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College Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with SJMHS. We are excited that you have chosen us for a possible volunteer placement.

Our organization values volunteer service and strives to provide a rewarding and challenging experience to those who volunteer. Through volunteering you can make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own. As a volunteer you make new friends, expand your skills and learn new things about yourself and the world around you.

Below, you will find information on how our process works and what steps you need to complete to become an SJMHS college volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns while completing the process, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Program Overview

The College program is divided into three sessions (Winter, Summer and Fall). These sessions generally follow the times of a normal college semester. Students are accepted into the program after a successful completion of an interview with the Volunteer Services Department, the completion of paperwork, which includes a background check, and completion of a take-home Volunteer orientation packet.

Students are required to commit to a minimum of two sessions (eight months). The weekly commitment is one day a week for 4 hours on a set schedule. The placement is for an entire session but placements may change for the second session. We make every effort to place students in an area they are interested in, but placement is dependent upon the number of openings and number of students applying.

Program Sessions

Start and end dates will vary but, in general, the session follows the normal college semester.

Winter - January through the end of April
Summer - May through the end of August
Fall - September through the end of December

Deadlines for Applications

Winter Session ~ December 15th
Summer Session ~ May 15th
Fall Session ~ September 15th

Application Process

  1. Application
    Applications are currently open for the Fall session.

  2. Reference Letters
    Download and print two copies of our reference form, and have 2 non-relatives complete the form. Fax or mail the completed forms prior to your interview.
    Fax: 734-712-7178

    Mail: Darlene Wilson, Volunteer Services
    5301 E. Huron River Drive
    P.O. Box 995
    Ann Arbor, MI 48106

  3. Interview
    Volunteer Services will contact you to set up a 30 minute interview, after receiving your application.

Current College Volunteer Schedule Change Process

College volunteers going on to the next term with new availability must complete this form. Please submit by the dates below so that we can provide you with a new placement. We will contact you 5-7 business days after receiving your form.

Fall- September 2

Winter- January 7

Summer- May 5

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