Why Volunteer?

Why Volunteer?

There are few experiences more powerful than making a wish come true

Make-A-Wish Ireland welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds and all over Ireland. By volunteering you can gain new skills, make new friends and have fun, all while enjoying the sense of reward that comes from making a difference and knowing you're helping to make wishes come true.

Without our volunteers, we would not be able to grant the wishes that we do, making so many wonderful memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. 

We welcome all applications and are committed to building a community of volunteers that embraces diversity and represents our wish families.


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Community Volunteers

As a Community Volunteer you will be involved in attending events on behalf of Make-A-Wish, raising awareness of Make-A-Wish in your area, capturing wishes with our children, bring them through the wish journey, and assist with our national fundraising day - Wish Day. Make-A-Wish welcomes all volunteer applications regardless of their cultural and ethnic origin, religion, gender and physical, social or economic background.

We would ask our volunteers to commit to the below each year in their local areas:

  • Participate in a minimum of 3 wish visits
  • Attend any training events relevant to role
  • Assist in fundraising for Wish Day/Week, our national fundraising campaign
  • Attend cheque presentations
  • Organise or help to organise one fundraising event per year
  • Link us with your place of work and local schools if appropriate
  • School visits (if available during the day)
  • Promote the impact of Make-A-Wish in a positive and informative way

Please note: tasks assigned to volunteers will be in line with any current Government Guidelines and/or restrictions. The safety of our Wish Children and Volunteers is of upmost importance.

In addition, a variety of opportunities outside of the tasks above may become available to support the mission, which could compliment your own specific skill set such as, event planning, online marketing, interior design, carpentry skills etc

Skills required:

  • Good with children
  • Strong communication skills
  • Empathy
  • Organised
  • Reliability
  • Highly motivated self-starter with initiative and drive
  • IT skills
  • Previous experience in fundraising events is desirable
  • Access to a car is desirable but not a necessity


There is no minimum or maximum time you need to provide weekly or monthly to Make-A-Wish. Time commitment can vary depending on the amount of wishes in your areas or school talk requests etc. We do ask that you spread awareness of Make-A-Wish as much as possible. We understand personal and work commitments can limit your availability sometimes and we are happy to work alongside you with this.


We require Community Volunteers in all counties of the Republic of Ireland

Other Information

Please note the minimum age to be a Community Volunteer is 21 years of age. If you are over 14 years old, you can still be involved as a fundraising/events volunteer. We request that volunteers are over 21 years of age as the wish visits at times can be very challenging and emotional which require good personal/communication skills along with life experience. 

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for an application Pack: volunteer@makeawish.ie
Or complete the online expression of interest form here.

Meet our volunteers See Volunteer FAQ