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.
Upper Peninsula Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty is building its volunteer team, and volunteers are needed to assist with caregiver relief, listening, friendly visits and veteran-to-veteran interaction. Call Tony Evans, volunteer coordinator, at 485-4545 or email email@example.com.
The Hiawatha National Forest Service seeks volunteers to help out at the Marquette greenhouse for the summer. Tasks would mostly entail watering. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastwood Nursing Center Activities Department seeks volunteers to help residents on outings, with activities and for creative new ideas for residents. Call Amy Fraley at 475-7500.
St. Vincent de Paul in Ishpeming seeks a volunteer with the skills to do minor electrical repairs such as replacing electrical cords or switches, to check out the donated electronics before they are put out in the store. Stop by or call the store at 486-4237.
Salvation Army in Marquette seeks one or two people to help a few hours each week in the food pantry, and someone who could answer the phone daily and take messages. Call Capt. Ramona Arthur at 226-5028 or email Ramona_Arthur@usc.salvationarmy.org. A volunteer is also needed to work with youths at the S.A.F.E Center in Gwinn. For the S.A.F.E. Center call Tricia Coker 346-5974.
Messiah Lutheran Church, 305 W. Magnetic in Marquette, seeks adult volunteers for homework night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Area youths and adult volunteer tutors gather for guided study, tutoring, and discussion. Youths can use the church computer labs and other resources to complete assignments or school projects in the company and support of other youths and adults. Call the church at 225-1119 or visit www.marquettelutherans.org.
The Negaunee Senior Citizens Center seeks volunteers to put together scrapbooks of photos and memorabilia from the last few years at the center. Scrapbooking materials are available. Call the senior center at 475-6266.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes seeks volunteers to support the summer camp program located at Camp Nesbit in Sidnaw the weeks of July 9 to 22. Volunteer roles include: counselor, kitchen staff, nurse, art staff, and certified lifeguards as waterfront staff. Two or three certified high ropes instructors are needed. These are one or two week volunteer positions, but a small stipend is supplied to each volunteer at the end of the week. Apply at www.gsnwgl.org/activities-for-girls/camp/work-at-camp.html. Send all questions to CampNesbit@gsnwgl.org.
UPAWS seeks people to help with Wish List Collection Drives. Three times a month volunteers stand outside a local store and pass out the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter wish list and collect donations. Volunteers are needed also to serve as cleaners and kitty cuddlers mornings at the Petsmart Adoption Center. Sign up for the Poster Pals team to help get the word out around town; times and areas are flexible. Call 475-6661.
Ongoing docent (tour guide) volunteer opportunities are available at DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University. For two weeks each November and May local K-12 schools schedule tours of exhibitions in the museum. No experience necessary; training is provided. Time commitment is minimal; one-hour training session and 90 minutes per tour. Schedules are e-mailed in advance and volunteers respond based on their availability. Must have a valid e-mail address and enjoy working with children. Visit www.nmu.edu/devos, call 906-227-1481 or e-mail email@example.com.
The YMCA of Marquette County seeks a caring, dependable volunteer able to work anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Tot Watch area. Call Benjamin Platt at 228-3771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marquette County Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers to help with construction on homes in Negaunee, Ishpeming and Gwinn. Volunteers also are needed to help at the ReStore in Harvey. Call 228-3578, email Jane@mqthabitat.org or visit www.mqthabitat.org. Experience not necessary.
Upper Peninsula Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty seeks hospice volunteers for friendly visits, veteran-to-veteran, community outreach or to provide a needed break for caregivers.Call Volunteer Coordinator Tony Evans at 225-4545 or email email@example.com.
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 are 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. New applications for Little Brothers and Little Sisters living in Marquette and Alger counties are always accepted. Call Liz Sherman at 475-7801.
Negaunee Public Schools seeks walking school bus volunteers to walk with elementary students one Wednesday morning each month (approximately seven to eight blocks). Popcorn volunteers are needed Fridays at Lakeview School and Negaunee Middle School. Call Diane Faust 475-0229 or email diane.faust@negaunee schools.org.
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 Kids Corner, the gift shop and two coffee carts. Kids Corner is an adult-supervised play area at the 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 run a register and provide customer service. Coffee cart help is needed at the hospital and Teal Lake. Call 485-2751.
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 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.
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 grandparentsteach@ gmail.com, or call 228-9183.
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.
The K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum seeks volunteer attendants from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays to escort museum visitors through the museum, answer questions and run the museum store. Intensive training is available. The museum is at 402 Third St., K.I. Sawyer. Call Bob Vick at 362-3531.
The Ishpeming Senior Center seeks a retired or semi-retired nurse to take blood pressures during walk-in blood pressure clinics offered 1 to 3 p.m. the third Friday of each month. Call Elyse Bertucci at 485-5527.
The Forsyth Senior Center seeks kitchen volunteers to help prepare senior meals for the congregate meal site and for the homebound. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Volunteers receive free lunch. Call 346-9862.
Great Lakes Recovery Centers seeks volunteers age 21 or older with good driving records to transport clients to appointments using an agency vehicle. Call 228-7611. GLRC also seeks one or two volunteers to assist with general office duties at its Marquette administrative office. Ideal for senior or college student/intern, flexible schedule. Call 228-9699, ext. 15.
The Women's Center and Harbor House seek volunteers to answer crisis calls, provide crisis intervention and support advocacy services. Other opportunities available, training provided. Call 226-6611.
The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council seeks volunteers for the Vista Theater Thrift Shop in Negaunee, to cashier, sell tickets from a computer program, do simple cleaning of the building, sort and hang clothes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 475-7188.
The nonprofit Divine Consign and Donated Furniture store in Marquette seeks clerks for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and for furniture pickup. Proceeds benefit Father Marquette Catholic Schools. Call 458-4406.