Who is eligible to be a wish maker?
Military members and/or their dependents can apply with the following criteria:
- Ranks E1-E6
- On full-time active duty status, AGR, or activated reserves with orders for 31 or more days.
- Any branch of service, including Alaska Guard and Coast Guard
- Permanently stationed in Alaska
Are single service member eligible?
Yes. This program is not limited to families.
Who can submit an application?
Applications must be submitted by the service member, or by their dependent. Dependents can complete the application on behalf of their household, but should be sure to provide the service member’s information as directed on the application. Please only submit one application per household.
What’s the application period?
Wishes will be accepted October 12–November 12, 2022.
Is the information I submit confidential?
Any personal information you provide will not be shared outside our organization without your permission. If you are matched with a wish granter, at some point, some personal information will need to be exchanged in order to make your wish come true. We have made an effort to provide you with as much control over what is publicly shared as possible, and to be transparent about what form fields will be publicly displayed. Specific information, such as your name and contact info will only be shared with a wish granter if you chose to have them initiate contact.
How will my information be used?
The application we provide asks for a variety of information, some of which will be shared publicly. The wish listings that will be available for the community to see will not include your name, email, phone number, or address. What will be displayed is the service member’s rank, branch of service, and region, your wish, your story if provided, and your contact and delivery preferences exactly as they are listed on the application. If you are matched with a wish granter, your first name and email may be provided to them, depending on the contact method you have chosen. If you would like to see how wish makers’ requests will be shared with the community, please see the samples we have provided at our volunteer portal here.
Are there limitations to what I can request for my wish?
Outside of requests that are inappropriate for public consumption, there are no rules or limitations. We do advise you to be sensible with your expectations. You can certainly wish for a 2-week European vacation for a family of 8, but there is a strong likelihood such a wish may not be granted.
Is there a guarantee that my wish will be granted?
Much like sharing your Christmas wishes with Santa, there are no guarantees that your wish will be granted, or be granted exactly as you have requested. If you are matched with a Wish Granter, we encourage you to have an open mind.
What are my obligations for participating in this program?
As a wish maker, your obligations are as follows:
- Be courteous and respectful in your communications with your Wish Granter.
- Inform the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska if you want to withdraw from the program.
- Respond to the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska when we follow up with you about your experience.
Can I withdraw from the program once I have submitted an application?
Yes. You can withdraw at any time, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you want to be removed from the program. If you have already been matched and have made contact with your Wish Granter, you will need to notify them you are withdrawing from the program.
Can I refuse a match?
Yes, you can refuse a match. We ask that if you choose to decline the match, that you let your wish granter know, and that you be kind and respectful. You will also need to contact the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska if you would like your wish to be re-listed.