Get Involved with Friends Gift Shops

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

Volunteer at the 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 Michigan Medicine Gift Shops. Our non-profit Gift Shops are looking for volunteers to cashier or assist with merchandise in the stock room. No retail experience required. 

We offer training, flexible hours, scheduling and Free Parking, as well as the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients, families, visitors and staff. Act now!

The Friends Gift Shops team is made up of over 60 volunteers and paid staff. Our volunteers generally work one 4-hour shift per week, but this is highly flexible according to your schedule.  

Shifts by Gift Shop Location

  • Friends Gift Shop at the main hospital
  • Carousel Gift Shop at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
  • East Ann Arbor and Frankel Cardiovascular Center Gift Shops

Become a Gift Shop Volunteer

Please contact Mary Kosinski, Friends Shops Volunteer Coordinator at 734-936-5975 or email  maryjk@med.umich.edu for a Shop volunteer application packet or questions regarding volunteering in the Shops.  


Join Our Advisory Board of Directors

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

Friends is board-governed, volunteer-staffed, non-profit community organization that administers and manages four Michigan Medicine Gift Shops. The revenue generated from these shops provides 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 meets on average 6 times a year in conjunction with an annual meeting and luncheon in the Spring.

Note:  With the current pandemic, the Friends Advisory Board members are meeting virtually. 

Time and Meeting Commitment: The Michigan Medicine Friends Advisory Board meets on average 6 times a year for about 1½ hours during the months of July, September, November, January, March and May. This Board consists of approximately 15-20 members.

Note to Current U-M Employees: An application is not needed for current employees of U-M to join "only" the Michigan Medicine Friends Gift Shop Advisory Board.

Questions About Joining the Friends Advisory Board

If you have questions about joining the Friends Advisory Board or would like a volunteer application packet, please contact Waitzy Brown, Friends Advisory Board Administrative Assistant at friendsofumhs@med.umich.edu.