Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer opportunities available for willing people of all ages in Marquette County. Persons 55 or older can learn about these and other possibilities in their community by contacting Julie Shaw at 315-2607 at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Younger potential volunteers should contact the agencies directly.


The YMCA’s Reach and Rise program is looking for a volunteer to help 3-4 hours a week; filing, preparing paperwork and other office duties. Volunteers should contact Melissa DeMarse, Reach and Rise Director at 227-9622

The YMCA also is looking for chaperones for the March 17 Middle School Dance which is scheduled from 7:45-10:30 p.m. Volunteers chaperons are crucial to create a safe and fun environment for middle schoolers attending the Y Dance. Volunteers can contact Laura Murawski, Program Director at 227-9622

Moosewood Nature Center

Would any volunteer be interested in learning how to host at MooseWood Nature Center on weekends? It’s fun with snakes and turtles! Call 906-228-6250, leave a message and someone will get back to you or you email info@moosewood.org.

Adult Day Services

Lake Superior Adult Day Services is looking for someone with gardening experience and familiarity in working with people with memory loss to help participants plant, grow and garden. Beginning ASAP. For more information, call 226-2142 or check out the program on Facebook.

Beacon House

Hospitality Gifts is looking for volunteer cashiers (contact Pat Wolff at 225-3278) and Beacon House and the Hospitality Rooms could use Kitchen Greeters (contact Margaret Parker at 225-7100).


Do you knit or are you crafty? Please consider volunteering for the “Snuggles Project” for the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter homeless cats and kittens. “Snuggle Blankets” make their stay at the shelter much cozier and then the blanket can go with them to their new home.

The Snuggles Project encourages donations of yarn and support of volunteers to knit small snuggle blankets for the cats, kittens and small dogs at UPAWS.

Visit the website: www.snugglesproject.org. Contact volunteer@upaws.org or phone 906-475-6661 to participate.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting depends on volunteer leaders who offer their time and talent to give girls K-12 the opportunities this program offers. Are there girls in your neighborhood or housing unit who need a Girl Scout connection? Volunteer today to make it possible. Adults 18 and older can apply online at www.gsnwgl.org or contact Jill Rady for more information at 920-955-3438.

The New Free Store

The New Free Store, 1420 M-28 East, Marquette, needs volunteers to sort donations, display donations, repackage some items, serve light refreshments and help shoppers find what they need. This is a non-profit organization serving mainly low income and homeless families. It has no income guidelines so anyone in need of help can go to the store and shop for free. The New Free Store gives away good quality used clothing, linens, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies. Anyone with questions can call 362-FREE or email marcar@chartermi.net

Room at the Inn Warming Center

Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve breakfast and/or lunch to the homeless/needy. The Warming Center is located at 447 W. Washington St., Marquette.

Breakfast shift is 7:30-10 a.m. Lunch shift is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meals are served seven days per week.

Volunteers are welcome to schedule a trial visit to determine if this experience is something to which they want to commit. Most find providing meals to the needy to be a rewarding, positive experience. Volunteers should be reliable and compassionate. For additional information or to schedule a visit, contact Karen at 225-1521 (mornings, Monday through Friday).

Lake Superior Hospice

Lake Superior Hospice, an independent non-profit organization, invites people to join its award-winning group of devoted and dependable volunteers. As a volunteer for Lake Superior Hospice, a person is a member of a dedicated team of professionals that provides quality care to patients and their families, with care, compassion and commitment. By showing up and being fully present to others, volunteers make the community a better place to live. LSH strives to match a volunteer’s personal interests, talents and comfort level with the needs of the organization, its patients, families, and community. LSH currently has a need for volunteers to provide friendly visits, caregiver support, veteran-to-veteran activities, spiritual support, and office assistance. All training, support and continuing education are provided courtesy of Lake Superior Hospice’s Volunteer Program. For more information, call Lake Superior Hospice at 906-225-7760.

Community Action Alger Marquette

Formerly known as AMCAB, CAAM is currently looking for volunteers at the Forsyth Township Senior Center to help with the senior lunches. Volunteers are needed on Monday and/or Tuesday. Please consider volunteering for this rewarding experience.

Life Tracker

RSVP of Marquette County — The Life Tracker program is in need of volunteers in the Ishpeming, Negaunee, Gwinn and Chocolay areas. The Life Tracker program is a lifesaving project combining compassion, technology and security to caregivers and their families — for those who may wander, including Alzheimer’s, autistic and traumatic brain injuries. If you are interested in learning more about what this involves, call the RSVP office at 315-2607 or 315-2658.

Habitat for Humanity

Marquette County Habitat for Humanity is seeking construction volunteers to help build four houses in the Marquette/Harvey area. No experience necessary, just a willing spirit. Volunteers can register online at www.mqthabitat.org or contact Jane@mqthabitat.org or 228-3578.

Marquette Regional History Center

The Marquette Regional History Center is currently looking for someone to volunteer in its gift shop, which would be managing traffic, answering the phone, and sales of tickets and merchandise. They are looking for someone who can commit to one day a week for 4-6 hours. Contact Jessica Bays, store manager and rental and fundraising coordinator, at 906-226-3571 or via email at jessica@marquettehistory.org

RSVP Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program

Help is needed: Those age 55 or better who have a good driving record and have a few hours to spare each week or each month are asked to consider becoming an RSVP Transporter.

Transporters provide frail and/or isolated seniors age 60 and older living in Marquette County with a free ride to their non-emergency medical appointments within Marquette County. Many seniors in the area do not have family or friends available to help them. As an RSVP Transporter, the volunteer helps these seniors access much-needed medical care. Volunteer Benefits: training opportunities, mileage reimbursement, and making a positive difference in the life of a neighbor in need. Areas in most need are in the Gwinn and Ishpeming communities.

The American Cancer Resource Center

Located in Suite 110 at the Peninsula Medical Center in Marquette is in need of volunteers. This is a volunteer group. The volunteers help cancer patients newly diagnosed, and undergoing treatment, both oncology and radiation. The center offers a wide source of literature and “free” health managers (with their specific type of cancer.) Anyone who has time to volunteer is asked to call Claire at 225-3507 on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Leave a message if no one answers.