Volunteer opportunities

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

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

Volunteers are needed to help serve the AMCAB Senior lunch at the Ishpeming Senior Center. Call 228-6522.

WNMU, Public Radio 90 Phone Volunteers are needed to help take listener pledges during on-air fundraiser Oct. 2 through Oct. 10. There are several shifts available during the day from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends. Must have legible handwriting and be able to write while speaking on the phone. Location is Public Radio 90 studios in basement of library on NMU campus. Call Sarah Stanley 906-227-2600 or email to sign up for a shift.

Volunteers are sought to help build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, through the Girl Scout leadership experience for girls in grades K-12. To apply, visit, call Jill Rady at 888-747-6945 or email

A volunteer from the Gwinn area is needed to do a monthly battery check for

Lifetracker clients. Training, support and mileage reimbursement is available. Call Yvonne Clark at 475-7997 for more information.

The Marquette County Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Harvey seeks volunteers to help with customer service and answering phones. Volunteers are also needed to help with home construction in Negaunee and Ishpeming. Call 228-3578, email or visit Experience is not necessary.

The D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans seeks volunteers to provide entertainment to veterans on weekends or possibly some evenings. Music, storytelling, slide presentations, etc., are acceptable. Looking to fill open dates on an ongoing or occasional basis at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays or Sundays for approximately one hour. Evenings are negotiable. Also sought are volunteers to assist with its the home’s haberdashery from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays to sort clothing donations and unclaimed laundry. Duties include sorting, folding and contact with the veterans. Call 226-3576, ext. 396.

Lake Superior Hospice seeks volunteers to join their volunteer team and participate in the free Fall Volunteer Training. The training will be held Oct. 18 and Oct.19. Volunteers are needed for office assistance, friendly visits, caregiver relief, veteran to veteran, and community outreach.

Call Samantha Collins, Director of Volunteers & Outreach, at 225-7760 ext. 217 or email

The Medical Care Access Coalition seeks volunteers for the summer; caring individuals to serve as enrollment counselors to help new patients with intake paperwork; and assistance with routine office tasks including data entry, filing and other projects. Hours are flexible. Visit or call 226-4400.

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

The Hiawatha National Forest Service seeks volunteers to help out at the Marquette greenhouse for the summer. Tasks would mostly entail watering. Email

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.

St. Vincent de Paul in Ishpeming seeks a volunteer with the skills to do minor electrical repairs such as replacing electrical cords or switches, to check out the donated electronics before they are put out in the store. Stop by or call the store at 486-4237.

Salvation Army in Marquette seeks one or two people to help a few hours each week in the food pantry, and someone who could answer the phone daily and take messages. Call Brittany Massoglia at 226-5028 or email A volunteer is also needed to work with youths at the S.A.F.E Center in Gwinn. For the S.A.F.E. Center call Tricia Coker 346-5974.

Messiah Lutheran Church, 305 W. Magnetic in Marquette, seeks adult volunteers for free activity nights for area youth from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Supervised activities include big screen movies, video games, board games, group games and snacks. Call the church at 225-1119 or visit

UPAWS seeks people to help with Wish List Collection Drives. Three times a month volunteers stand outside a local store and pass out the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter 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 e-mail address and enjoy working with children. Visit, call 906-227-1481 or e-mail

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

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 or visit Experience not necessary.

Upper Peninsula Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty seeks hospice volunteers for friendly visits, veteran-to-veteran, community outreach or to provide a needed break for caregivers.Call Volunteer Coordinator Tony Evans at 225-4545 or email

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 are needed; days and times flexible. Call Marquette General Volunteer Services 225-3280 or email

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. New applications for Little Brothers and Little Sisters living in Marquette and Alger counties are always accepted. Call Liz Sherman at 475-7801.

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 or visit

Bell Hospital seeks volunteers Kids Corner, the gift shop and two coffee carts. Kids Corner is an adult-supervised play area at the hospital where children are dropped off for one to two hours while parents attend doctor appointments in the building; there are no feeding or diaper changing responsibilities.

Gift shop volunteers run a register and provide customer service. Coffee cart help is needed at the hospital and Teal Lake. Call 485-2751.

Teaching Family Homes seeks volunteers for ongoing efforts, including animal care, classroom tutor, computer technology, environmental, facility maintenance, fine arts, grant writer/research, group home tutor/mentor, office support, publicity and marketing, school librarian, special events volunteer and sports and exercise. Call Rich Rossway at 249-5437.

American Cancer Society Resource Center seeks volunteers at its Peninsula Medical Center office to hand out literature and help patients organize information during treatment. All services are free, and the resource center is volunteer staffed.

Call 475-9897 or stop by the resource center, Suite 110 of the medical center off the Fair Avenue entrance. Call 225-3507 prior to visiting.