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.
Catch up on some great updates and learn about upcoming volunteer training opportunities in the Fall 2018 Advocate Newsletter!
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.
Gift of Life will send you the necessary information about volunteering and add your name to our newsletter mailing list. If you're interested, please contact Kim Zasa, Gift of Life’s volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete this online volunteer application: http://bit.ly/GiftOfLifeVolunteers.
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 dealing 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 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 (below) 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 was a collaboration between Gift of Life Michigan and Eversight on using social media to promote organ, tissue and eye donation.