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.

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 System-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.


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.

The DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans

The DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans (425 Fisher St. in Marquette) is a long-term care facility in Marquette and home to 170+ veterans. Haberdashery Volunteer: Join the Haberdashery team on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers sort donated clothing for use, organize unmarked laundry items, and help veterans choose new items (e.g. shoes) and label them for use.

Volunteers are needed in other areas too. Use your skills and interests to find (or create) a volunteer opportunity that benefits our local veterans and is rewarding for you such as cribbage, gardening, sewing and visiting. There is truly something for everyone. We welcome new volunteers who are ready to share their passions and bring a smile to the members’ faces. Contact Sarah Johnson at 906-226-3576 x2520396 or by email at johnsons93@michigan.org

4-H Tech Wizards

New opportunity 4-H Tech Wizards is seeking adult volunteers to mentor youths from 8 to 18 while helping them to explore interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) on a weekly basis. Do you have a hobby or interest you would like to share with an interested group? t is surprisingly easy to fit nearly any interest into a framework of STEAM programming. Do you just want to spend time helping younger people find their own interests? We have loads of programming available for mentors who prefer a more structured approach, no prior knowledge necessary. Mentors will be matched with youth based on a combination of shared interest and availability. As a mentor, you will be provided: Training as a 4-H volunteer and an opportunity to make a measurable difference in the lives of its participants. For more information call Desi Mims at 906-475-5731 or email mimsanth@msu.edu.

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.

Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice

Do you have a smile and a desire to help others? Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice, an independent 100% non-profit organization is looking for people like you to join our organization! As a volunteer for Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice you will be a member of our dedicated team that provides exceptional end-of-life care to patients and their families. LSLC&H strives to match a volunteer’s personal interests, talents, and comfort level with the needs of the patient and their family. We provide free comprehensive training to get you started along with continuing support and educational opportunities throughout the year.

Our volunteers provide friendly visits, errands, pet therapy, crafts, playing cards, fundraising, veterans-to-veterans, and office assistance. Of special note, there is a great need for licensed massage therapists and veterans to join our volunteer program as well. If you can be yourself, honest, and genuine, please do not hesitate to contact Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice at 906-225-7760 or email Susan Duquette, Volunteer Coordinator, at sduquette@lakesuperiorhospice.org.

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 Tadysch’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.

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.


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