Volunteers are the heart of Gift of Life
They share their stories to help spread the message that donation saves lives; they add names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and motivate others to be involved. Many of our volunteers know firsthand how crucial the donation process is to giving critically ill people a new shot at life. Many are organ and tissue recipients themselves. Other volunteers are the family members of donors, who have been deeply moved by their experience.
How to Volunteer
Gift of Life has hundreds of active volunteers – and every single one of them makes a difference. Please consider joining our team! Volunteers are asked to agree in writing to allow Gift of Life to share their stories related to donation and transplantation, to review and sign a volunteer job description, and to permit Gift of Life to run a background check.
To become a volunteer with Gift of Life Michigan, please complete a volunteer application in our volunteer management system, called Volunteer Hub. Please click on this link to get started, then click on ‘Create New Account.’
Once you have created an account, you will need to be approved and take a basic volunteer training course before you can sign up for events.
Gift of Life offers training and tips on how to get the most out of volunteering. The session is helpful for those wishing to speak publicly about donation and transplantation. It also is designed for those who would rather educate the public one-on-one at health fairs, information tables, etc.
Each new volunteer who attends a training session will receive a manual with facts, figures and answers to common questions about donation, as well as helpful hints for effectively working with the public.
For example, you will learn:
- Who can become a donor?
- What are some upcoming volunteer opportunities?
- What is the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and how does it work?
- What is Gift of Life Michigan?
- and much more!
Participating in a volunteer training webinar or the in-person training is ideal, but we recognize that schedules may not permit it. As an alternative, Gift of Life offers a 30-minute training video and a short quiz. Please send your completed quiz to Kim Zasa to confirm you have completed the training.
In addition to our general volunteer trainings, we periodically offer specialized webinar trainings for our volunteers. One of those specialized webinars is an annual collaboration between Gift of Life Michigan and Eversight on using traditional and social media to promote organ, tissue and eye donation. You can watch the videos from 2020, 2019 and 2018 on our YouTube channel.
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