Since 1980, Make-A-Wish® has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish® San Diego grants wishes to eligible children in San Diego and Imperial Counties. They rely on over 200 dedicated volunteers to grant the wishes of children in the San Diego region but are in urgent need of bilingual Spanish-speaking volunteers.

One of the biggest volunteer needs currently at Make-A-Wish® San Diego is for bilingual Spanish-speaking translators who can work directly with local wish families to help translate during their wish process. A translator’s primary role? To help understand and communicate the one true wish of a child with a critical illness, as well as the reason behind the child’s most heartfelt wish. Usually, the timeframe for a wish to be granted is between 6 to 9 months without a language barrier. When there is a language barrier, Spanish-speaking families have to wait longer for a bilingual volunteer to become available, therefore volunteer translators are integral in helping grant the wish of every eligible child without delay!

Now, Make-A-Wish San Diego is looking for as many bilingual Spanish-speaking volunteers as possible. Currently, 23% of all wish families are Spanish-speaking only as more kids are being referred to Make-A-Wish.

Interested volunteers can learn more at or call the office at (858) 707-9474.