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.
The Salvation Army seeks Bell Ringers for various locations in Marquette and Ishpeming. To help the Marquette Salvation Army, call 226-2241; to help the Ishpeming Salvation Army, call 486-8121.
Lake Superior Hospice seeks volunteers for office assistance, friendly visitor, veteran to veteran, and community outreach. Call Director of Volunteers & Outreach Samantha Collins at 225-7760 or email scollins@ lakesuperiorhospice.org.
Licensed cosmetologists are needed for two hours once per month to cut and style wigs for patients with medical-related hair loss. Volunteers are needed to greet patients and visitors and to provide hospital information once per week for a four-hour shift. Gift Shop volunteers needed; days and times flexible. Call Marquette General Volunteer Services 225-3280 or email email@example.com.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger counties seeks Big Brothers for its community program in Marquette, Munising, Gwinn/Sawyer and Ishpeming areas. Big Sisters are needed in the Gwinn/Sawyer and Ishpeming areas. BBBS also has a boy in Ishpeming and a girl in the Harvey area waiting for matches in the SWIM Program, which matches children with type 1 diabetes to a mentor who also has type 1 diabetes. BBBS is always accepting new applications for Little Brothers and Little Sisters living in Marquette and Alger counties. Call Liz Sherman at 475-7801.
The RSVP Veterans History Project seeks volunteers to transcribe veteran interviews for its oral history collection project - most are 30 to 90 minutes long. Completed interviews are copied and given to the veteran, and also sent to the Library of Congress for the national project. Call Amy at 485-1782.
Lake Superior Hospice seeks volunteers for office assistance, friendly visitor, veteran to veteran, and community outreach. Call Samantha Collins at 906-225-7760 or email scollins @lakesuperiorhospice.org