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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 Annie Ballweg at and tell us why they deserve a shout out. Thanks again for all that you do.


Karen and Rick Jarvis

This power couple’s favorite quote by Rosa Nouchette Carey is the perfect description of their time with Make-A-Wish: “Do it with passion, or not at all.” As volunteer wish granters since 2007, Karen and Rick Jarvis have been passionately granting wishes and dedicating their time to our chapter of Make-A-Wish. The married couple from Asheboro, N.C. first heard of Make-A-Wish when a wish to swim with dolphins was to be granted at Karen’s workplace, the North Carolina Zoo. There, Karen had her first experience observing what it meant to grant a wish and she was hooked. She remembers, “At the end of the day the father gave me a hug with tears in his eyes and said it was the best day they had in a long time. I knew at that moment this was what I wanted to be a part of.  I wanted to be a wish granter; I wanted to help bring joy to the lives of these special families.” Soon after Karen started volunteering, Rick jumped on board to complete the dream team they are today.   

According to Karen and Rick, meeting and bonding with the wish families is the best part of the wish process. From discovering the child’s one true wish to sending the family off and getting that wish granted, Karen and Rick find the buildup and excitement of each and every wish to be incredibly rewarding. They say, “Seeing the smile and joy on the faces of the wish child and their family is why we love being wish granters. When we hear ‘Best day ever’ out of wish child’s mouth or the mom or dad gives us a hug and thanks us it just melts our hearts.”

Over the past decade, Karen and Rick’s love of wish granting has grown immeasurably and their dedication to helping wish families has remained unwavering. Knowing that what small part they played made a huge difference in someone’s life and their wish experience means everything to them. 

Make-A-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina
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Charlotte, NC 28204
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