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Help Fulfill a Lifelong Dream

Through AARP’s Wish of a Lifetime program, you can help older adults realize their lifelong dreams and share their stories to inspire people of all ages. By granting a wish, you can make a powerful and positive impact on a senior’s health and happiness.

As a volunteer, you can:

Discover & Nominate
Help find and nominate deserving seniors for wish fulfillment.

Share & Inspire
Learn about deserving seniors and share their inspirational life stories.

Help Grant Wishes
Pitch in and get creative in helping a wide range of wishes come true.

Have Fun & Make Friends
Enjoy joining other volunteers in this fun and rewarding program.

Volunteer Roles

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have no in-person volunteer opportunities available at this time.  Please  explore these virtual opportunities to make a difference and volunteer safely from home.

Cupid Crew Volunteer 2022

Volunteer from Home 

Brighten up Valentine’s Day for older adults in your community.  Since 2014, Wish of a Lifetime has organized a national movement that empowers volunteers across the United States to spread love on Valentine’s Day through delivering a rose to an older adult or decorating postcards that Wish of a Lifetime will send to older adults across the nation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 volunteer opportunity will be virtual. Volunteers can participate by visiting our website to download, print, and decorate cards to send across the country or deliver to older adults in local community. 


  • Annually: Next opportunity will be in February 2022

Please fill out a volunteer interest form or contact us at to learn more.

Validation Committee  

Volunteer from Home  

The Validation Committee is an integral part of Wish of a Lifetime’s wish assessment and fulfillment process.  As a committee member volunteers play a key role in determining which wishes are granted and help the organization stay focused and mission oriented. Volunteers are responsible for participating in validation calls, reviewing wishes, and providing recommendations for wish granting based on Wish of a Lifetime criteria.


  • Complete validation committee orientation and training to become familiar with organization
  • Strong communication skills  
  • Access to the internet, email, and Microsoft Teams for meetings


  • Validation Meetings are weekly, alternating Mondays/Tuesdays, at 6pm MST via Microsoft Teams 
  • Committee members only review wishes on the weeks they have signed up to participate.  
  • Minimum requirement of 2 meetings per month 

Please fill out a volunteer interest form or contact us at to learn more.

Volunteer Leads

Location: Nationwide  

Wish of a Lifetime is currently looking for a select group of passionate volunteers to take leadership in Wish of a Lifetime’s 2021 initiatives and beyond. This position will connect with Wish of a Lifetime staff on a regular and as-needed basis and will be empowered to recruit, organize, train, and support their own network of volunteers. Volunteer Leads may opt in to work with a specific volunteer opportunity or to support volunteers in other opportunities. Volunteer leads can anticipate guidance, training and mutual support from Wish of a Lifetime staff and will be asked to make a multi-year commitment.


  • Enough technology skills to email, organize, and effectively access AARP’s volunteer portal
  • Friendly and patient communication skills to support and problem solve with volunteers
  • Deep understanding and appreciation for Wish of a Lifetime’s mission to shift perceptions on aging


  • Approximately 10-20 hours per week
  • At least one mandatory meeting per week

Please fill out a volunteer interest form or contact us at to learn more.

Wish Ambassador

Location: Be a Wish Ambassador in your city today! 

Wish Ambassadors help support Wish of a Lifetime’s mission to shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages through the entire wish process. Wish Ambassadors will play a major role in nominating older adults in their community with assistance from the National Field team. To source a wish, a volunteer will:

  • Identify a minimum of one deserving older adult to nominate each year.
  • Commit to learn and ask questions about the individual’s life experiences, passions, and important people in their life. 
  • Once a wish is determined, submit the application at


  • Attend virtual Volunteer Orientation (30 minutes) 
  • Attend monthly virtual Wish Ambassador meetings (30 minutes) 
  • Access to internet, email, and Microsoft Teams for meetings. 


  • Approximately 5-10 hours per month

Please fill out a volunteer interest form or contact us at to learn more.

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