-A-Wish Wyoming. They are involved in many aspects of the wish process, including exploring the heart of the child’s wish, assisting families with paperwork if needed and celebrating wish milestones along the way.

About 60 volunteers currently serve wish children across the state, but Sweetwater County needs more wish granters to keep pace with the number of wish children who are being referred in the area. Other areas with this heightened need include Gillette, Lander/Riverton and Pinedale, although the organization is happy to welcome wish granters from all over the state at any time.

Ideal wish granters are compassionate and creative, with strong communication skills. They share the goal of ensuring that every child and every family enjoy an incredible wish experience.

“There are just the greatest rewards in being a volunteer,” said Carolyn Millemon, a wish granter in Rock Springs. “You can bring so much joy to wish families.”

To learn more about the organization or apply to become a wish granter, email Volunteer & Referral Coordinator Mandy Burton at mburton@wyoming.wish.org or call 307-234-9474. Wish granters must undergo a background check and training session. Remote learning opportunities are available.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. To be eligible for a wish, a child must be between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 years old and have a life-threatening illness at the time of the referral.

In a national survey, 89 percent of surveyed health care professionals told Make-A-Wish they believe the wish experience can influence kids’ physical health, while 97 percent of surveyed families said they saw improvements in their child’s emotional health. To refer a child for a wish, visit www.wyoming.wish.org/refer.

About Make-A-Wish Wyoming: Celebrating 33 years of granting the wishes of Wyoming children with life-threatening medical conditions, Make-A-Wish Wyoming has brought hope, strength and joy to more than 580 Wyoming children through its wish-granting process. For more information about the Wyoming chapter, please call 888.WYO.WISH or visit www.wyoming.wish.org

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