Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer opportunities available for willing people of all ages in Marquette County. Persons 55 or older can learn about these and other possibilities in their community by contacting Julie Shaw at 315-2607 at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Younger potential volunteers should contact the agencies directly.

Lake Superior Hospice

Lake Superior Hospice, an independent non-profit organization, invites people to join its award-winning group of devoted and dependable volunteers. As a volunteer for Lake Superior Hospice, a person is a member of a dedicated team of professionals that provides quality care to patients and their families, with care, compassion and commitment. By showing up and being fully present to others, volunteers make the community a better place to live. LSH strives to match a volunteer’s personal interests, talents and comfort level with the needs of the organization, its patients, families, and community. LSH currently has a need for volunteers to provide friendly visits, caregiver support, veteran-to-veteran activities, spiritual support, and office assistance. All training, support and continuing education are provided courtesy of Lake Superior Hospice’s Volunteer Program. For more information, call Lake Superior Hospice at 906-225-7760.

Community Action Alger Marquette

Formerly known as AMCAB, CAAM is currently looking for volunteers at the Forsyth Township Senior Center Mondays and Tuesdays to help with the senior lunches. CAAM is also in need of volunteers on Wednesdays for their senior lunches at Cherry Creek Village in Harvey. Please consider volunteering one or more days per month for this rewarding experience. For more information, call Debbie at 228-6522 ext. 304.

Marquette Regional History Center

The Marquette Regional History Center is currently looking for someone to volunteer in its gift shop, which would be managing traffic, answering the phone, and sales of tickets and merchandise. They are looking for someone who can commit to one day a week for 4-6 hours. Contact Jessica Bays, store manager and rental and fundraising coordinator, at 906-226-3571 or via email at jessica@marquettehistory.org.

The American Cancer Resource Center

Located in Suite 110 at the Peninsula Medical Center in Marquette is in need of volunteers. This is a volunteer group. The volunteers help cancer patients newly diagnosed, and undergoing treatment, both oncology and radiation. The center offers a wide source of literature and “free” health managers (with their specific type of cancer.) Anyone who has time to volunteer is asked to call Claire at 225-3507 on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Leave a message if no one answers.

Habitat for Humanity

Marquette County Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to help build and repair homes in Marquette County. No experience necessary, just a willing spirit. Volunteers can register online at www.mqthabitat.org or call 906-228-3578.

UP Health Systems Bell

Volunteers are needed in the Gift Shop, the Coffee Cart and as Patient Helpers. Contact Julie Solka, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at 906-485-2751 or at julie.solka@bellmi.org.

Care Clinic

The Care Clinic is a pregnancy services center. One of Care Clinic’s free services, that provides a large of amount of encouragement to women who are newly pregnant, is its onsite ultrasound capability. Volunteer ultra-sonographers play a crucial role in Care Clinic’s ability to carry out ultrasounds. There currently is a pressing need for more volunteer Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Anyone who would like to be a part of Care Clinic’s mission, call Care Clinic at 906-228-2273.

UP Home Health and Hospice

It is the little things we do that make the biggest impact in the lives of others. As a volunteer with U.P. Home Health & Hospice, a person will be able to leave lasting impressions on hospice patients, their family and caregivers. Build skills or share talents with hospice patients in a variety of volunteer opportunities and the life changed just may be the volunteers. U.P. Home Health & Hospice continues to exceed standards with chart-topping clinical quality reports while growing its volunteer team. Hospice volunteers are a special group of individuals who provide service, companionship and friendship to patients through a variety of activities, and respite to caregivers. Activities with patients may include helping with life reviews, memoirs, reading or listening to music together, preparing light meals, running errands, veteran-to-veteran interaction, writing letters or making bereavement phone calls. Volunteers visit patients in private homes and residential care facilities. UPHHH provides free training, flexibility, ongoing support and education to ensure all volunteers are comfortable working directly with patients and their loved ones and it is essential for the volunteer to understand that they are part of the Hospice Team. For more information, call 225-4545 or email: volunteer@uphomehealth.org.

Beacon House

Hospitality Gifts is looking for volunteer cashiers (contact Pat Wolff at 225-3278) and Beacon House and the Hospitality Rooms could use Kitchen Greeters (contact Margaret Parker at 225-7100).


Do you knit or are you crafty? Please consider volunteering for the “Snuggles Project” for the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter homeless cats and kittens. “Snuggle Blankets” make their stay at the shelter much cozier and then the blanket can go with them to their new home.

The Snuggles Project encourages donations of yarn and support of volunteers to knit small snuggle blankets for the cats, kittens and small dogs at UPAWS.

Visit the website: www.snugglesproject.org. Contact volunteer@upaws.org or phone 906-475-6661 to participate.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting depends on volunteer leaders who offer their time and talent to give girls K-12 the opportunities this program offers. Are there girls in your neighborhood or housing unit who need a Girl Scout connection? Volunteer today to make it possible. Adults 18 and older can apply online at www.gsnwgl.org or contact Lori Doney for more information at 920-955-3418.

The New Free Store

The New Free Store, 1420 M-28 East, Marquette, needs volunteers to sort donations, display donations, repackage some items, serve light refreshments and help shoppers find what they need. This is a non-profit organization serving mainly low income and homeless families. It has no income guidelines so anyone in need of help can go to the store and shop for free. The New Free Store gives away good quality used clothing, linens, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies. Anyone with questions can call Sheila at 906-360-2535.


The Life Tracker Program is in need of volunteers who would be willing to visit individuals that use the Life Tracker system. This is a bi-monthly visit that requires a battery change in the unit. Individuals can range from seniors experiencing memory loss to any age individuals diagnosed with autism. Training is provided. Your time is appreciated. Mile reimbursement for your travel. Call Julie at 315-2607 if you are interested.

Friendly Visitors

Seniors living in Marquette County need our help. As people age, their social support systems decrease. Their families may have moved to other areas of the county; their lifetime neighbors and friends are no longer here. Many seniors are lonely and have fears about their own health and the difficulties of living alone. To help meet the needs of the isolated senior, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking to recruit and support volunteers to provide friendly visits to seniors living in our community. Call Julie at 315-2607 if you are interested.

Non-Emergency Medical Transporters

We are in need of persons who are interested in transporting our senior friends to non-emergency medical appointments. Mileage reimbursement is offered. We especially need transporters from the Gwinn/Sawyer and Republic/Michigamme communities. Call Julie at 315-2607 if interested.

Are you a handy person?

If so, would you consider volunteering to help senior friends with installation of grab bars, input of toilet risers or toilet frames? Sometimes it is these little things that keep a senior safe in their home and they just don’t have someone to help them install. Call Julie at 315-2607 if this might be something you would enjoy doing for others.

Room at the Inn Warming Center

Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve breakfast and/or lunch to the homeless/needy. The Warming Center is located at 447 W. Washington St., Marquette. Breakfast shift is 7:30-10 a.m. Lunch shift is 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Meals are served seven days per week. Great need for volunteers on Saturdays. Volunteers are welcome to schedule a trial visit to determine if this experience is something they would like. Most people find this a rewarding experience. Volunteers should be reliable and compassionate. For additional information or to schedule a visit, contact Greg at 225-1521. He is available mornings Monday-Friday.

YMCA: Reach and Rise Informational Session

The YMCA’s Reach and Rise program is looking for a volunteer to help 3-4 hours a week; filing, preparing paperwork and other office duties. Volunteers should contact Melissa DeMarse, Reach and Rise Director, at 227-9622.