Make-A-Wish North Texas is thrilled to honor Claire Williams as our Volunteer of the Month. Claire is the middle child of five kids. She is studying Business, Supply Chain Management, at Texas Tech University and is a senior this year. Claire is also an intern for CH Robinson, which is a world-wide logistics company. When she is not doing school work or planning something for Make-A-Wish, she enjoys visiting national parks, going to Texas Tech sporting events and spending time with friends and family. Claire is Catholic and enjoys going to church and furthering her faith as well. Thank you for all that you do, Claire!
How long have you been involved with Make-A-Wish, and how did you first get started?
I have been volunteering for Make-A-Wish for three years now. I first got started when I read a Wishmakers on Campus flyer my sophomore year and decided to go to the meeting. I had no prior knowledge of the foundation at the time, since I grew up in a small town, but it has turned out to be the greatest of my college involvements. I signed up for my first wish right after I joined the organization and just signed up for my 5th wish recently. I am very excited to continue to volunteer for Make-A-Wish after graduation.
Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience.
My favorite experience was planning an art party in Lubbock for wish kids and their families. Having about 20 wish families in the same room when everyone comes from different backgrounds, have different diagnosis and life situations, was unforgettable. I spoke with one family who has a nonverbal child, and seeing her gratitude for Make-A-Wish brought me so much joy. To hear a mother talk about how every day with their child is a blessing and just how grateful she was for donors and Make-A-Wish volunteers that made their family’s wish possible, was a significant moment as a volunteer.
What tips or advice do you have for others who are not sure about getting involved?
Just go for it! There are plenty of people to help you along the way. The only thing that is keeping the wish kids and their families from the wish is finding volunteers who have the time to give. These kids deserve their wish and they need our help making that possible, so go for it! I promise you will have a positive, life changing experience.