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.
Come out and have fun helping with the XTERRA Marquette Triathlon, set for Sept. 13. Volunteers are needed for two- to four-hour shifts, from 5:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help is needed at aid stations, start and finish, as crossing guards, course directors and with registration. Visit the triathlon's website www.xterramarquette.com, for more information, or contact Jamie Tomczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-251-1891.
The Marquette Regional History Center is looking for two volunteers to work in the John M. Longyear Research Library. Position 1 will assist patrons of the library in identifying and accessing library materials and re-shelving materials when the patron is finished. As time allows the volunteer may be given other projects to work on such as archival processing or transcription of oral histories. Qualifications: must be able to make a firm time commitment to the library each week, be well organized, have good interpersonal skills, work as a team player and be flexible to take on other responsibilities. A working knowledge of library and archival practices and a familiarity with local history and genealogy a plus but not required.
Starting in the fall, Position 2 will transcribe oral histories from the collection and perform background research on some of the oral histories. The volunteer may be asked to assist with other types of data entry, particularly with the upcoming implementation of our online library catalog. This position will not interact with the public. Qualifications: must be able to make a firm time commitment to the library each week, have basic typing skills and basic computer literacy, be well organized and work as a team player.
If interested, contact the Marquette Regional History Center at 226-3571 or submit an online application through its website, www.marquettehistory.org.
Grace United Methodist Church is urgently seeking a part-time volunteer treasurer. This is a perfect position for someone who is looking for a new way to serve, is retired, or is looking to expand their resume. Candidates must be computer literate and have business and bookkeeping experience. The church treasurer is responsible for careful record keeping, reporting on financial activity, and disbursing money to special missions, bills, payroll, and other items outlined in the church budget. Committed candidates should contact the Rev. Christopher Hintz at 906-225-0616 or email a letter of interest to email@example.com.
Marquette Area Blues Festival is looking for volunteers for Labor Day weekend. Ticket takers, security and merchandise sellers are needed on Friday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are many four-hour shifts and several different volunteer positions available. Those working one four-hour shift get a free Blues Fest T-shirt. Work a second shift, and the Marquette Area Blues Society will reimburse the ticket price up to $45. Sign up by going to the Marquette Area Blues Society website at www.marquetteareabluessociety.com/festival.php. Click on the link that says "Click here to volunteer." Call Sue Minckler at 906-362-9511 with any questions.
The Care Clinic, a pregnancy resource center, is looking for volunteers to greet and check-in clients and for volunteers to provide one-to-one mentoring to assist clients through personalized pregnancy lesson plans. Volunteers needed weekdays; times flexible. The Care Clinic is located at 1213 N. Third, Marquette and 330 Fortress, Sawyer. Contact Karol at 228-2273 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Start the school year as a Girl Scout leader! Troop leaders at the Kindergarten "Daisy" level are needed for all schools. Consider joining a leadership team already active in your community! Application and training are online at vapp.gsnwgl.org/ Orientation is provided in person and year-round support is available. To learn more about Girl Scouting in Marquette County or to find Girl Scouting in your community contact Jill Rady 920-955-3438 or email@example.com.
The Negaunee Senior Center is seeking someone to put photos and documents into scrapbooks for the center. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Volunteers are needed to help serve the AMCAB senior lunch at the Ishpeming Senior Center. Call 228-6522.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Harvey is looking for volunteers between 11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Duties could include: cashier, customer service, cleaning and organizing. Also help is needed one or two days per week for four hours, with minor mechanical/electoral repairs, woodworking, help in the receiving department and picking up donated merchandise. For more information contact the Habitat office at 228-3578, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website at www.mqthabitat.org.
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.
The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter seeks people to help with Wish List Collection Drives. Three times a month volunteers stand outside a local store and pass out the UPAWS 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.