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.
Help introduce area youth to luge by spending some time helping out at the Negaunee Luge Run. Volunteers are needed to help fit helmets, get participants signed up, make hot chocolate in the heated chalet and do some very basic sled repair. Help is needed at the run, off Rolling Mill Road in Negaunee, after school Mondays and Wednesdays, and on Friday nights. Please call Tammy Wills at 361-4843 for more information.
Organizers of the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race are looking for volunteers to help with a number of tasks for the Feb. 14 and 15 race. It takes a lot of hands to help pull off this Upper Peninsula tradition - please consider helping in the headquarters, with merchandise, vet and bag check, dog handling, crowd control, set-up and take-down, as timers or record keepers, or at road crossings. For details or to sign up, visit the U.P. 200 website at www.up200.org, or call Anna Sanford at 869-4827.
Lake Superior Hospice an independent non-profit, is now seeking volunteers to join their Award Winning Volunteer Team. Volunteers are needed for office assistance, friendly visits, caregiver relief, veteran to veteran, and community outreach. To register, please contact Director of Volunteers & Outreach, Bethany Buehrly at 906.225.7760 or email email@example.com
Brookridge Heights Assisted living and Memory care seeks volunteers to help entertain and enrich the lives of residents. Activities may include: bingo, music, dancing, arts and crafts, games, etc. Activities usually run for roughly one hour. Call Erica Campbell at 225-4488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed to help serve the AMCAB Senior lunch at the Ishpeming Senior Center. Call 228-6522.
Girl Scout volunteers are priceless! Find out how you can help your daughter's troop or how to start one by calling Jill Rady 920-955-3438 or stop and see me on Tuesdays after Jan. 1 at our Business office in the Westwood Mall, Marquette.
Volunteers are needed to check wristband batteries for the Lifetracker program. Training, support and mileage reimbursement is available. Call Yvonne Clark at 475-7997 for more information.
The Marquette County Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Harvey seeks volunteers to help with customer service and answering phones. Volunteers are also needed to help with home construction in Negaunee and Ishpeming. Call 228-3578, email Jane@mqthabitat.org or visit www.mqthabitat.org. Experience is not necessary.
The Medical Care Access Coalition seeks volunteers for the Winter; caring individuals to serve as enrollment counselors to help new patients with intake paperwork; and assistance with routine office tasks including data entry, filing and other projects. Hours are flexible. Visit www.upmcac.org or call 226-4400.
Upper Peninsula Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty is building its volunteer team, and seeks volunteers 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.
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 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 Captain Moore at 226-2241 for more information. A volunteer is also needed to work with youth 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 free activity nights for area youth from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Supervised activities include big screen movies, video games, board games, group games and snacks. Call the church at 225-1119 or visit www.marquettelutherans.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working on your News Years Resolution? Make a year-long commitment to a child in your community today. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister. For more information please call 475-8901 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.iE-usa.com.
Bell Hospital Bell Hospital seeks volunteers for the gift shop to run a register and provide customer service. Help with the coffee cart and a new patient information/helper volunteer position is also needed. Call Julie at 485-2751 for more details.
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 Rich Rossway 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 grandparents email@example.com, or call 228-9183.
Marquette Adult Day Services seeks children to sing or play instruments for our seniors. A great opportunity to practice your skills! Call Melissa at 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 is looking for volunteers to provide safe rides home for New Years. We are looking for drivers, dispatchers, and driving buddies to service Marquette, Chocolay, Negaunee, and Ishpeming. Drivers will need to have their own vehicle, provide their own gas and have a cell phone. Shifts begin at 12:30 p.m. and go until 4:30 a.m.; pizza, pop, coffee and donuts will be provided to volunteers. If interested, please call Andy Chosa at 906-228-9699 ext.23, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers age 21 or older with good driving records are also needed 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.