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 UPvolunteer.org.
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. BBBS is always accepting new applications for Little Brothers and Little Sisters living in Marquette and Alger counties. Call Liz Sherman at 475-7801.
The RSVP Veterans History Project seeks volunteers to transcribe veteran interviews for its oral history collection project - most are 30 to 90 minutes long. Completed interviews are copied and given to the veteran, and also sent to the Library of Congress for the national project. Call Amy at 485-1782.
Lake Superior Hospice seeks volunteers for office assistance, friendly visitor, veteran to veteran, and community outreach. Call Director of Volunteers and Outreach Samantha Collins at 906-225-7760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Negaunee Public Schools seeks walking school bus volunteers to walk with elementary students one Wednesday morning each month (approximately seven to eight blocks). Volunteers are needed Fridays to help with popcorn at Lakeview School and Negaunee Middle School. Call Diane Faust 475-0229 or email email@example.com.
Volunteer hosts needed Thursdays and Fridays for AMCAB Senior Meals at the Ishpeming Senior Center. Hosts help serve lunch to seniors; a complimentary lunch is included. Volunteer help also needed in the Forsyth Senior Center kitchen; training and lunch are provided. Call 228-6522.