Frequently Asked Questions

How do I begin volunteering at Wayne State University?
Start by completing the online volunteer interest form. This form is available online year-round. Once this is completed, we will schedule a phone orientation interview to learn more about you and your volunteer interests.

What type of work do volunteers perform?
Volunteers may perform any official university or alumni-related volunteer role, under the direction of the alumni volunteer coordinator. Volunteers serve as mentors, admission ambassadors, diversity and inclusion allies, legislative advocates, community service project leaders, and much more.

Why do people volunteer?
Program participants volunteer for many different reasons. Volunteers gain valuable skills, help people and the environment, enjoy making a difference, meet new people, take pride in contributing to the future of the university and the community, and have fun. 

How long do volunteers serve? Is there a volunteer eligibility renewal process? How often do I need to volunteer?
Length of service is determined by mutual agreement between the volunteer coordinator and the volunteer. Some roles ask volunteers for a minimum commitment of two hours and can range up to eight hours on the day of the volunteer assignment. Some volunteers may want to serve only a couple of hours for a one-time event, while others may want serve for months or years.

Do I need training?
Training depends on the activity and department hosting the volunteer activity. The volunteer coordinator and/or volunteer lead will tell you everything you need to know about your role when the volunteer opportunity is published. 

I only want to volunteer one day or for a special event. Is this possible?
Although the program is designed to engage a volunteer with as many meaningful opportunities as available, volunteers have the option to volunteer for one-time events.

I work full-time and only have evenings and/or weekends free. Is there an opportunity for me?
Yes. There are a variety of events and activities that take place in the evenings and on weekends. Work with the alumni volunteer coordinator to find opportunities that fit your schedule. 

Are parking and meals provided for volunteers?
If parking and meals are provided for specific volunteer assignments, details will be provided at that time. 

Is a background check required?
Verification of employment and specific government registries are checked before a volunteer is offered any volunteer opportunities. These verifications will take place on an annual basis and more frequently if requested by a university administrator.