Make-A-Wish North Texas is thrilled to honor Paige Kelly (right) as one of our volunteers of the month. Paige was introduced to Make-A-Wish through her involvement in Chi Omega, and she has been involved ever since. Paige is a full time home maker, and she enjoys traveling, reading and writing, leading a women’s bible study and spending time with family and friends. Paige also serves on the Dallas Regional Council and had the opportunity to serve as the Walk for Wishes Chair. Thank you for commitment to Make-A-Wish, Paige!
How long have you been involved with Make-A-Wish and how did you first get started?
I got involved with the Make-A-Wish through my Chi Omega philanthropy at Texas Christian University and fell in love with the organization and everything it stood for. I have always had a heart for non-profit organizations, and in 2006 I applied for a secretarial position at the Make-A-Wish Fort Worth office. I worked there for four years, eventually becoming Director of Development for the Fort Worth region, and when I had my oldest daughter, I decided to take a step back and volunteer.
Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience.
I have had so many amazing experiences with Make-A-Wish, so it is truly is hard to choose just one. One of my favorites includes taking part in a Star Wars Jedi Training Disney wish for one of our precious wish children, Parker. From start to finish, the involvement with the community and 501st Legion, to the amazing wish reveal through the school- everything made an imprint on not only my heart but the hearts of many others. These children are truly the heart of this foundation and why I love being a part of these stories!
What tips or advice do you have for others not sure about getting involved?
Make-A-Wish encompasses so much good and so much joy, and I am so proud and honored to be involved with helping make a difference in a child's life. The Foundation is wonderfully led, and the staff is so helpful in allowing volunteers to find their niche and helping guide and apply those skills in to areas where they will be successful. Becoming a wish granter is life changing, and each child leaves a stamp on your heart.