When Leslie Aronovitz first fell in love with the mission of Make-A-Wish, she promised herself that she would look into volunteer opportunities when she retired. As fate would have it, Leslie was able to retire a few years later and immediately jumped at the chance to get involved with Make-A-Wish.
Leslie has put so much of herself into helping Make-A-Wish over the years. She currently serves as a wish granter and a special events volunteer. She also helps in the office and expresses how much she loves having her own volunteer job that she gets to work on each month. Her job is to help review wish files, and make sure that all of the funds spent on wishes are accounted for. She explains, “Being a former CPA, I was amazed at how careful Make-A-Wish is with managing its funds. In reviewing wish files, I found a niche where my expertise is used and valued. I love families—and numbers!”
For Leslie, the most rewarding moment she has experienced so far with Make-A-Wish is simply being around wish families. She explains, “Those who cope beautifully and those who struggle, and everyone in between—are all so inspiring. The thought of bringing such immense joy into their world, and asking for little in return, makes every moment spent with wish families incredibly rewarding.”
If she could have one true wish, Leslie would wish to take a year off and tour the world with her husband. She explains, “My husband and I travel a lot, but there are so many places and cultures we have yet to visit.” She lives by the quote: “Happiness in life is completely contingent on how you handle plan B.” Leslie always looks for the good in every situation which makes her an incredible woman and volunteer.