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Media Kit

This info kit provides facts and statistics about our local chapter, as well as contact information for all our offices and information about volunteering, donating and referring a child.

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Facts

  • Make-A-Wish® is a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
  • Make-A-Wish was founded in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. A small group of people helped to make a very ill boy achieve his wish to be a state trooper for a day. Currently, there are 61 chapters in the US and more than 36 international affiliates.
  • The local organization —Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia — was founded in May 1983 in Pittsburgh, PA. Its first wish child Bryan, a 7-year-old cancer patient, wanted to visit his favorite uncle in Texas for one of his famous piggy-back rides. Bryan lived for nearly six years after his wish was fulfilled.
  • Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia was once five chapters that began to operate jointly in January 2000, in November 2003, in September 2005 and again in September 2013. It includes 57 counties in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania and 23 counties of southern West Virginia. The chapter is headquartered in Pittsburgh and has seven regional offices in Erie, Pottsville, Punxsutawney, Scranton and York, Pa., and Charleston and Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Make-A-Wish has grown steadily with the help of nearly 900 volunteers. Thirteen wishes were fulfilled in 1983. In fiscal year 2016, the local chapter fulfilled 701 wishes. To date, more than 17,000 wishes have been fulfilled.
  • One of the most popular wishes is for a trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida. Other popular wishes include computers, swimming pools, trips to Hawaii, shopping sprees and celebrity meetings.
  • Wishes have a life-changing impact on our kids and their families. According to a 2011 study commissioned by Make-A-Wish® America, a combined 89% of health professionals, social workers and child life specialists said they believe the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health. 98% of parents felt the wish experience gave them the opportunity to be a “normal” family again.
  • The entire family is invited to be part of the wish experience, knowing that parents and siblings need magic just as much as the wish child.
  • Make-A-Wish has a variety of donor programs including Wishmakers At Work® for the workplace, and Kids For Wish Kids® and Wishmakers On Campus® for students.
  • Donors may participate in our Wishmaker® recognition program. A Wishmaker is a person, foundation or corporation that contributes a minimum of $4,400 -- enough to completely fund one wish. The Wishmaker amount, $4,400, is based on the cost of our most popular wish, a one-week trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort for a family of four. 100% of these funds are dedicated toward wish expenses.  Wishmakers receive full details of the wish they underwrite and are listed in our newsletter, annual report and web site. Wishmakers also receive a Wishmaker plaque designed by one of our wish children.
  • Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is administered by a 17 to 25 member Board of Directors and a professional staff.
  • Make-A-Wish does not engage in telemarketing or door-to-door solicitation.

Statistics

Most Requested Wishes

 Walt Disney Resorts & Disney Cruises       

 50%
Gifts/Shopping Sprees  22%
Other Travel  22%
Celebrity Meetings  6%

Funding Sources

Individuals                                                       44%
Corporations/Foundation/Trusts                  40%
Schools/Universities  5%
Organizations/Churches  11%

Allocation of Expenses/Costs

Program Services                                            85.6%
Fund Raising    9.8%
Administration    4.6%

Most Requested Wishes

Disney Resorts                                                 349 
Hawaii   33
Other Travel   70
International Travel   26
Shopping Sprees or Parties   49
Other Gifts   76
Cruises   25
Celebrity Meetings  39
Play sets/Play houses   23
Swimming Pools   8
Occupational “I want to be…” 3
Total  701

Volunteers

Wish Granting                                                  815
Total  884


Offices

Headquarters 

The Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street, 37th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938
(800) 676-9474 (phone)
(412) 471-9705 (fax)
email@pawv.wish.org
Counties Served: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland 

Charleston Regional Office
888 Oakwood Road
Oakwood Center Suite 330
Charleston, WV 25314
(304) 342-9474 (phone)
(304) 345-6568 (fax)
Counties Served:  Boone, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne, Wirt, Wyoming

Erie Regional Office
1001 State Street, Suite 502
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 868-9474 (phone)
(814) 866-0490 (fax)
Counties Served: Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, Warren

Morgantown Regional Office
913 Canyon Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
(304) 292-5600 (phone)
(304) 292-5697 (fax)
(888) 808-9474 (toll free)
Counties served: Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tyler, Tucker, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel and Wood

Pottsville Regional Office
518 Harrison Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
(570) 622-6962 (phone)
(570) 622-3644 (fax)
Counties Served: Berks, Carbon, Columbia, Juniata, Lehigh, Mifflin, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union 

Punxsutawney Regional Office
109 North Findley Street
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
(814) 938-8888 (phone)
(814) 938-3431 (fax)
Counties Served: Blair, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, McKean, Potter  

Scranton Regional Office
327 North Washington Avenue, Suite 501
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 341-9474 (phone)
(570) 341-9448 (fax)
Counties Served: Bradford, Lackawana, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming

York Regional Office
2951 Whiteford Road, Suite 304
York, PA 17402
(717) 757-9474 (phone)
(717) 840-0222 (fax)
Counties Served:  Adams, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, York

Volunteering

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, please call our Volunteer Coordinator at 1-800-676-WISH. Read on to learn about volunteer opportunities and requirements.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteers are an integral part of fulfilling wishes. As a member of a “wish team,” you will meet with the family, determine the wish and act as a liaison to the Make-A-Wish staff during the wish process.
  • Volunteers also help at special events such as golf tournaments, haunted houses and dances.
  • Volunteers help with fundraising programs by attending Wishmakers At Work® and Kids For Wish Kids® programs as well as events to represent Make-A-Wish to people in their local community (see “Donating”).
  • Volunteers help in the different Make-A-Wish® offices (Pittsburgh, Charleston, Erie, Morgantown, Pottsville, Punxsutawney, Scranton and York) with mailings, phone calls, filing, special projects and other office support as needed.

Volunteer Requirements

  • All volunteers must agree to abide by the policies and procedures of Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
  • All wish volunteers must be 21 or older.
  • Anyone who wants to volunteer must complete an application and obtain the appropriate state criminal history background check. All forms are provided by Make-A-Wish.
  • All new volunteers must attend a one-on-one interview/orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator or a Regional Office Manager.
  • All new volunteers must attend eight full hours of training (week nights or Saturdays).
  • Newly-trained wish volunteers will agree to be part of a “wish team” and complete two to three wishes as a “trainee.”
  • All wish volunteers will complete a mandatory refresher course every two years.

Donating

Anyone interested in making a donation to Make-A-Wish®, please call the office at 1-800-676-WISH and a member of the fund raising staff will be happy to help you.  Any donor that contributes a minimum of $4,400 is considered a Wishmaker®.  Please see our fact sheet for more details.

An overview of our different fund raising programs follows:

KIDS FOR WISH KIDS®, WISHMAKERS ON CAMPUS® and GRADUATION PROJECTS

These are fund raising programs geared exclusively for students at both the elementary, middle and high schools levels (Kids For Wish Kids) and colleges and universities (Wishmakers on Campus).  High school students are encouraged to host a Make-A-Wish fundraiser to fulfill requirements for their graduation projects.  

WISHMAKERS AT WORK®

Wishmakers At Work is a fundraising program that allows employees of a company or business to join together and design an event or workplace campaign appropriate to their work environment. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Planning and coordinating a special event, like a golf tournament or car wash, can be an exciting and challenging experience. Because state law mandates that all charitable special events be registered with the charity, please call our office at 1-800-676-9474.

TRIBUTES AND MEMORIAL DONATIONS

A donation to Make-A-Wish can be the perfect way to commemorate birthdays or anniversaries, celebrate births or remember a recently deceased friend or relative. 

WISHES IN FLIGHT® 

If you have unused air miles with Delta, US Airways and United/Continental, you hold the ticket to a child’s wish.  Travel is the biggest wish granting expense, and we turn donated miles into free flights for the kids. And once donated, they never expire.

UNITED WAY/COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN/SECA

Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia is not a United Way agency, but we do participate in its Contributor's Choice program in many of the counties we serve. For example, our Contributor's Choice code for United Way of Allegheny County is #913.

Federal and state government employees may also contribute to Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish is listed under Children 1st America's Charities for national and local members participating in workplace campaigns. Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a workplace-giving campaign that includes all federal employees: civilian employees, military personnel and postal workers. The CFC campaign code is #11375.

Pennsylvania state employees can contribute through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) by using the code designated for Make-A-Wish: #5000-0049.

MATCHING GIFTS

Contact your company's human resource department to see if Make-A-Wish qualifies for a company matched gift. This is a great opportunity to increase and even double your contribution

ENDOWMENT AND PLANNED GIVING

Make-A-Wish accepts gifts of cash, stocks, bonds and other securities; bequests; charitable remainder trusts; charitable lead trusts; gifts of life insurance and some other types of planned gifts.  Gifts to our endowment will receive annual recognition in perpetuity.

Referring A Child

We need you to help us find the children who qualify for our magic. Anyone can contact us about how to refer a child—but children are qualified by the child’s physician. Life-threatening medical conditions which generally qualify include, but are not limited to, various forms of cancer, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy and transplants. Generally, children with chronic conditions such as diabetes or developmental delays do not qualify. The economic background of the family is not a consideration for qualification. To refer a child, please fill out and mail or fax the following form or call 1-800-676-WISH.

Click here to learn more about referring a child and who is eligible for a wish.

Mission statement

Latest Status Update

  • Yesterday, 18-year-old wish kid Connor was granted his most heartfelt wish to be an astrophysicist at NASA. While there, he spent the day with NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim as he learned what goes on behind the scenes at NASA's Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control Center. During high school, Connor’s favorite classes were always math and science, and he is headed to college in the fall to study astrophysics. Who knows, maybe Connor will work for NASA one day, too. Thanks for your help in granting Connor's wish, Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana!
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Inc.
The Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street, 37th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938
(412) 471-9474
Toll Free (800) 676-9474
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Southern West Virginia Office
888 Oakwood Centre
Suite 330
Charleston, WV 25314
(304) 342-9474
Toll Free (800) 664-9474
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Northern West Virginia Office
913 Canyon Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
(304) 292-5600
Toll Free (888) 808-9474
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