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Matt & Sara's Story

Volunteers Matt & SaraMay 2015
City: Rapid City

About Matt and Sara:
Matt: District conservationist for USDA-NRCS, member of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee and involved with 4-H
Sara: Civil engineer for City of Rapid City
The Oddens enjoy hunting, fishing, running, snow skiing and outdoor activities. They have two children, Noah (5) and Audrey (20 months) and a 9-year-old Aeridale Terrier named Brandy.

Your connection with Make-A-Wish®? In college, Sara became involved with Make-A-Wish through the Chi Omega women’s fraternity at SDSU, of which she was a member.

What made you want to start volunteering for Make-A-Wish?
Matt: I volunteered with Sara at several events and decided to become an official volunteer.
Sara: As the SDSU Chi Omega chapter president, I was able to attend a national convention at which a local California chapter delivered the news to a wish child that her wish to meet Cinderella was going to come true. Seeing the expression on her face when she realized what was happening was something that I will never forget.

How long have you been a volunteers? Matt: Since 2012. Sara: Since 2005.

Why do you volunteer for Make-A-Wish? We volunteer because we have a passion for bringing joy to children and their families at dull times in life.

What is the best part of being involved with Make-A-Wish? Being rewarded for time spent with smiles, hugs, laughter and the remarkable high that comes from having made a difference in the life of a child.

Tell us about a memorable wish experience: Matt: During a recent shopping excursion-watching a wish child’s excitement as he explored the store and debated the tough decisions of which video games he wanted to take home. Sara: At an airport pickup of a wish child and family I had met with for the wish planning, an almost 18 year old young man gave me a giant hug and sincerely thanked me for helping make his wish come true.

If you could encourage someone who is thinking about volunteering for Make-A-Wish, what would you tell them? It’s a satisfying feeling to know that you are helping make someone’s day brighter and happier.

What would your one true wish be?
Matt: To go to Hawaii as a family and go parasailing.
Sara: To travel to Rome to see the Colosseum and other ancient ruins that I spent three years of high school Latin Class learning about.


For more information about volunteer opportunities in your area, please contact Kerry Pollema at 605.335.8000 or xcbyyrzn@fbhguqnxbgn.jvfu.bet.


We volunteer because we have a passion for bringing joy to children and their families at dull times in life. ”

— Matt & Sara, Rapid City Wish Granters

Contact

Kerry Pollema
Volunteer & Outreach Director
1400 West 17th Street 
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Phone: 605.335.8000 
Fax: 605.335.8002 
Email: xcbyyrzn@fbhguqnxbgn.jvfu.bet

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