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Volunteer Spotlight

Emily Cortright

 Emily

We are thrilled to recognize Emily Cortright as our Volunteer of the Month!  Emily moved to North Texas almost five years ago after completing a work rotation in Southern California.  She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Emily spent four years after college working for GE Aviation and left the corporate world to pursue entrepreneurship when she left California.  She is currently a full time real estate investor with a focus on flipping houses, self-managing single-family rentals, and syndicating apartment complex purchases.  Emily holds her real estate license through Keller Williams Southlake, where she takes an active role in the efforts to give back to the community and the company’s agents.  She is also the co-chair for a charity golf tournament that benefits a local organization called Spokes4Hope. Emily’s other hobbies include outdoor adventure sports, general aviation/flying and physical fitness. 

How long have you been involved with Make-A-Wish and how did you first get started?

One of my colleagues at KW Southlake, Shelly Koehler, is a wish granter and invited our agents to volunteer at a Make-A-Wish event held at our office in March 2017.  That was my first introduction to Make-A-Wish, and there was so much interest from all of us that attended to get more involved that we had our own wish granter training session at our office in April 2017.  I signed up to work with my first wish child in June of 2017 and am currently working on my third wish.

Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience.

One four-year-old wish child that I worked with loves the Minions.  We held his send-off party at Main Event Entertainment in North Fort Worth, where the staff rolled out the red carpet for him.  There was a life-size claw machine in the arcade area with huge stuffed Minions, and the staff let him go inside the claw machine to lay on all the stuffed characters and pick his favorite Minion to take home.  The smile on his face was priceless and I was so impressed with how much the staff helped make the experience even more memorable.

What tips or advice do you have for others not sure about getting involved?

The thing that I like the most about volunteering with Make-A-Wish, and what made me more comfortable when I went through the training, is the flexibility for us to determine our workload.  I started by working with one wish child at a time to get used to the process and understand the time requirement.  As I get more comfortable and efficient, I’ll be able to help with more wishes each year.

I was so impressed with how much the staff helped make the experience even more memorable ”

— Emily Cortright

Carolyn Thomas

 Carolyn

We are thrilled to recognize our second Volunteer of the Month, the wonderful Carolyn Thomas.  Carolyn is an empty nester, and after 25 years of being stay-at-home mom, she is excited about returning to the workforce.  Carolyn is the proud mom of three adult kids. She enjoys game nights, hiking, watching sports, all forms of the arts and volunteering at church.

How long have you been involved with Make-A-Wish and how did you first get started?

I began volunteering for Make-A-Wish early in 2017.  Volunteering for this organization has always been my desire, because I love the mission.  I first learned about Make-A-Wish over 30 years ago when my husband's family member received a wish.

Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience.

My favorite volunteer experience was granting a wish for sweet Adam.  Having the opportunity to interact with Adam, and seeing his pure excitement and joy when he received "mail" from Mickey leading up to his Disney trip, was priceless.  I also loved spending time with his mom and realizing how much Adam’s wish meant to their family, especially her. The wish truly made things a little lighter for them, if only for a little while.

What tips or advice do you have for others not sure about getting involved?

Initially, I was hesitant about being a wish granter and having direct contact with the families.  Now, it almost feels selfish to say, but you get back so much more than you could ever give, and it personally reminds me of how blessed I am.  Granting wishes is very humbling, and it is a privilege to be a part of bringing these moments of happiness to the kids and their families.

It is a privilege to be a part of bringing these moments of happiness to the kids and their families ”

— Carolyn Thomas

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  • For the second straight year, our friends Garrett, Jacklyn & Tristan helped make bags of cotton candy at Frenship ISD Elementary School in Lubbock as a part of the Kids For Wish Kids program. So far, they've raised over $3,300 to help grant more local wishes! Thank you to everyone who supported this fantastic fundraiser. To get your children or students involved with Kids For Wish Kids, please visit http://ntx.wish.org/ways-to-help/fundraising/kids-for-wish-kids. Happy #FeelGoodFriday!
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