Volunteer Spotlight: Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

Julanne Hohbach

This monthly feature focuses on volunteer opportunities for Central Ohio families.

For many families, volunteering with an organization that helps children is the perfect way to give back.

Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana offers numerous opportunities to help kids with life-threatening medical conditions, said April DeVito, director of medical affairs and volunteer programs for the local chapter. Families that want to work directly with children can be a Wish Granter, which entails visiting a Wish kid's family to find out what the child would like to do and walking them through the process. “The entire family can be part of the wish-granting experience,” she said.

The chapter hosts of hundreds of events annually, including the signature Walk for Wishes, where families can hand out water, make coffee, design signs or even pass out medals. “The majority of our events can actually use families as volunteers,” DeVito said.

The Kids for Wish Kids program, meanwhile, allows children to organize penny wars, bake sales or other efforts to benefit Make-A-Wish.

“Honestly, any way that a family wants to get involved … we're usually able to hook them up with an experience that's going to add value to our program,” DeVito said. “I can't think of a better way to teach that mentality of giving back and getting outside their comfort zone.”

The Make-A-Wish chapter has almost 4,000 active volunteers. To get involved, contact volunteer coordinator Kiley Landusky at 614-763-6247 or klandusky@oki.wish.org.

For more information, go to oki.wish.org.