A hockey fan that loves maple bacon and her dog Stanley, she joins us as a Volunteer Coordinator. Rachel’s job is recruiting the amazing volunteers that bring the magic of wishes to life. “Our big objective now is finding and training Wish Granters, who are volunteers meeting with the kids to make wishes come true,” says Rachel “I also work with corporate volunteers—from many different backgrounds disciplines—to engage them in volunteerism.”
Rachel comes to us with a wealth of experience working for non-profit organizations. She says, “Working for non-profits has always been a passion of mine. I love it. When I saw Make-A-Wish had an opening, I felt it in my gut. The culture here is amazing.” Rachel was concerned at first that the amazing environment at Make-A-Wish was too good to be true. “When I started, I realized how real it is—from leadership to the team to working with our volunteers. It’s a dream come true.” Rachel is excited to make her role her own and rise to the challenge of bringing even more people into the Make-A-Wish family.
When asked what one of her favorite experiences has been so far, she relays a story about two guests that were visiting The Wishing Place for the first time. “I gave them a tour of the office, and it turned out that the couple was a Wish Family.” In speaking with them during their visit, Rachel unfortunately
learned that their daughter, a Wish Kid diagnosed with a rare disease, had passed away. “Although it was at times a sad conversation, seeing the couple happily relive their daughter’s wish brought me to
tears.” During their wish trip to Walt Disney World, they met another family on their wish trip, and this particular Wish Kid had the same condition as their daughter. The two Wish Families then bonded over their shared illness and have since become lifelong friends. “For me, this is what it is all about…this is why wishes matter.”
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