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.
Volunteer to have fun!! Child and Family Services of the U.P. needs volunteers for the Family Fun Carnival on June 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We have a wide variety of volunteer shifts available including: concessions, managing carnival games, managing the bounce house and slide and face painting. We are also looking for volunteer to sit in our dunk tank! Carnival set up and take down are also options for volunteers to consider. Interested people can call Carole Touchinski at Child and Family Services of the U.P., at 228-4050, ext. 112, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Scout troops can meet through the summer months. For girls age 5 -12. Volunteers and girls meet at least twice a month. Two non-related adults are needed for each troop, with a minimum of 4 girls. Contact Jill Rady to learn more at 920-955-3438. Volunteers can apply online at www.gsnwgl.org
The Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Committee will need many volunteers for the June 21 Festival - both strong arm (ex. laying the dance floor) and light duty (ex. tending the coffee table). For more information or to sign up, call 228-9453.
The Negaunee Senior Center is seeking someone to put photos and documents into scrapbooks for us. Materials are provided. Call Kristy at 475-6266 for details.
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, contact Director of Volunteers and 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.
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 Summer; 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.
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 email address and enjoy working with children. Visit www.nmu.edu/devos, call 906-227-1481 or email 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.
Help brighten a child's summer - make a year-long commitment. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister. For more information, 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 email@example.com, or call 228-9183.