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Training Dates

We rely on more than 500 volunteers throughout Southern Nevada to help grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Each volunteer plays a vital role in helping us achieve our mission.

Our Volunteer Application process is as follows:
  1. Complete our online Volunteer Application. Once your application is received, we will contact you within 5 business days with information on next steps.
  2. Certain positions require the volunteer to complete a National Background check. The background check is completed entirely online and we ask that the volunteer cover the initial cost.
  3. Attend a Volunteer Orientation (dates below) to get acquainted with the mission and values of Make-A-Wish, as well as provide insight into how to use your unique skills to make our organization successful. Interested volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation before serving the organization.
  4. If you are interested in becoming a Wish Discovery volunteer or Wish Designer, our most demanding volunteer roles, you must attend a volunteer orientation first, then sign up for a pre-qualification interview.  Please see below for more information on the Wish volunteer training process.

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientation is held on the second Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at The Wishing Place with some exceptions. 

Remaining 2018 Orientation Dates:
November 10

Sign-up for 2018 Volunteer Orientation here

2019 Orientation Dates:
January 12 June 8
February 9 September 14
March 16 October 12
April 13 November 9
May 11

Sign-up for 2019 Volunteer Orientation here

*Please fill out the Volunteer Application before signing up for an Orientation

Wish Discovery

Our Wish Discovery volunteers have the distinct honor of helping our kiddos discover their one true wish. This is one of our most emotionally demanding volunteer roles at Make-A-Wish, and it takes a special person to carry out this important part of our mission.  

Pre-Qualification Interviews
If you are interested in becoming a Wish Discovery volunteer, you must complete a pre-qualification interview first. The interview is held here at our office and only takes 15 minutes. Once you complete your interview, our staff will let you know if you qualify to sign up for Wish Discovery volunteer training.

Pre-qualification interviews typically happen about a month before Wish Discovery training and we have several days and times open to accommodate different schedules.

Sign up for a Pre-Qualification Interview here

Wish Discovery Training Dates*
Wish Discovery volunteer trainings take place 3 times per year: January, April and September.  The 2019 Wish Discovery training is scheduled for:

January 12 9:00am to 12:00pm
April  13 9:00am to 12:00pm
September 14 9:00am to 12:00pm

Sign up for Wish Discovery Training here

*Please note that you won't be officially approved to attend Wish Discovery training until you complete your interview and Make-A-Wish staff has informed you that you have been qualified to move on to the next step.

Wish Design

Wish Designers have a unique opportunity with our wish kids and their families. They get to plan the ultimate party to make sure our kiddos know their wish is coming true. They also help with send-offs and welcome homes as well as any other enhancements that make the wish experience memorable for our kids. 

Wish Design training does not require a pre-qualification interview. The 2019 Wish Design training is scheduled for:

February 9 10am to 12pm
May 11 10am to 12pm
October 12 10am to 12pm

Sign up for Wish Design Training here

Celebrity Host

When a child wishes to meet a celebrity, a Celebrity Host serves as a liaison between the wish family, Make-A-Wish and the celebrity by accompanying the family during the wish experience and handling day-of-wish details. This individual will interact with the wish family, celebrity handlers and the celebrities themselves, as well as troubleshoot and assist the family with any special requests that may arise. A celebrity host will also document the wish experience by providing a written wish report describing the wish day experience.

Celebrity Host training takes place 2 times per year. Upcoming Celebrity Training is scheduled for:

November 10, 2018 10:00am to 11:30am
March 16, 2019 10:00am to 11:30am
November 9, 2019 10:00am to 11:30am

Sign up for Celebrity Host Training here


Ambassadors represent Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada at various community events to share information regarding our national and local history, our mission, how to refer a child and how the audience can get involved with our chapter. Ambassadors may be invited to speak with service organizations, corporations and schools, and will know in advance what is required for each presentation. As an Ambassador of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, you will educate audiences on the healing power of a wish! Also included in this training is Volunteer Trainer Training where you will become qualified to teach volunteer training classes.

Ambassador training takes place 2 times per year. Our 2019 Ambassador training is scheduled for:

Thursday, January 17 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Saturday, June 8 10:00am to 12:00pm

Sign up for Ambassador Training here

Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada
9950 Covington Cross Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89144
(702) 212-9474