Get Involved

There are many ways that you can Make the Michigan Difference.  Get Involved!

Volunteering at the UMHS Friends Gift Shops:

If you have a smile for everyone, like to meet interesting people and are fulfilled by helping others, become a Friends volunteer and work at one of our U-M Gift Shops. We offer flexible hours, scheduling and Free Parking, as well as the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients, families, visitors and staff.  Our Gift Shops are always looking for volunteers. Act now!

Our non-profit Gift Shops are looking for volunteers to cashier and/or assist with merchandise in the stock room.  NO retail experience required. We offer training, flexible hours, monthly scheduling and Free Parking

The Friends Gift shops consist of over 60 volunteers and paid staff.  Our volunteers generally work one 4-hour shift per week, however, this is highly flexible according to your schedule.  

  • Shifts at UMHS Friends shop at the main hospital are Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m., 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., 12:15 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    (also an early shift just on Wed 7-9 a.m.).
    • Sat-Sun 11:45 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Shifts at Carousel Gift Shop at Mott hospital: Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.- 12:4 5p.m., 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
    • Sat-Sun 11:45 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Shifts at East Ann Arbor and CVC Gift shops are Monday – Friday:  11 a.m.- 1 p.m. OR 12 p.m.- 2 p.m.

If you have questions about volunteering, in any of the Gift Shops, please contact Mary Kosinski, Friends Shops Volunteer Coordinator at 734-936-5975. 

To request a volunteer application packet please email friendsofumhs@med.umich.edu  

Joining our Advisory Board of Directors and/or Committees:

Your voice is important.  If you are a member of the community and would like to give back, consider serving on the UMHS Friends Gift Shops Advisory Board of Directors or Committees. 

Friends is board-governed, volunteer-staffed, non-profit community organization that administers and manages four Health System Gift Shops. The revenue generated from these shops provide funds for patient programs and educational projects ... If you would enjoy supporting patient programs and health education ... if you care about helping people when they need you most...you could be our kind of Friend: The Board and some Committees meet on average 6 times a year in conjunction with an annual meeting and luncheon in the Spring.    

  • The UM Friends Advisory Board meet on average 6 times a year for about 1 1/2 hours during the months of July, September, November, January, March and May. This Board consists of approximately 15-20 members.
  • The Gift Shop Committee meet on average 6 times a year for about 1 1/2 hours during the months of July, September, November, January, March and May. This Committee consists of approximately 10-15 members.
  • The Funding Committee meet quarterly for about an hour in July, October, January and April. This committee consists of approximately 5-8 members.

Note to Current UM Employees: An application is not needed for current employees of UM to join ‘only’ the UM Friends Gift Shop Advisory Board and/or Committees

If you have questions about joining the Friends Advisory Board and/or Committees, contact Waitzy Brown, Friends Advisory Board Administrative Assistant at friendsofumhs@med.umich.edu or 734-615-6147.

To request a volunteer application packet please email friendsofumhs@med.umich.edu  

Become a Friend Donor

If you don’t have time to volunteer, but still want to support U-M patient programs and health education, become a Friends donor.

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