Volunteering at The Gilmore Car Museum
The Gilmore Car Museum offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for volunteers – a place to share your love of cars and history with people from all over the nation. As a non-profit, we rely on a lot of great volunteers. You’ll spend your time helping care for our incredible collection, exclusive venues, and beautiful 90-acre campus.
Logging over 8,500 hours annually, volunteers at the Gilmore Car Museum help fulfill our mission by assisting with these fun and rewarding tasks such as:
- Serving as a volunteer Weekday Docent
- Providing customer service and performing a variety of office tasks as Administrative Assistant
- Working on vehicles in the Gilmore Collection and assisting in our Automotive Maintenance Shop
- Assisting in our library and archives
- Participating on our education committee
- Serving as a mentor in the Gilmore Garage Works program
- Helping to maintain our beautiful buildings, grounds, and gardens
- Helping the museum staff with numerous tasks during our annual car shows
Interested in Volunteering?
If you are interested in volunteering for 2021, please fill out the application below.
Step 1: Fill out the General Volunteer Application form below
If you are interested in volunteering for the Gilmore Garage Works Youth Mentoring Program, you will also need to fill out and submit the two forms below. Email or mail forms to: Volunteer Manager, Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Step 2: Interview by phone or in person with the volunteer manager
Step 3: Complete On-boarding session
- Review of the Volunteer Handbook
- Sign Receipt of handbook form. Volunteer Handbook
- Diversity and inclusion training (can be completed online)
- Proof of valid driver's license (if applying for a volunteer role requiring driving)
- Volunteer shirt and name tag will be issued/ordered
Step 4: Complete department specific training
- Gilmore Garage Works Youth Mentoring has an additional handbook that will be reviewed during department specific training. Gilmore Garage Works Volunteer Supplemental Handbook
Gilmore Garage Works Youth Mentoring Program
The Gilmore Garage Works Program is seeking applicants to develop a pool of volunteers that can serve as fill in and full program mentors, mentor assistants, substitutes, and specialized skill experts. The program runs through the school year, with sessions Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Mission: The Garage Works Mission is to provide area high school students with Antique Auto Restoration Skills, Basic Shop Skills, Fundamentals of Automotive Maintenance, Team Work and Employability Skills. Students are the most important element of the program. In all decision making, and leadership choices; “It’s all about the students.”
Garage Works Mentors: Mentors are first and foremost teachers and provide good examples for students. Garage Works mentors provide supervision, mentoring, and automotive skill training as a leader, project manager, and project assistant. A big part of mentoring is the development of excellent friendship based, working relationships with the students. Ultimately having a trusting, supportive and nurturing mentor staff always serves the mission of making the experience “all about the students.”
Lead Mentors: Mentors who provide team leadership focused on one area within the over-all Garage Works:
- Paint and Body Team
- Chassis and Frame Team
- Engine Team
- Motorcycle Team
Mentor Assistants: Serve under the Lead Mentors as an assistant in each area. Each project may have several mentors working as assistant project leaders. When the Lead Mentors cannot be in attendance, one of the Mentor Assistants will fill in.
*Background checks are required for program volunteers.