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Our Chapter 

Our Mission

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina Territory

Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina serves 51 counties in North Carolina from Burlington (Alamance County) to the west.

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina has granted more than 5,500 wishes since its inception in 1985. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness.

Our Local Impact

Since our founding in 1985, our chapter has granted over 5,500 wishes. Over 250 wishes granted every year. 

Emma posing with Mermaid Shannon outside of the pool

A wish is a necessary part of the medical treatment journey, improved the odds of survival, provided a support system and better health outcomes, and gave the child a better chance of recovering from their critical illness.  

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina grants wishes for children with critical illnesses at a time when they need it the most. The majority of Make-A-Wish alumni, parents, and medical providers overwhelmingly agree that the wish experience contributes substantially to physical, mental, and emotional health. 

Check out the 2022 Wish Impact Study for more details. 

Our Board


Terri Zandhuis

Board Chair

Chief People Officer, Krispy Kreme
Steve Baruch - CWNC

Steve Baruch

Vice Chair

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, MSC Industrial
Glenn Tynan - CWNC

Glenn Tynan


Retired Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Curtiss Wright
Wendy Barnes

Wendy Barnes


CEO, RxBenefits
Peter Smul - CWNC

Peter Smul

Governance Chair

Chief Operating Officer, Varda Partners

Our Staff

Jacqueline Howells

Jacqueline Howells

Sr. Director of Business Operations

My Wish
"I wish to be a Peleton Instructor and co-instruct a class with Cody Rigsby."

Media Center

Access news releases, and learn more about local wish stories.

Wish kid Shanya

Our Stories

Learn more about local wish kids and their wishes

Wish kid Tre'Mars

News Releases

View our latest news releases to learn about major wish-granting events, sponsorships, campaigns, and other news.

Wish kid Jackson and Joell

In the News & Blogs 

Newspaper and magazine articles, blogs, and other media often tell stories about wishes. 

Managing Our Funds

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina finances endeavors through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants and individual contributions. However, we do not solicit funds by telephone and receive no federal or state funding. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our financial statements are audited locally by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.  

For full financial details please review our most recent Audited Financial Statements or our latest 990.

FY21 Financials

FY21 990


Careers & Internships

At Make-A-Wish, we are more than a great place to work — our work is life-changing. We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who, through a mosaic of backgrounds, thought and experiences, are united in purposeful work. We are fueled and guided by our values — values that are represented in the inspired people we work with and the life-changing work we do, every day. 

We are currently hiring for: Office Manager, Medical Outreach and Intake Manager, and Corporate & Events Intern


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Office Hours

Office Hours are to be the following:

Monday – Thursday: 9-4 PM EST
Friday – By appointment only.

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