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 UPvolunteer.org.

Help introduce area youth to luge by spending some time helping out at the Negaunee Luge Run. Volunteers are needed to help fit helmets, get participants signed up, make hot chocolate in the heated chalet and do some very basic sled repair. Help is needed at the run, off Rolling Mill Road in Negaunee, after school Mondays and Wednesdays, and on Friday nights. Please call Tammy Wills at 361-4843 for more information.

Organizers of the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race are looking for volunteers to help with a number of tasks for the Feb. 14 and 15 race. It takes a lot of hands to help pull off this Upper Peninsula tradition – please consider helping in the headquarters, with merchandise, vet and bag check, dog handling, crowd control, set-up and take-down, as timers or record keepers, or at road crossings. For details or to sign up, visit the U.P. 200 website at www.up200.org, or call Anna Sanford at 869-4827.

Lake Superior Hospice an independent non-profit, is now seeking volunteers to join their Award Winning Volunteer Team. Volunteers are needed for office assistance, friendly visits, caregiver relief, veteran to veteran, and community outreach. To register, please contact Director of Volunteers & Outreach, Bethany Buehrly at 906.225.7760 or email bbuehrly@lakesuperiorhospice.org

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 activities@ brookridge-heights.com.

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

Girl Scout volunteers are priceless! Find out how you can help your daughter’s troop or how to start one by calling Jill Rady 920-955-3438 or stop and see me on Tuesdays after Jan. 1 at our Business office in the Westwood Mall, Marquette.

Volunteers are needed to check wristband batteries for the Lifetracker program. 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 Jane@mqthabitat.org or visit www.mqthabitat.org. Experience is not necessary.

The Medical Care Access Coalition seeks volunteers for the Winter; 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 www.upmcac.org 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 tonye@uphomehealth.org.

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 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 Captain Moore at 226-2241 for more information. A volunteer is also needed to work with youth 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 www.marquettelutherans.org

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 www.nmu.edu/devos, call 906-227-1481 or e-mail mmatusca@nmu.edu.

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 bplatt@ymcamqt.org.

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 Jane@mqthabitat.org or visit www.mqthabitat.org. 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 tonye@uphomehealth.org.

Working on your News Years Resolution? Make a year-long commitment to a child in your community today. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister. For more information please call 475-8901 or email liz@bbbsmqt.org

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 c.anderson@international-experience.net or visit www.iE-usa.com.

Bell Hospital Bell Hospital seeks volunteers for the gift shop to run a register and provide customer service. Help with the coffee cart and a new patient information/helper volunteer position is also needed. Call Julie at 485-2751 for more details.