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 calling 315-2607 — the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Younger potential volunteers should contact the agencies directly.

Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum

The Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum in Ishpeming runs year round, with gift shop and tours providing visitors with local history. Volunteer needed to keep gift shop open while tours are in progress. Cliffs Shaft Iron Museum is an RSVP station, providing volunteer support for volunteers aged 55 and over.


Disability Network of the U.P. is seeking positive, compassionate and patient volunteers to assist the local center for independent living with front desk operations. Duties include answering phones, greeting visitors, responding to calls, filling out basic intake questions, directing consumers to employees and basic clerical items. SAIL provides training, support and guidance for all volunteers. Please contact SAIL Assistant Director, Matt Matulewicz at mattm@upsail.org or call SAIL at 906-228-5744 if you are interested.

Care Clinics of Marquette and Sawyer

The Care Clinic offers pregnancy help and educational resources for families. We are currently in need of receptionists and male and female mentors for both facilities. Hourly times can be as short as two hours up to six hours in a day — whatever fits with your schedule. We provide training and are a faith-based organization that strongly cares for each individual who walks through our doors. You will feel love here and enjoy your time giving to the organization. Contact Wendy Pelto 906-228-2273 or email at wpelto@careclinicmqt.org

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.

St. Vincent DePaul’s Marquette Store

The Marquette Store is looking for volunteers to hang clothes. Call 226-3721 or email stvincent2119@yahoo.com.

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 Judy Kitchen at 906-225-1769 or contact the New Free Store at 906-362-3733.

Trillium House Volunteers

The only hospice house in the central Upper Peninsula, Trillium House is looking for a few good cooks, cleaners, front desk folk, and listeners. We’re home to hospice patients who cannot be safe and comfortable in their home at the end of life. Volunteers help us care for them and their families by taking on tasks that free up our care staff to spend as much time as possible with Residents. Located in Marquette, not far from Tadych’s EconoFoods, we are easy to find and could truly use your help. Our volunteer application is available on our website trilliumhospicehouse .org and you can call 273-1653 with questions.


TRIAD group is looking for new members to be a part of seniors and law enforcement working together to improve the quality of life for seniors in Marquette County. We work on improving the safety and well-being of seniors by educating them and having resources available to reduce the criminal victimization and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to older citizens in Marquette County. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. Call 315-2607 to learn more and to see if this is something that would be a good fit for YOU!

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 315-2607 if you are interested.

Volunteer needed to visit client monthly to change batteries on Lifetracker units. Training provided by RSVP of Marquette County. Lifetracker provides tracking systems for aging adults and youth with memory issues or autism spectrum disorders, to assist local emergency workers when an individual wanders. Consider donating your time to this valuable program. Contact Mary at 315-2607.

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 Big Bay/Marquette and Ishpeming/Republic/Michigamme communities. Call 315-2607 if interested.

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 Jennifer at 225-1521. She is available mornings Monday-Friday.

Community Action Alger Marquette

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

Cancer Care of Marquette County

is currently looking for a public relations volunteer. Person would be responsible to promote our one or two fundraisers throughout the year via public service announcements and free ads offered by various media outlets. Public appearances not necessarily a responsibility but hopefully would develop over time if the candidate is comfortable. Other opportunities are available to assist our organization if desired. Contact Dave at 273-0045.


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