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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight

We would like to recognize volunteers that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make the wish experience memorable for our Wish Families. Each month we will be thanking one of our dedicated volunteers with a short write-up.

All of our volunteers are simply amazing, and we thank you deeply for your involvement with Make-A-Wish. To nominate a fellow volunteer, please email Community Engagement Specialist Annalise Sansouci at and tell us why they deserve a shout out. Thanks again for all that you do.


Mel Ames 

For this month’s volunteer spotlight, we are excited to feature Mel Ames who first got involved with Make-A-Wish through our annual Wish Ball gala. After the first event she attended, she was hooked and wanted to get more involved. She has been a part of the Wish Ball committee for two years and also served as the committee’s chair. Although she enjoys dressing up for the big event, she says that she is actually much more comfortable in hiking shoes and shorts and her favorite Make-A-Wish event is the Trailblaze Challenge. She loves the outdoors and has enjoyed training for, participating in and also volunteering for the event. The Ames family enjoys spreading the word to friends and neighbors who are now Wish Ball attendees, Trailblazers and wish granters! 

For Mel, the most rewarding part of her Make-A-Wish involvement is “meeting kids and families whose lives have been enhanced by Make-A-Wish and knowing that I am contributing to their happiness and this great organization.” If she could have one wish herself, it would be that all people would cherish every moment and every person we have on our beautiful planet with clarity and consciousness.

Make-A-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina
1131 Harding Place
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 339-0334
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