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Frequently Asked Questions

Wishes

What Does Make-A-Wish® Do? 
We grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

How Do You Grant Wishes?
Any child over the age of 2½ and under the age of 18 who has a life-threatening medical condition and has not received a wish from another wish granting organization qualifies for a wish. It is the child's primary doctor who determines whether or not a child has a life-threatening medical condition. Once qualified, a team of two Make-A-Wish volunteers visits the child to determine his or her wish. Then, Make-A-Wish works with local businesses, volunteers, and donors, to help fulfill the wish of the child.

What Do Children Wish For?
The wish requests we receive are as unique as the children who make them. The majority of wishes fall into one of five categories:
  • "I wish to go..."
  • "I wish to be..." 
  • "I wish to meet..." 
  • "I wish to have..." 
  • "I wish to give..."

Volunteering

How much of a time commitment is needed for volunteers?
Make-A-Wish does not mandate specific time commitments for any volunteers. Some wishes, like gift wishes, are quickly and easily fulfilled. Some wishes, like travel wishes, could take longer because the family travels on their timetable.

I'm not 21-years-old. Can I still volunteer for Make-A-Wish?
Although all wish volunteers must be 21 years old to work on wishes, there are a number of other volunteer opportunities including helping at events, working in the Make-A-Wish office or organizing a fundraiser at school.

Do I have to contribute to Make-A-Wish to become a volunteer?
No, you do not have to make a contribution to Make-A-Wish to become a volunteer. 

Do wish volunteers travel with the family/child?
No, there are 62 other Make-A-Wish chapters around the country. When we send a wish family to another state, that chapter will help facilitate the wish.

Why are wishes handled by wish teams rather than individuals?
A two or three-person team provides a good support network when working on wishes. If one volunteer is busy, the other one can pick up the slack. And in emotional situations, it is good to have a wish partner to lean on. Finally, working in teams helps to protect volunteers from potential accusations of impropriety.

Donating

Where Do You Get Funds?
Make-A-Wish is supported through local donations from individuals, corporations, small businesses, civic organizations, churches, schools, social and service clubs, fund-raising events, memorial contributions, foundations, and pay-roll deduction programs as well as our own special events. It is possible to support Make-A-Wish during the United Way campaign by utilizing the Donor Voice option. Make-A-Wish does NOT engage in door-to-door or telephone solicitation.

If I Donate Money to Your Chapter, Does It Stay In Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana?
Absolutely! All local contributions are used to fulfill the wishes of children in our local regions

Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
2545 Farmers Drive
Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 923-0555
Toll Free (877) 206-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Northeast Ohio Region
6060 Rockside Woods Blvd
Suite 315
Independence, OH 44131
(216) 241-3670
Toll Free (888) 272-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Central Ohio Region
2545 Farmers Drive
Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 923-0555
Toll Free (877) 206-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Southern Ohio Region
4500 Cooper Rd
Suite 304
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 745-9474
Toll Free (888) 441-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Kentucky & Southern Indiana Region
1230 Liberty Bank Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 327-0705
Toll Free Kentucky Only (866) 487-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Indiana Region
7330 Woodland Drive
Suite 201
Indianapolis, IN 46278
(317) 636-6060
Toll Free Wish Families Only (877) 872-2756
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Northwest Ohio Region
1745 Indian Wood Circle
Suite 130
Maumee, OH 43537
(419) 244-9474
Toll Free (800) 666-8539