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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 our Community Engagement Specialist at and tell us why they deserve a shout out. Thanks again for all that you do.

Eric Hungate

Eric Hungate, a compassionate and hard-working volunteer in our Triad region, does not fall short on his share of achievements for the organization.  Over the last 14 years, Hungate has been a part of wish-granting and Make-A-Wish committees throughout various state chapters in America, including Eastern NC in 2005, Philadelphia in 2008, and Central & Western NC starting in 2014.  His commitments range from Make-A-Wish walk committees to his biggest achievement working with our Chapter’s Founder, Jerry Clark, to develop the Bags to Wishes corn hole tournament fundraiser in the Triad. Hungate is not shy when it comes to the development and organization of some of the chapter’s biggest fundraisers, but that is not what he says is the biggest reward.

According to Hungate, who was involved in a development committee in Raleigh at the time, he became inspired to volunteer with Make-A-Wish, when his brother launched a marketing campaign for it through Domino’s Pizza. As Hungate's committee decided to do the same he himself wanted to be invested more when he heard about all the wishes being granted and thought it sounded like fun. He began the training process and started granting wishes right away saying, "Kids are always a soft spot in my heart and seeing kids that are sick hits hard."  Amazed by the difference he made in every child's life at Make-A-Wish, Hungate continued his volunteer work each time he moved, from Raleigh, to Philadelphia, to Greensboro where he currently resides; and he did it while diligently increasing his volunteer responsibilities each time.  Currently in Greensboro Hungate remains a wish granter and is also a chair member for the Bags to Wishes committee which is in its 3rd year running thanks to Hungate.

His most memorable wish with our chapter occurred last year the Kentucky Derby Classic when a child's wish to go to a Ferrari Plant was revealed, much to the families delight.  "To see a child's wish granted in front of all those people ... that's pretty unforgettable." Hungate himself says having children of his own makes his work doubly impactful and allows him to empathize with the families of Make-A-Wish. "I haven't gone through what they've gone through but if I can make a small difference in their lives just to help them get through another day, another treatment, grant their wishes, that's the most important thing to me."  And it is this genuine, passionate, and dedicated personality of Hungate that has touched many lives through his work with Make-A-Wish.  When asked what Hungate would tell others about Make-A-Wish, Hungate replied that his desire is for everyone to know and support what Make-A-Wish is really all about. "We don't just take kids on trips, we make a difference." 

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