Returning Volunteers

July 2022 Update: The Spring/Summer session application for new, general volunteers is now closed. Applications for the fall session will open August 1. Volunteer Services continues to accept applications for pre-approved volunteers.

If you have been an active volunteer at Michigan Medicine within the past two years (includes college student and community volunteers), you are considered a "Returning Volunteer" and you do not need to re-apply to continue volunteering. Any volunteer who has been inactive more than two years must reapply. See the New Volunteers page for information. 

Returning volunteers may visit the menu below for instructions on changing or keeping their placements, subject to availability of placements. Each year, returning volunteers must complete an annual update to renew their credentials. 

Grace Period

The "Grace Period" is held prior to the start of a new session (semester/term) for current and returning volunteers to change their placements and/or schedules. Grace Period appointments are offered three times per year, typically for a 3-week period before each new session (April, August, December). 

Returning college and graduate student volunteers must schedule a Grace Period appointment for the upcoming session (semester/term) in order to resume volunteering. Students must have a confirmed class schedule available for their appointment. 

Current and returning community volunteers (non-students) may remain in their scheduled placements indefinitely, pending availability of placements. Those wishing to change their placement or schedule must schedule a Grace Period appointment in order to do so. Your Grace Period appointment can be conducted in person, online, or by phone.

Annual Update

Each year, volunteers continuing their service must complete an Annual Update to renew their credentials. Your update should be completed within 30 days prior to your ID badge’s expiration (noted on the front of your Volunteer ID badge).

You will receive a reminder email from Volunteer Services to renew your credentials via the Volunteer Portal. 

The Annual Update includes:

  • Renewing your ID Badge 
  • Completing another health screening 
  • Criminal Record Check 
  • Signing the Code of Conduct Attestation
  • Completing the Orientation refresher
  • Updating personal information (addresses, emergency contacts, etc.)
  • Signing the Memorandum of Understanding