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Do you know someone with the Wish of a Lifetime?

November 15, 2021

Heart2Heart is on a quest for wishes!

We’ve partnered with AARP’s Wish of a Lifetime, which helps people fulfill lifelong goals. The organization aligns with Heart2Heart’s core values of connecting with those in isolation to restore purpose and provide hope.

We’re asking our volunteers and family caregivers to tell us about the wishes of their loved ones and senior friends. We know that those who regularly interact with our senior saints and who hear their most interesting life stories will be best equipped to uncover a special wish.

Wish of a Lifetime has granted more than 2,000 wishes since it was founded in 2008. Our new friend and Wish Ambassador Ivonhe Mantilla (who just became a Heart2Heart volunteer!) said that the wishes that have bene granted over the years have varied greatly.

“The wishes are very eclectic,” Ivonhe said. “There’s no limit.”

Wishes usually fall into one of four categories: renewing and celebrating passions, such as longstanding hobbies and activities; connecting with loved ones; commemorating a senior’s service to the country; and fulfilling lifelong dreams, allowing the recipient to do something for the first time.

If you’d like to honor a senior saint but aren’t sure what they would wish for, Wish of a Lifetime recommends you learn more about their story. Ask your friend or loved one about their favorite experiences and what passions or hobbies they pursued throughout their lifetime. Ask them to tell you about the important people in their lives.

If you know of a specific wish, please contact us at 954-315-2218! We will help submit the wish to be reviewed and vetted by Wish of a Lifetime.

Wish recipients should be 65 years or older and be a U.S. citizen or documented resident.

 

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Heart2Heart volunteers must be background checked and trained. Our training can be completed from your home on your computer or device, through the online Volunteer Portal. We run fingerprints in our office in Fort Lauderdale, and you can schedule an appointment with us after you finish the training.

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We extended his front row seat so you can listen to Lillian’s stories too.

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Some of our team got new roles, too. Check out all the details about that — and our new office!