I work for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services. In addition to volunteering for Make-A-Wish I volunteer in the community with different organizations as well.
Your connection with Make-A-Wish?
I am a wish granter and an event volunteer.
How long have you been a volunteer?
I have been a volunteer for about 4 or 5 years now.
Why do you volunteer for Make-A-Wish?
I started volunteering for Make-A-Wish because of my mom who has been a volunteer for quite a few years now. I continue to volunteer for Make-A-Wish because I truly believe in their mission. The feeling I get from being part of something great that touches so many lives is indescribable. I have an overwhelming sense of compassion for these kids who are so tough, tougher than any adult I know.
Tell us about a memorable wish experience:
All of them are memorable in different ways, however the one that stands out in my mind that really had an effect on me was Luke’s wish. I met Luke right after he was diagnosed. Luke was considered a rush wish so we met with the family at the Make-A-Wish office after one of his appointments. The family had barely had time to digest their son’s diagnosis so they hadn’t really thought of wishes. After sitting down with them we found out how much Luke enjoyed camping with his family. So for Luke’s wish they had a limo pick him and some friends up from school & take them around Sioux Falls. Meanwhile we were at Luke’s house in Hurley setting up for Luke’s camping wish. Luke was surprised with a new camper, a fire pit that we roasted marshmallows in, a pizza party, and all of his friends & family were there to celebrate with him.
If you could encourage someone who is thinking about volunteering for Make-A-Wish, what would you tell them?
I would tell them that Make-A-Wish changed my life and it could change theirs as well. You meet these amazing kids that show you no matter what life throws at you, you keep fighting!
For more information about volunteer opportunities in your area, please contact Kerry Pollema at 605.335.8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.