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Volunteer opportunities

September 9, 2012
The Mining Journal

This column is a sample of volunteer opportunities available in Marquette County. Persons 55 or older can learn about these and other possibilities in their community by contacting Amy Mattson at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at 485-1782. Others should contact the agencies directly. Additional opportunities are posted online at

Lifetracker volunteers are sought to place transmitters on the wrist or ankle of those with Alzheimer's disease, other memory problems or others who may wander. Volunteers are needed in Marquette, Gwinn and Ishpeming to visit one or two clients monthly to replace transmitter batteries. Mileage reimbursement is available. Call Yvonne Clark at 475-7997.

AMCAB volunteers needed to host the AMCAB Senior Meals at the Ishpeming Senior Center on Thursdays and Fridays. Host helps serve lunch to seniors and complimentary lunch is included. Call 228-6522.

Tax Aide Program volunteers needed with technical experience to assist low- to moderate-income seniors with tax preparation at Marquette County senior centers. Knowledge of computer software and hardware is needed; accounting or tax preparation experience is not required. Volunteers receive free training in tax law and form preparation. The Tax Aide Program is a cooperative effort between the AARP Foundation and the IRS. Call Kathy Lakenen at 249-9676.

MooseWood Nature Center and The Nature Conservancy will hold the annual International Coastal Beach Clean-Up from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 15 in Marquette. Meet 9 a.m. at the MooseWood Nature Center at Presque Isle Park. Call Chris Cantway at 225-0399, ext. 4015.

The Alzheimer's Association seeks volunteers to help out at the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's. The Walk is Saturday Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Diane Noel at the Alzheimer's Association office at 228-3910.

Lake Superior Hospice will conduct a Fall Volunteer Training Oct. 12-13. Volunteers are needed to for office assistance, friendly visitor, veteran to veteran, and community outreach. Call Lake Superior Hospices Director of Volunteers and Outreach Samantha Collins at 225-7760 or email

AMCAB volunteers needed to host the AMCAB Senior Meals at the Ishpeming Senior Center on Thursdays. Host will set the table, do light paperwork and light cleanup. Lunch is included. Call 228-6522.

Marquette County Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteer help from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the ReStore during cashiers' lunch breaks. Duties include greeting customers, ringing up sales, answering phone, preparing paperwork for donations, pickups and deliveries, and maintaining store appearance. A three- to six-month commitment of at least one day per week is preferred. Call 228-3578 or email

International Experience seeks families to host an international exchange student for the coming school year, willing to share family traditions, American culture and a loving supportive environment with a boy or girl age 15-18 from abroad. Call local coordinator Cristina Anderson at 906-250-1500, email or visit

The Ishpeming Senior Center seeks volunteer bakers for socials at the center. Call 485-5527.

Bell Hospital seeks volunteers for Kids Corner, Gift Shop, and two coffee carts. Kids Corner is an adult-supervised play area at Bell Hospital where children are dropped off for one to two hours while parents attend doctor appointments in the building. There are no feeding or diaper changing responsibilities. Gift shop volunteers are needed to run a register and for customer service. Help also is needed at the Coffee Carts at the hospital and Teal Lake. Call 485-2750.

The Salvation Army of Marquette has volunteer opportunities in the food pantry, thrift store and working with youth at the Rec Center in Gwinn. Call Jane at 226-2241.

Teaching Family Homes seeks volunteers for ongoing efforts, including animal care, classroom tutor, computer technology, environmental, facility maintenance, fine arts, grant writer/research, group home tutor/mentor, office support, publicity and marketing, school librarian, special events volunteer and sports and exercise. Call Lisa Burtch, volunteer coordinator, at 249-5437.

American Cancer Society Resource Center seeks volunteers at its Peninsula Medical Center office to hand out literature and help patients organize information during treatment. All services are free, and the American Cancer Society Resource Center is volunteer staffed. Call 475-9897 or stop by the resource center, Suite 110 of the Peninsula Medical Center off the Fair Avenue entrance. Call 225-3507 prior to visiting.

The Hiawatha National Forest and Superior Watershed Partnership in Marquette seek volunteers to help at the greenhouse at 1030 Wright St., Marquette. Email

Grandparents Teach, Too seeks retired teacher volunteers to help provide hands-on workshops for parents and grandparents. The workshops help adults prepare young children to succeed in school and a lifetime of learning. Workshops are held in schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, and bi-monthly at the Marquette County Community Detention Center. Volunteer commitment is flexible. Email Iris Katers at, or call 228-9183.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger counties seeks Big Brothers for its community program in Marquette, Munising, Gwinn/Sawyer and Ishpeming areas. Big Sisters are needed in the Gwinn/ Sawyer and Ishpeming areas. BBBS also has a boy in Ishpeming and a girl in the Harvey area waiting for matches in the SWIM Program, which matches children with type 1 diabetes to a mentor who also has type 1 diabetes. Call Monika Toth at 475-7801.

Marquette Adult Day Services seeks volunteers to bring their special talents to its program for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Examples include playing music, singing, arts or crafts projects, massage or yoga. Call 226-2142.



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