For the Citizenship Edge, you will need 100 hours that may include a combination of service-learning, community service, and civic engagement (a minimum of 10 hours must be civic engagement opportunities).  

 

You will need to do three separate volunteer activities. Civic engagement activities include attending political, governmental, ASNMU, non-profit, or board meetings including school board or PTO meetings, attending public hearings or working on a political campaign or project.

Additional opportunities can also be found at Yooper United.

Check this link out for more opportunities.


The Alzheimer's Association is looking for Alzheimer's Association Community Educators (AACEs) who are volunteer public speakers who help raise awareness, provide education and expand the research of Alzheimer's Association programs in the community.  AACEs deliver Alzheimer's Association Core Curriculum using prepared training materials on topics related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias as well as information for individuals and families impacted by the disease.

KEY ACTIVITIES:

  • Communicate effectively and deliver Core Curriculum (Common Programs) presentations and information to the community.
  • Adhere to Alzheimer's Association’s established curricula and position statements.
  • Work with Alzheimer’s Association staff partners to identify and coordinate education programs that reach target audiences. Coordination includes securing program partner, scheduling, preparing presentations, and managing needed materials.
  • Serve as presenter for chapter-scheduled education programs and conferences.
  • Connect members of the community with additional Association services by proactively making referrals to Alzheimer's Association programs & free 24/7 Helpline.
  • Complete necessary paperwork for reporting.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proactive and passionate about the mission of Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Demonstrated success with public speaking, excellent presentation and education skills.
  • Understanding of adult learning principles.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Comfort with computers and familiarity with email and PPT presentations.
  • Ability to network, and collaborate with staff, volunteers, and community partners.
  • Experience with dementia as a family member or health care professional preferred.

COMMITMENT EXPECTED:

  • AACE volunteers commit to a 1-year term delivering a minimum of 12 presentations.
  • Terms are renewable upon successful completion of annual goal-setting conversation with your staff partner.
  • Orientation includes: online program volunteer welcome and orientation (1 hour) + self-study or in-person role training with staff partner (~2 hours).
  • AACE volunteers must observe 1 community presentation led by a staff or mentor + present 1 Common Program while being observed /evaluated by a staff or mentor prior to deployment in the community.
  • Background checks are required as part of the volunteer selection process.
  • Comply with Alzheimer’s Association volunteer policies and procedures.
  • Participate in initial training and ongoing education about Alzheimer’s, dementia and the Alzheimer's Association.

BENEFITS TO THE VOLUNTEER:

  • Perfect your public speaking ability and technique.
  • Serve your local community and people you care about.
  • Increase your knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Be recognized in your community as a leader and resource for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Build your resume and skill set.
  • Perfect your community engagement technique and help mobilize your community to create a world without Alzheimer’s.
  • Join a network of other volunteers, Alzheimer's Association staff and professionals and caregivers in the aging field.

    For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sundi Taylor at sdtaylor@alz.org or 906-361-4077.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is looking for volunteers in the Marquette area to participate in their Road to Recovery program. This program links volunteer drivers with patients who are in need of transportation to and from treatments and appointments. Volunteers would be trained through an online teaching series, need to have valid automobile insurance and a current driver's license. Volunteers must also have a good driving record and any availability during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The ACS understands that people have their own activities to attend to and appreciate any time volunteers have to offer even if it's only a couple hours a week. If interested, you can call 1-800-227-2345 to start coordinating your volunteering, and if you have any more questions, contact Andrea Cassell at andrea.cassell@cancer.org!


The American Red Cross is looking for three volunteers to help with their Disaster Action Team (DAT). DAT provides 24-hour emergency response to local disasters, particularly house fires, ensuring that those affected have access to resources for basic necessities such as food, shelter, and clothing. DAT members participate in all DAT program support and capacity building activities necessary to ensure effective service delivery during a response. For more information, please contact Monica Vernier at monica.vernier@redcross.org or 248-331-6523.


The American Red Cross is looking for two volunteers to help with their Pillowcase Project, a national youth preparedness program offered by Red Cross regions across the country. The 40- or 60-minute presentation provides emergency preparedness education to youth in grades 3-5 (ages 8-11) in school classrooms and other settings. Numerous tools have been developed for this program including a standardized curriculum, workbook, quizzes and activities which have been carefully constructed with the help of curriculum and hazard experts. Many tools for presenters have been developed to foster consistency and fidelity to the program goals and objectives. The highly interactive presentation addresses home fire safety, a local natural hazard, psycho-social coping skills and household preparedness steps like making a plan and a kit. Volunteer roles include either being a presenter, presentation assistant, administrative support, or presenter trainer! For more information, contact Monica Vernier at monica.vernier@redcross.org or 248-331-6523.


The American Red Cross has a Home Fire Campaign in March; we can accept groups and students looking for a seasonal opportunity. The Home Fire Campaign aims to save lives by installing smoke alarms and educating residents about home fire risk by providing home-safety checklists and plans in vulnerable neighborhoods. Please contact Monica Vernier at monica.vernier@redcross.org or 248-331-6523 for more information.


Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is getting started with their School/Site Based Program for the 2022-2023 school year! Below are the days and times that volunteer mentors (Bigs) are needed. 

Our School/Site Based Program is supervised by BBBS staff on-site at local schools or other community settings. Bigs meet with their Littles once a week for the entire academic school year (fall & winter semester). The program takes place on the same day and time each week. We follow the NMU academic schedule and would not meet during your scheduled breaks. During these sessions, a professional staff member will guide the match through activities designed to strengthen the match relationship and help youth build important strengths such as motivation, resilience, self-esteem, and social skills to help them succeed in life.

Here are the available days and times we are looking for volunteers:

Bothwell Middle School (Boys & Girls), Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm 
Lake Superior Village (Girls), Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Lake Superior Village (Boys), Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Superior Hills Elementary - TBD  

We are still waiting to confirm the day and time from one other school. If you are interested in volunteering but the times we currently have available do not work for you, please still complete an application and write in your available days and times in the appropriate space given.

Once we receive your application, we will reach out to you to schedule an in-person interview on the NMU campus. 

Click here to complete an application

Please contact Carli, VP of Programs, at carli@bbbsmqt or (906) 251-8047 if you have any questions. 


Care Clinic is a pregnancy resource center with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. We have two centers, one in Marquette and one at Sawyer. We are volunteer based and provide free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, educational parenting/pregnancy lessons, and a family resource closet to the community. We are looking for volunteer receptionists, mentors, housekeepers, data entry, and special project volunteers. All positions have short-time commitments and flexibility. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 906-228-2273. 


Do you like to play bingo?  If so, the Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee is looking for volunteers on Monday-Friday's at 7 p.m. as well as Saturday's and Sunday's at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. to assist residents who are physically challenged with bingo.  We are also looking for volunteers to do one-on-one visits with our residents and to assist them with outings (shopping and eating).  If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Rose Moffatt, activity director, or Amy Fraley, assistant director, at 906-475-7500 ext. 121.  In order to volunteer at Eastwood, you will need to have a TB test (which is provided free of charge) and sign HIPPA and confidentiality policy forms.  Eastwood is located at 900 Maas St. in Negaunee which is 9 miles west of Marquette (when you come to the first stoplight in Negaunee, you will turn left and it is the first driveway on the right).


The Ishpeming Ski Club is looking for volunteers to help with their annual ski jumping tournament that will be held Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 from 4-9 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with parking, hill marking, hill packing, etc. If you are interested, please contact Kim Larson at kimlarson518@gmail.com or 906-869-2127.


The Lighthouse at Ishpeming Health and Rehabilitation Center, 435 Stoneville Road in Ishpeming, is in need of volunteers!  Volunteers would mostly work with the activities department to socialize with the residents, both one-on-one and in group settings.  They would assist in various activities such as bingo, card games, balloon volleyball, music activities, and a cooking group.  You would be engaging with diverse residents with various ages/disabilities.  Volunteers aren't required to work a specific amount of hours but would need to set up a suggested schedule with our activities department.  If interested, please contact Nick, activities director, at 906-485-1073.


Marquette County Cares (MC2) is our community coalition working to improve resiliency and decrease risk factors.  It is a coalition of community members, businesses, and service organizations working together to assess issues in the community and improve services.  Volunteers can join work groups in the areas of data collection, public relations, funding, community board maintenance, community resource evaluation, and youth involvement.  Volunteers can also offer time for specific events including youth activities, fundraising events, and community awareness activities.  Please contact Mary Harris at mharris@mqtco.org or 906-315-2613.


The Marquette County Medical Care Facility, located at 200 Saginaw St. in Ishpeming, is looking for volunteers to work one-on-one with the geriatric population.  Interested applicants are subject to a background check, a two-step TB test along with an interview and reference check prior to placement.  This is a great way to share any special skills you have with the elderly.  If you are interested, please contact Tina Koski at 906-204-1021.


Marquette Area Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) needs volunteers to help with childcare during their meetings, the first Thursday of the month from September - May from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 305 W. Magnetic St., Marquette. Children range in age from newborn through kindergarten. Any interested candidates over the age of 18 would be subject to a background check prior to their first volunteer date. If you're interested, please email Renee Jewett at rkivioja@nmu.edu to request a MOPS disclosure form or let us know if you are a returning volunteer. If new, you'll receive a Google "Disclosure/Release/Authorization" form to complete electronically. Once your information is received, a background check will be completed, and you'll be contacted. For more information, you may also message our Marquette Area MOPS Facebook page.


The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC), the state’s lead agency on volunteerism and service, can offer students meaningful service opportunities, internships, or career development in the nonprofit sector.

AmeriCorps

If you have not heard of AmeriCorps, many people refer to it as the domestic version of Peace Corps. AmeriCorps seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. 

We offer opportunities with different time commitments and requirements, so that individuals can serve in whatever capacity works for their goals and lifestyle. AmeriCorps operates within six key areas: Education, disaster response, economic opportunity, veterans and military families, environmental stewardship, and healthy futures. Individuals who serve with AmeriCorps build new skillsets that they can take with them wherever they go, while older Americans can apply their hard-earned knowledge to make an impact in a new environment. AmeriCorps provides several benefits for its volunteers and members such as education awards, supplemental health insurance, loan deferment, and childcare. Benefits vary by program.

Your institution can be a conduit to these opportunities, is able to host members to serve a need at your college, or your institution can start its own program.

Volunteering

There are volunteer opportunities that meet the essential criteria in helping with the COVID-19 pandemic locally, however, MCSC is connecting volunteers to needs by working with state level networks and associations. We can help you and your students develop new skills and support your community.

Career Pathways

The MCSC is developing opportunities to help individuals develop skills through service to aid them in finding long-term employment.  Students participating in service will be offered professional development training and finding a career pathway that’s best for them.

If you may benefit from any of these experiences, please contact Eilis Gambill at gambille@michigan.gov or (734) 255-0577 to set up a meeting. 


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MHDDS) is looking for volunteers to assist with supervising parenting time visits with youth who are in foster care. The visits are with the foster youth and their parents/families. These visits must be supervised via court orders. The volunteer must be willing to transport and attend the visits, a State of Michigan vehicle will be provided. The visits are often conducted between 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and are approximately 1-2 hours in length. This is a great opportunity to learn more about children services; the volunteer will be working alongside foster care workers and supervisors of MDHSS. A background check is required for this position. Please contact Jim Gray at 906-458-2714 or grayj13@michigan.gov.


NMU Wildpups is looking for volunteers to help set up, be a student coordinator, and tear down NMU Wildpup events. Volunteers are mainly needed for greeting students/participants, encouraging them to participate in research, and funneling students through the event. We need help setting up in the Library, moving furniture, and tearing down after. Volunteers are more than welcome to visit the dogs as well! We are looking for 6 or more volunteers on the following dates:

Thursday, December 1 | 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Monday, December 12 | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed 1.5 hours before the event starts and 30 minutes after. For more information or to volunteer, please email animaltherapy@nmu.edu.


Norlite Nursing Center is a licensed skilled nursing home.  We believe our first responsibility is to our residents.  We are dedicated to providing the highest professional care in a home-like and loving environment.  We believe we are responsible to the communities we serve.  We accept our role in enhancing the quality of life by supporting civic pride, economic development, better health and education, and protection of the environment.  Duties for volunteers include helping with bingo, art projects, games, movie nights, socializing, community outings, men's group, parties, entertainment, or your own idea!  Volunteers are needed seven days a week at numerous times.  Residents enjoy being entertained; Norlite is always looking for individuals or groups that enjoy doing music performances, fine art performances, and/or educational lectures that involve participation from residents.  Please contact Vanessa Miazga at 906-228-9252 or norlite@gmail.com for more information.


Want to learn about volunteer and leadership opportunities at the UP 200 – Midnight Run – Jack Pine 30 sled dog races (Feb 17-19, 2023)? Come to an interest meeting on Tuesday, December 6 from 7-9 p.m. in Harden Hall 224. We will provide information about volunteer and leadership opportunities. For more information about volunteer opportunities, check out https://www.up200.org/volunteers/. If you have questions, please contact Darlene at dwalch@nmu.edu.


The U.P. Equestrian Center (located 10 miles south of Marquette) has volunteer opportunities over the summer. Opportunities include assisting with stable management, horse feeding, cleaning, grooming, exercise, riding lessons, and facility operations. Weekday and weekend hours available. You can visit our website at www.UPEquestrianCenter.com. Call or text Victoria at 906-235-4780.


WNMU-TV (PBS) is looking for student volunteers to assist in our weekly “Ask the Expert” television series. Shows air live most Thursday evenings from 8-9 p.m. Volunteers would need to come to WNMU’s studios, located in the basement of Harden Hall, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. on the night(s) they are scheduled to work. We need volunteers to answer viewer calls, write down viewer questions and submit them to our panel of experts for an on-air response. Volunteers will receive a short training immediately before their first show. Students interested in volunteering for one or more Thursday evenings should contact Mike Settles with the date(s) they’re available to work. Mike can be reached at (906) 227-1310 or msettles@nmu.edu. Mike will respond with a confirmation phone call or email. More information on the WNMU-TV’s “Ask the Expert” series is available at: https://wnmutv.nmu.edu/programs/ask-the/.


The Women’s Center provides 24/7 emergency intervention and crisis-intervention services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking in the surrounding area. The center provides individual/group counseling and advocacy through programs that Protect, Educate, Advocate, Counsel, and Empower (PEACE). Duties of volunteers vary depending on where the student chooses to volunteer.  For more information, contact: Michelle Fortunato at 906-225-1346 or mfortunato@miuplink.com.


The Women’s Center’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is actively seeking new members. SART volunteers provide crisis intervention and support services to survivors of sexual assault. SART volunteers are “on call” during non-business hours and provide direct support at the hospital for victims of sexual assault. They are looking for volunteers with active listening skills, the ability to be non-judgmental and empathetic, and be willing to advocate for victims’ rights. Volunteers will complete extensive training and must be willing to make a long term commitment to the team. Interested volunteers can contact Amy Bilodeau at 906-225-1346 or by email at akordus@miuplink.com.


The YMCA has a lot of exciting events. The YMCA would love to involve NMU student volunteers in our organization. We are using the United Way's tool titled “Yooper’s United” to source our volunteers. This site (https://www.yoopersunited.com/) makes it easy for members of the community to find and register for volunteer opportunities. We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to make an account and “Become a Fan” of The David & Thu Brule YMCA of Marquette County page. This will show all our events and help students register.


The YMCA of Marquette County has many volunteer opportunities:  member service volunteer, internships, departmental volunteers, kid zone aid, kids' gym volunteer, y-lounge mentors, Lake Superior Village mentors/homework helpers, wellness center assistant, youth and adult sport assistant coaches, chaperones, and event staff.  The YMCA is currently looking for volunteers to help in the Child Development Center. Volunteers would be helping facilitate snack time and nap time. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-3 p.m. For more information, please contact Ashley McGrath at 906-227-9622 or by e-mail at amcgrath@ymcamqt.org.
 

 

The League of Women Voters has started again in Marquette.  We are nonpartisan, and our mission is to educate voters about candidates and the issues on all side of political debates.  In addition we do voter registration work.  Please contact Mary Pelton Cooper at mpeltoncooper@gmail.com for more information. 


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Interested in volunteering abroad?  Check back for upcoming opportunities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is getting started with their School/Site Based Program for the 2022-2023 school year! Below are the days and times that volunteer mentors (Bigs) are needed. 

Our School/Site Based Program is supervised by BBBS staff on-site at local schools or other community settings. Bigs meet with their Littles once a week for the entire academic school year (fall & winter semester). The program takes place on the same day and time each week. We follow the NMU academic schedule and would not meet during your scheduled breaks. During these sessions, a professional staff member will guide the match through activities designed to strengthen the match relationship and help youth build important strengths such as motivation, resilience, self-esteem, and social skills to help them succeed in life.

Here are the available days and times we are looking for volunteers:

Bothwell Middle School (Boys & Girls), Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm 
Lake Superior Village (Girls), Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Lake Superior Village (Boys), Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Superior Hills Elementary - TBD  

We are still waiting to confirm the day and time from one other school. If you are interested in volunteering but the times we currently have available do not work for you, please still complete an application and write in your available days and times in the appropriate space given.

Once we receive your application, we will reach out to you to schedule an in-person interview on the NMU campus. 

Click here to complete an application

Please contact Carli, VP of Programs, at carli@bbbsmqt or (906) 251-8047 if you have any questions. 


The Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center is looking for volunteers, interns, and tutors for our After-School Program running 3-6 p.m. on the weekdays. The age group is 5-15 years ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade. We are looking for passionate volunteers to contribute their time and talents to creating lasting and meaningful moments of guidance and mentoring with the youth at our center. Volunteers are the heart, soul and backbone of a strong community.

If you are willing to inspire and share your skills with our youth, please contact Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center, 1901 Longyear Ave., Marquette, at 906-225-1900 ext. 112 or 906-458-7550 (cell).

The After-School Program is from 4-6 p.m. and Tutoring is from 3:00-4:30 p.m.


Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a non-profit organization in Marquette whose mission is to help alleviate loneliness and isolation in the elderly.  We do this through two programs.  The first being our Friendly Visiting program, where we pair a volunteer and an elder up to help them build a friendship.  If you are interested, please e-mail Andrea at andrea.harvey@littlebrothers.org.

The second is through our Holiday Dinners.  At our Holiday meals, we serve over 100 in our community.  Some of them attend and some of them have their meals delivered to them.  The importance of these meals is to not only provide them with food but with fellowship on a holiday.  To carry out these meals we rely on volunteers.  Last year we were lucky enough to have a hall volunteer and couple of other Northern students for our Easter meal.  Our guests absolutely loved having them there.  The connection with the youth of our community is so vital to them.  Many of them attended Northern or had children or family that attended or worked at Northern.  They love to see Northern students, because you are just starting to live your dreams, that alone is such an exciting memory and thought to them.

To be able to serve this meal to our community it requires that we have the service of 72 volunteers.  I would love for half of those volunteers to come from Northern.  It would make for a great story along with help promote and recognize Northern students and everything you give to our community.  I will also have letters of service which I will be more than happy to sign for all volunteers to help them towards earning scholarships, recognition, or help along the job hunt.  I will also be more than happy to write a personal letter of service/reference to any volunteers who help serve.  

So if you or anyone in your hall is available, please join us for our Holiday Meal.  Whether it is a group or individually, you will be greatly appreciated.  If you would like to volunteer, contact Andrea at andrea.harvey@littlebrothers.org.


Room at the Inn is a certified 501 C (3) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission has been to provide short-term shelter and services (i.e., food, career development assistance, and accessibility to resources) for any individuals unhoused. It is because of the help of community volunteers and support that we've been able to sustain services for more than 14 years. During our time, we have served 1,200+ unique individuals, served 350,000+ meals, and utilized 230,000+ volunteer hours. Volunteers and donors, such as yourself, contribute to the sustainability of our operations by serving meals for our guests, engaging in conversation, and ensuring that individuals experiencing homelessness don't have to experience it alone.

How to sign up: Room at the Inn coordinates volunteers through United Way's "Yoopers United" online portal https://uwmqt.galaxydigital.com/agency/detail/?agency_id=11525.

  • If it is your first time using Yoopers United, you will need to create a sign in, which only takes just a minute.
  • Under the date that you would like to volunteer, you can choose to either “Respond Individually” if you are looking to assist as an individual, or “Respond as Team” if you and 1+ other person(s) are looking to help

Your time, compassion, and service provided is what helps to Room at the Inn open to serve any unhoused person(s) in Marquette. Thank you so much for your contributions!
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Marquette County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) is looking for one-day or on-going volunteers to work on home builds or repairs, admin or office work (data entry, cold calls, mailings, projects or events) or at the ReStore to help build strength and stability in our communities. Students have the opportunity to build their resumes and help their communities to become more financially independent. Please contact Cindy at 906-228-3578 or cindy@mqthabitat.org to get set up with a volunteer opportunity that fits you – no experience necessary just your willing presence!


Teaching Family Homes of the Upper Peninsula is a non-profit organization that aims to provide quality care to at-risk youth throughout Upper Michigan. We help youth develop life skills while utilizing a trauma-informed method of teaching. Our residential program in Marquette is currently looking for highly motivated volunteers, interns and staff to work in the homes with youth. Requirements are a high school diploma, excellent driving record and background check. Preference will be given to those with a degree or experience in social work, sociology, psychology, education, criminal justice, or other health and human services fields. For more information or to apply, please contact Linnea Wyma at lwyma@tfhomes.org or call 906-249-5437.

If you would like to have your opportunity added, please fill out the questionnaire. If you have enough volunteers, please e-mail us at edge@nmu.edu to have your opportunity removed from our site. Thank you!