Mission: We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Vision: Northern Iowa Wishmakers partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Cedar Valley to put on various fundraisers on the Campus of the University of Northern Iowa and within the community in an effort to raise money for our goal of granting a wish to a child within the area.
Location: 1227 West 27th Street; Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0167
Who we are: Northern Iowa Wishmakers is a group that was formed on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls who partner heavily with the Make A Wish Foundation of the Cedar Valley and Make A Wish Iowa. This organization started in the year of 2010 as a student project, hosting the event “Swishes-for-Wishes”. The event did so well that the next it was decided to make a university recognized group out of what once was a student project. In the year of 2011, it was decided to expand the list of fundraising events, adding “Flippin-for-Wishes”, which is a pancake breakfast that is hosted at the local HuHot. Northern Iowa Wishmakers, since it’s beginning has grown to be a student organization that hosts 3 main events per year, adding in smaller fundraisers located across the Cedar Valley in effort to increase our fundraising each year. We educate and inform the students of UNI about what we do by holding various tabling/outreach events to engage students on how about how to get involved. Northern Iowa Wishmakers also post fliers around campus and attend various student organization meetings to create a voice for kids everywhere have had their lives changed by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Our hope in the near future is to create smaller fundraisers and recruitment events across campus and within the community to educate students and community members about who we are and what we do. If you have any suggestions as to what we can do to better or enhance our organization please visit our “Contact Us” tab and get a hold of us TODAY!
Why we do it: This organization, Northern Iowa Wishmakers stands for something greater than any initial thought can comprehend. Not only do we help enrich lives for the time being while they are on their “wish” but their lives are forever changed. It is more than just the wish that enriches their life but it is the actions that are taken to get them to that point. The people along the way that selflessly put themselves out there to do whatever they can to make that child’s life better is something that these children will never forget. To be that person or group of people that have helped a child fulfill his or her lifelong dream is a true miracle and to know what you have done to make their light shine makes even your heart cry with tears of happiness. To know that you have been a change agent in a child’s life is something so powerful that words can not explain the feeling and emotions that are rushing through your mind and body. They will forever look up to you and you will forever be their hero. More than that, you have just started a chain reaction with this child for which they have the power to keep it going. This child will want to go good to others the way that you have done well to them. One person starting a chain reaction can turn into a thousand people taking action all over the world to make that change. Below are the chain reactors of the Northern Iowa Wishmakers!