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.
The Salvation Army seeks Bell Ringers for various locations in Marquette and Ishpeming. To help the Marquette Salvation Army, call 226-2241; to help the Ishpeming Salvation Army, call 486-8121.
Lake Superior Hospice seeks volunteers for office assistance, friendly visitor, veteran to veteran, and community outreach. Call Director of Volunteers & Outreach Samantha Collins at 225-7760 or email scollins@ lakesuperiorhospice.org.
Licensed cosmetologists are needed for two hours once per month to cut and style wigs for patients with medical-related hair loss. Volunteers are needed to greet patients and visitors and to provide hospital information once per week for a four-hour shift. Gift Shop volunteers needed; days and times flexible. Call Marquette General Volunteer Services 225-3280 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 diane. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifetracker volunteers are sought to place ankle or wrist transmitters on people 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.
International Experience seeks families to host international exchange students for the 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 email@example.com or visit www.iE-usa.com.
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 youths at the S.A.F.E Center in Gwinn. For the S.A.F.E. Center call Tricia Coker 346-5974. Call Brittany Massoglia 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 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, 1030 Wright St., Marquette. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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 or visit www.bbbsmqt.org.