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Experience the joy of helping others during their time of greatest need by becoming an Adopt-A-Wish partner.

Each year hundreds of children are diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions throughout Vermont. When a child is diagnosed, their world suddenly collapses. They are robbed of a carefree childhood and are forced to deal with realities that no child should have to undergo. Once filled with school, play, extracurricular activities and time with friends, their new reality is a constant string of doctor appointments, frightening and sometimes painful tests, surgical procedures and hospital stays.

So, imagine the joy, elation and gratitude that these children and families experience when they receive an unconditional wish. This gift is unparalleled and unique to Make-A-Wish®. It is something that no medicine, no doctors and no nurses can provide.

And, you can help by becoming an Adopt-A-Wish partner!

The Adopt-A-Wish Investment

The Adopt-A-Wish program offers the ultimate connection to your giving by partnering your philanthropic investment with a specific child's heartfelt wish.

Anyone can adopt a wish!  Individuals, families, businesses, schools, service and civic clubs can contribute to the Adopt-A-Wish program. We share a list of adoptable wishes you can choose from after you’ve made your gift.

Adopt-A-Wish Benefits

All Adopt-A-Wish donors will receive the following benefits:

  • The joy of knowing you have helped fulfill a wish and created lasting memories for a child and family during their time of greatest need.
  • Assistance from a Make-A-Wish representative who will help you engage more deeply if you’d like.
  • A wish report with special details about the wish you helped to make possible.
  • A commemorative keepsake.
  • Recognition for your support online at

If you are a company, adopting a wish can enhance employee engagement, attract consumers, build brand value and brand loyalty.

How Can I Make a Difference

For the children, families and our community, your support can make all the difference.

Our vision is a wish for every eligible child in Vermont—yet we are only halfway there. Right now, for every child who receives the life-affirming gift of a wish experience, there is another child we are still trying to reach.

To adopt a wish, or for more information, please contact us at 802.864.9393 or email [email protected].

The Founders Fund was established by the Vermont Chapter's Board of Directors as a way to honor past board members, particularly those members who founded this organization more than 20 years ago.

This Fund will sponsor local Vermont wishes once it reaches the $150,000 threshold. This is our third "wish in perpetuity" fund and our challenge is to reach that goal of $150,000 to ensure we continue to grant wishes to deserving children. In the past, donors could not restrict a gift of less than $3,000 to sponsor a wish. This Fund makes it possible to restrict a gift at the $500 level.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Founders Fund, please contact ust at 802.864.9393.

Thank you to the members of the first official Make-A-Wish® Vermont Board of Directors for founding the Vermont chapter:

Dr. Paul Berkner Roger Crouse
Sheara Billado Martha Haskell
Lorna Bishop Dennis Jones
Judy Borda Walt Levering
Betty Bouchard Carol Narkewicz
Daniel Brown Shelley Richardson
Bill Cohen Janet Stackpole

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Make-A-Wish® Vermont
431 Pine Street
Suite 214
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-9393
Wish Emergency Cell Phone (802) 399-6394