There are hundreds of people and organizations who need your help.  Finding a volunteer activity that matches your strengths and interests makes volunteering especially rewarding.  Some recent volunteer activities have focused on the following:

MooseWood Nature Center

MooseWood is a non-profit nature center located at Presque Isle Park in Marquette and is looking for volunteers to host the center and welcome visitors, care for live animals during the week, help with visiting school groups and fundraisers like the Haunted Bog Walk in October. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Scot or Tiffany at 906-228-6250 or moosewoodnc@gmail.com.


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. Volunteers are needed 1.5 hours before the event starts and 30 minutes after. 

  • Monday September 27 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday October 14 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Monday October 25 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday November 2 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Monday November 15 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Monday December 6 from 1-3 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, please email animaltherapy@nmu.edu.


Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)

​The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter has many opportunities available from direct care of the animals to behind-the-scenes office work to helping at fundraisers and events. UPAWS is a busy place! We ask that in-shelter volunteers commit to a day and time that they can come weekly or at a minimum bi-monthly and be able to fulfill this commitment for a minimum of 6 months. All in-shelter volunteers must attend an orientation, which is held twice a month. In-shelter volunteers are needed 7 days a week from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. with Thursday's until 6:30 p.m.

If interested, please visit http://upaws.org/the-shelter/volunteer-opportunities to learn more. Contact Ann Brownell at volunteer@upaws.org or 906-475-6661 for more information.


Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association

Volunteers are needed to assist with two sled dog events: the UP 200 Dryland Dash and the UP 200 Midnight Run/Jack Pine 30 (held in February). There are numerous volunteer positions available both indoors and outdoors. Possible opportunities include start/finish setup and takedown; team leaders for road crossings; crowd control; vet check; times and recorders; merchandise and silent auction; communications and public relations; web content and updates about trail development and safety. Additional information can be found at www.up200.org.


Willow Farm Therapeutic Riding

We need volunteers to side walk next to horses carrying children with physical and cognitive disabilities. Volunteer training is required and will be held at Willow Farm. For more information, please contact Julie at 906-869-0424 or by e-mail at qfrazier0822@gmail.com

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.

Janzen House Inc.

The Janzen House is a homeless shelter/low-income living house, which can house up to 32 residents. Volunteers are needed to help paint, with meals, or clean and possibly with some office work.  For more information, please contact Brent Clark at 906-226-2271 or by e-mail at janzenhouseoffice@gmail.com.


Marquette County Habitat for Humanity

Marquette County Habitat for Humanity’s Vision:  A world where everyone has a decent place to live.  Our Mission Statement:  Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. 

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Being part of a work crew who works directly on construction/repair projects.
  • Participating on a committee that focuses on family selection and development, church relations, build site selection, public relations, and social media.
  • Helping in the office, organized donated lunches for work crews, stuffing envelopes, data entry, program development, fundraising, special projects, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Working in the ReStore, picking up, sorting, cleaning, merchandising donated items.

Please contact Karen Benstrom at 906-228-3578 or karen@mqthabitat.org at our administrative office.  Hours and dates are flexible.


Mothers of Pre-Schools (MOPS)

Marquette Area Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is in need of volunteers to help with childcare during our meetings which are held the second Thursday of the month from September-May (with the exception of February 7, not February 14), from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 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 e-mail Messiah.NancyH@gmail.com and request a MOPS disclosure form or let us know 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.


MSU Extension

The MSU Extension health and nutrition educator is looking for volunteers to help with updating nutrition and fitness education activities and materials, assist with cooking demonstrations and in classes for youth and/or adults, and occasional health fairs.  For more information, please contact Lynn Krahn at 906-475-5731 or by e-mail at krahn@anr.msu.edu.


Propylon Nonprofit Housing Corporation

Propylon has three types of volunteer activities available. Activity leaders are those that lead activities for residents such as exercise, art, gardening, and more. Caregivers help residents with personal and apartment care or errands. Companions spend quality time with residents such as going out for coffee. Please contact Odessa Adams for more information at 906-869-0928, 906-228-4446, or odessa.adams@lsswis.org.


Women’s Center

The Women’s Center in Marquette is looking for volunteers in three areas:  Harbor House Shelter Coverage, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Domestic Violence Advocacy Team (DVAT), and Court Support.  All volunteers should possess active listening skills, empathy skills, and be willing to advocate for victim rights. For more information, please contact Michelle Fortunato at 906-225-1346 ext. 204 or by e-mail at mfortunato@miuplink.com.  

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.

American Red Cross

The Superior UP Chapter of the American Red Cross assists with Disaster Services by meeting with people affected by disasters day or night to provide shelter, food, clothing and mental health services, collects over 1,000 pints of blood annually through their blood collection program, provides emergency communications to people in the armed services deployed overseas and provides education and training on safety topics such as life guarding, CPR/First Aid, and babysitters training. Students volunteering with the Red Cross can help with clerical work, be part of the Disaster Action Team, or work first-hand with disaster services clients, teach CPR and more. For more information, please call 906-228-3659.


Care Clinic

The Care Clinic is looking for volunteers to assist with various opportunities including receptionist positions, mentoring, cleaning, and special projects. Childcare volunteers are also needed for classes offsite. For more information, please contact Wendy Pelto at 906-228-2273 or by e-mail at wpelto@careclinicmqt.org.


D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans

This is a long-term health care facility for veterans. Volunteers are needed to help with transportation, bingo and other activities as well as visit with veterans. They are happy to have volunteers at any time throughout the year. Please contact Sarah Johnson at 906-226-3576 x2520396 or by e-mail at johnsons93@michigan.org.


MSU Extension

The MSU Extension health and nutrition educator can use volunteer efforts to help with updating nutrition and fitness education activities and materials, assist with cooking demonstrations and activities for classes of youth and/or adults, and occasional health fairs. For more information, please contact Lynn Krahn at 906-475-5731 or by e-mail at krahn@anr.msu.edu.


Propylon Nonprofit Housing Corporation

Propylon has three types of volunteer activities available. Activity leaders are those that lead activities for residents such as exercise, art, gardening, and more. Caregivers help residents with personal and apartment care or errands. Companions spend quality time with residents such as going out for coffee. Please contact Odessa Adams for more information at 906-869-0928, 906-228-4446, or odessa.adams@lsswis.org.


Willow Farm Therapeutic Riding

We need volunteers to side walk next to horses carrying children with physical and cognitive disabilities. Volunteer training is required and will be held at Willow Farm. For more information, please contact Julie at 906-869-0424 or by e-mail at qfrazier0822@gmail.com

4-H Tech Wizards

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? It 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 youths based on a combination of shared interests and shared availability. Our goal is to get this program up and running in Marquette County as quickly as possible with a sizable group of volunteers ready to work with groups of up to 4 young people.

As a mentor, you will be provided:

  • Training as a 4-H volunteer
  • Support from a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer dedicated to this program
  • Access to 4-H programming resources
  • A volunteer opportunity designed to make a measurable difference in the lives of its participants

For more information, please email Desi Mims, 4-H STEAM Corps, Tech Wizards Coordinator for MSU Extension, 184 US Hwy 41 E, Negaunee, at mimsanth@msu.edu or call 906-475-5731.


Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is getting started with our Site-Based Mentoring Programs for the 2021-2022 school year and need volunteers (Bigs). Our Site-Based Program takes place at local public schools or sites in the community all within five miles of the NMU campus. You would be matched one-on-one with an elementary/middle school student. This program is supervised by BBBS staff. We plan and facilitate all of the activities that you and your Little do together. The Site-Based program meets weekly for the entire academic school year (both fall and winter semester), and it would be the same day and time each week. We follow the NMU academic schedule and would not meet during your scheduled breaks. Below are the days and times that each program will take place.

  • Superior Hills Elementary School (Male & Female): Thursdays from 1:30 pm - 2:10 pm
  • Graveraet Elementary School (Male & Female): TBD 
  • Bothwell Middle School (Male & Female): Mondays from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
  • Lake Superior Village Youth & Family Center (Male): Wednesdays from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
  • Lakes Superior Village Youth & Family Center (Female): Tuesdays from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

As you see above, 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 and orientation completion, we will reach out to you to schedule an in-person interview on the NMU campus. 

Click here for the Site-Based Volunteer Application

Click here for the Site-Based Volunteer Orientation  

Please email carli@bbbsmqt.org with any questions or call/text (906) 251-8047 for more information. 


Camp Quality Upper Peninsula is looking for volunteers to become camp companions for children who are diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.  This camp is a result of the partnership with Bay Cliff Health Camp, Camp Quality, and the Upper Peninsula Lions Childhood Cancer Program.  New programs are developing in the Upper Peninsula for weeklong camps in 2022.  Volunteers can become a companion paired one-to-one with a camper at our weeklong camp, volunteer at our weekend events, and help plan and implement other camper and family programs throughout the year.  

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.  Summer positions for 2021 include Virtual Camp preparation, attend Camp Kick Off Event in June, at Bay Cliff Health Camp and the Fall Family Weekend in September.  Volunteer positions require a short training following the interview process and background check.  For more information go to www.campqualityusa.org/mi or contact Chris Smith, Upper Peninsula Lions Childhood Cancer Chairperson, at 1-313-682-8900 or lionchris906pcc@outlook.com.         


Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes

We offer year-round opportunities to make a difference in lives of girls and young women through Girl Scouting. You will develop leadership and organizational skills while you enrich the lives of girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. We depend on local volunteers and offer positions in troop leadership, camp staff, and interest group leadership. Most troop activities begin during the fall semester, but troop assistants are requested year round. Let us help you find a connection that fits your schedule. Training may be required for your position. Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Contact Christina Merrill-Hill at 920-955-3453 or by e-mail at cmerrill@gsnwgl.com. You can visit our office at the Westwood Mall and visit our website at www.gsnwgl.org.


North Star Academy

North Star Academy has volunteer opportunities for volunteering in classrooms from preschool to 12th grade. Students will be exposed to Montessori approaches and project-based learning classrooms. We also have volunteer opportunities for event planning and set up, nursing students, social work students, psychology students and more! For more information, please contact Andrea Ballard at 906-226-0156 ext. 12 or by e-mail at aballard@nsacd.com

Conservation Crew

NMU Conservation Crew volunteers with various local, environmental organizations 1-3 times every week. Even if you are not interested in being involved with Crew, we are a good resource for nature-related volunteering opportunities that involve working outside. For more information, contact nmuconservationcrew@gmail.com.


MooseWood Nature Center

MooseWood is a non-profit nature center located at Presque Isle Park in Marquette and is looking for volunteers to host the center and welcome visitors, care for live animals during the week, help with visiting school groups and fundraisers like the Haunted Bog Walk in October. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Scot or Tiffany at 906-228-6250 or moosewoodnc@gmail.com.


Yellow Dog Water Preserve (YDWP)

YDWP offers three programs where volunteers are encouraged to participate: volunteer stream monitoring program, volunteer land monitoring program, and cooperative lakes monitoring program. Primarily volunteers are needed from May-October. A love of the outdoors in helpful. When participating, you will see new areas, meet new people, and get new experiences in any field pertaining to ecology. For more information, please contact Rochelle Dale at 906-345-9223 or at ydwp@yellowdogwatershed.org. Additional information can be found at www.yellowdogwatershed.org.

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.

DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans

The DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans is a long-term care facility in Marquette and home to 175+ veterans. Use your skills and interests to find (or create) a volunteer opportunity that benefits our local veterans and is rewarding for you. Like playing cribbage? Enjoy writing letters? Want to play Bingo? Like technology and can teach Internet 101? Care to sit and visit? Play an instrument? Love sports? 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.  Please contact Sarah Johnson at 906-226-3576 x2520396 or by e-mail at johnsons93@michigan.org.  The D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans is located on 425 Fisher Street in Marquette. 


Marquette County Medical Care Facility

Volunteers are needed 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. The Marquette County Medical Care Facility is located at 200 Saginaw Street in Ishpeming.

Bothwell Middle School

Bothwell is looking for students to help tutor middle school students in a variety of subjects.  If interested, please contact Lesley Addison at 906-225-4262 or by e-mail at laddison@mapsnet.org. She will then forward your contact information to parents that are searching for tutors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is getting started with our Site-Based Mentoring Programs for the 2021-2022 school year and need volunteers (Bigs). Our Site-Based Program takes place at local public schools or sites in the community all within five miles of the NMU campus. You would be matched one-on-one with an elementary/middle school student. This program is supervised by BBBS staff. We plan and facilitate all of the activities that you and your Little do together. The Site-Based program meets weekly for the entire academic school year (both fall and winter semester), and it would be the same day and time each week. We follow the NMU academic schedule and would not meet during your scheduled breaks. Below are the days and times that each program will take place.

  • Superior Hills Elementary School (Male & Female): Thursdays from 1:30 pm - 2:10 pm
  • Graveraet Elementary School (Male & Female): TBD 
  • Bothwell Middle School (Male & Female): Mondays from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
  • Lake Superior Village Youth & Family Center (Male): Wednesdays from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
  • Lakes Superior Village Youth & Family Center (Female): Tuesdays from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

As you see above, 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 and orientation completion, we will reach out to you to schedule an in-person interview on the NMU campus. 

Click here for the Site-Based Volunteer Application

Click here for the Site-Based Volunteer Orientation  

Please email carli@bbbsmqt.org with any questions or call/text (906) 251-8047 for more information. 


Child and Family Services of the U.P. - Before & After School Program

We are looking for volunteers to support program activities for school-aged children, ages 5-12, both before and after school. Volunteers would have an opportunity to plan daily activities both indoor and out. For more information, contact Margaret Rogers at 906-228-4050 or by e-mail at mrogers@cfsup.org.


Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes

We offer year-round opportunities to make a difference in lives of girls and young women through Girl Scouting. You will develop leadership and organizational skills while you enrich the lives of girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. We depend on local volunteers and offer positions in troop leadership, camp staff, and interest group leadership. Most troop activities begin during the fall semester, but troop assistants are requested year round. Let us help you find a connection that fits your schedule. Training may be required for your position. Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Contact Lori Doney at 906-361-3320 or at ldoney@gsnwgl.org. You can visit our office at 712 Chippewa Square, Suite 202, in Marquette or visit our website at www.gsnwgl.org


Marquette Area Public Schools is looking for volunteers to assist with lunch supervision for elementary students ages junior kindergarten to 5th grade Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. We are having difficulty hiring supervisors. The duties entail helping to deliver lunches to classrooms, supervising students while eating in their classrooms, and supervising on the playground. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Anderson at standerson@mapsnet.org or 906-225-4295.


MooseWood Nature Center

MooseWood is a non-profit nature center located at Presque Isle Park in Marquette and is looking for volunteers to host the center and welcome visitors, care for live animals during the week, help with visiting school groups and fundraisers like the Haunted Bog Walk in October. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Scot or Tiffany at 906-228-6250 or moosewoodnc@gmail.com.


Mothers of Pre-Schools (MOPS)

Marquette Area Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is in need of volunteers to help with childcare during our meetings which are held the second Thursday of the month from September-May (with the exception of February 7, not February 14), from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 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 e-mail Messiah.NancyH@gmail.com and request a MOPS disclosure form or let us know 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.


Special Olympics

Volunteer opportunities can range from attending an event to show support to athletes to being a part of an event in helping in multiple areas as well as becoming a coach and having opportunities to travel to other areas and State Games. For more information, please visit the Michigan Special Olympics website at www.somi.org/area36.


Teaching Family Homes

Teaching Family Homes is currently looking for volunteers to help with their community event Hallopalooza. Volunteers are needed for help with face painting, our "spooky trick-or-treat trail," parking, and other tasks. Volunteers are also needed in their homes to do various activities with the children and help out during recreational times. Contact Deidre Robbert at 906-249-5437 ext. 121 or drobbert@tfhomes.org for more information.


YMCA of Marquette County

The YMCA is starting its fall programing and 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.


YMCA of Marquette County

The YMCA is looking for volunteers to assist with various events throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities include monthly middle school dance chaperones, administration work with the CEO, sport coaches (gymnastics, lacrosse, etc.), front desk greeters, full credit internships, work study and pool deck managers. We are also looking for volunteers for the Halloween at the Y and Healthy Kids Day events. For more information, please contact Jenna Zdunek at 906-227-9622 or jzdunek@ymcamqt.org. More opportunities can be found at www.ymcamqt.org.

Check this link out for more opportunities.

 

 

American Red Cross

The Superior UP Chapter of the American Red Cross assists with Disaster Services by meeting with people affected by disasters day or night to provide shelter, food, clothing and mental health services, collects over 1,000 pints of blood annually through their blood collection program, provides emergency communications to people in the armed services deployed overseas and provides education and training on safety topics such as life guarding, CPR/First Aid, and babysitters training. Students volunteering with the Red Cross can help with clerical work, be part of the Disaster Action Team, and work first-hand with disaster services clients, teach CPR and more. For more information, please contact Sarah Hemminger at 906-228-3659 or by e-mail at sarah.hemminger2@redcross.org.


Cancer Care of Marquette County

Cancer Care of Marquette County is looking for volunteers to help with internet sales of donated paintings and/or public relations of the organization. In this opportunity, volunteers would promote fundraising activities by utilizing free media sites and placing posters in local businesses. Opportunities for public appearances are possible if the volunteer is interested. For more information, please contact Dave Poirier at 906-273-0045 or poirph@msn.com or visit the Cancer Care of Marquette County Facebook page.


The Fresh Coast Film Festival is looking for volunteers on Thursday, October 14 - Saturday, October 16 from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. and on Sunday, October 17, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. The festival will gather the best in environmental and cultural filmmaking from around the world while creating a venue for, and building a culture of, Great Lakes storytelling.

Volunteers are needed throughout the festival to assist with a variety of area. Volunteer applications are available at https://freshcoastfilm.com/volunteer Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 8 with assignments being emailed out the week of Monday, October 11. Assignments will be made based on availability, venues requested and positions requested. Volunteers who complete two shifts receive a complimentary weekend pass.

Duties include:

  • Emcee - Introduce films to the audience by reading from a script during film blocks.
  • Door Monitor - Verify wristbands and patron passes upon entry to venues.
  • Usher - Oversee patron VIP seating at venues as well as other various venue duties.
  • Box Office/Merch Booth - Sell tickets and passes as well as festival merchandise to patrons.

For questions or more information, contact Katie or Victoria at volunteer@freshcoastfilm.com.


Goodwill Industries of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Goodwill is looking for volunteers to process donations, assist with office administration, help on the sales floor, aid in maintenance of the grounds, and other various jobs. Please contact Deb LaMere at 906-273-1830 or dlamere@gwnwup.org. for more information.


Great Lakes Recovery Center

The Great Lakes Recovery Foundation is responsible for all fundraising, outreach and marketing of Great Lakes Recovery Centers. Volunteers are needed for various events throughout the year as well as with our annual report, mailings, office help, and/or monthly photography program at the Adolescent Services Center. For more information, please contact Amy Poirier at 906-523-9688 or apoirier@greatlakesrecovery.org.


Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice

Volunteers are needed to be friendly visitors for hospice patients and support various office tasks such as fundraising, mailings, patient legacy, and more. Please contact Susie Duquette at 906-225-7760 or sduquette@lakesuperiorhospice.org for more information.


Lutheran Social Services/Voices for Youth

Lutheran Social Services is looking for volunteers to assist with several different tasks, such as: coordinating Homeless Awareness Month events, booths, brochures and packets; assisting with the food pantry; and visiting with others by assisting in games, computer/phone trouble and leading craft activities. Please call 906-225-5437 to volunteer.


Marquette County Habitat for Humanity

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!


MSU Extension

MSU Extension health and nutrition educator can use volunteer efforts to help with updating nutrition and fitness education activities and materials, assist with cooking demonstrations and activities in classes of youth and/or adults, occasional health fairs. For more information, please contact Lynn Krahn at 906-475-5731 or by e-mail at krahn@anr.msu.edu.


MooseWood Nature Center

MooseWood is a non-profit nature center located at Presque Isle Park in Marquette and is looking for volunteers to host the center and welcome visitors, care for live animals during the week, help with visiting school groups and fundraisers like the Haunted Bog Walk in October. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Scot or Tiffany at 906-228-6250 or moosewoodnc@gmail.com.


Propylon Nonprofit Housing Corporation

Propylon has three types of volunteer activities available. Activity leaders are those that lead activities for residents such as exercise, art, gardening, and more. Caregivers help residents with personal and apartment care or errands. Companions spend quality time with residents such as going out for coffee. Please contact Odessa Adams for more information at 906-869-0928, 906-228-4446, or odessa.adams@lsswis.org.


Room at the Inn

Room at the Inn operates an emergency homeless shelter and warming center. The shelter is open from October-April, and the warming center is open year-round. The warming center is open every day from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. (weekdays) and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (weekends) during the shelter season, and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (weekdays) and 8 a.m.-Noon (weekends) when the shelter is closed. The shelter operates from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. every night of the shelter season. Volunteers can work a 4-hour shift with a variety of duties. Our Warming Center shifts will be as follows:

Monday-Friday:
Breakfast:  6-9 a.m.
Morning Prep:  9 a.m.-Noon
Dinner:  5-8 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday:

Breakfast:  7-10 a.m.
Morning Prep: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner:  5-8 p.m.

Shelter Shifts:

Intake:  9 p.m.-Midnight
Overnight 1st shift:  Midnight-3 a.m.
Overnight 2nd shift:  3-6 a.m.

If interested, please call 906-227-9171, email Roomattheinned@gmail.com, or visit the website at www.roomattheinn.org.


S.H.I.N.E. (School Helpers Investing in Negaunee Education)

S.H.I.N.E. is a district-wide volunteer program, which helps the need of our schools, staff, and administration through volunteer efforts. Popcorn helpers are needed every Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Publishing center editors and typists are needed every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., along with help needed weekly binding books, laminating, and copying. To see a complete list of one-time and on-going needs, please contact Diane Faust at diane.faust@negauneeschools.org


Special Olympics

Volunteer opportunities can range from attending an event to show support to the athletes to being a part of an event in helping in multiple areas as well as becoming a coach and having opportunities to travel to other areas and State Games. For more information, please visit the Michigan Special Olympic website at www.somi.org/area36. 


St. Vincent de Paul in Marquette

St. Vincent de Paul in Marquette has volunteer opportunities open year-round in the store. Volunteer activities could include cleaning, organizing, pricing items, preparing for the Christmas Toy Program, hanging clothes, etc. For more information, please contact Jennifer Retchko or Rachelle Feltner at 906-226-3721 or stvincent2119@yahoo.com. Additional contact information can also be found on the St. Vincent de Paul - Marquette Facebook page.
 


Every December, in cooperation with St. Vincent de Paul, the Food Pantry, Toys for Tots, St. Michaels Church, the Marines, The Mining Journal, and generous people in the community, there is collection and give away of new toys and clothing to parents who qualify, according to income. At St. Vincent de Paul, volunteers are instrumental in sorting toys and clothing according to children's age groups and packing the items in boxes at St. Vincent de Paul.

One to two volunteers will be needed starting in mid-September to be trained to sort toys and clothing. This beginning training will be done with a St. Vincent's volunteer and will typically take 1-2 hours weekly between 10 am and 3 pm. Dates and times will be decided between the volunteer and St. Vincent's volunteer. Due to COVID 19, masks may be necessary.

Although the semester ends, one to two more students would be helpful, to volunteer in December. During the week of December 13-17, the NMU volunteers, if available, would be welcome to volunteer 1-4 hours those days. December volunteer activities change to include: helping set up tables at the St. Michael's gym on Monday, December 13; moving the boxes to the gym at St. Michaels on December 13-15, unpacking the boxes and arranging on tables according to age group.

On Thursday, December 16, volunteers will assist parents with selecting the toys and clothing and helping pack the items with the parents. A pot luck will be available for all staff and volunteers on December 16 at St Michaels.  Food items, for parents, will be available from the food pantry after the toys are packed. On Friday, December 17, all remaining toys and clothing will be repacked and returned to St. Vincent's.

St. Vincent de Paul is located at 2119 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette and St. Michaels Catholic Church's gym is located at 401 West Kaye Ave., Marquette.  Please contact Jeannette Hauver at jkhauver@gmail.com or 906-226-6808.


Teaching Family Homes

Teaching Family Homes is currently looking for volunteers to help with their community event Hallopalooza. Volunteers are needed for help with face painting, our "spooky trick-or-treat trail," parking, and other tasks. Volunteers are also needed in their homes to do various activities with the children and help out during recreational times. Contact Deidre Robbert at 906-249-5437 ext. 121 or drobbert@tfhomes.org for more information.


Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association

Volunteers are needed to assist with two sled dog events: the UP 200 Dryland Dash and the UP 200 Midnight Run/Jack Pine 30 (held in February). There are numerous volunteer positions available both indoors and outdoors. Possible opportunities include start/finish setup and takedown; team leaders for road crossings; crowd control; vet check; times and recorders; merchandise and silent auction; communications and public relations; web content and updates about trail development and safety. Please contact Darlene Walch at 906-362-3989 or dwalch@nmu.edu for more information. Additional information can be found at www.up200.org.


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/.

Phone volunteers are needed for the following Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Ask the Lawyers: 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16
Ask the DNR: 9/30, 11/4, 12/2, 4/7, 5/5
Ask the Dentists: 10/7, 2/3
Ask the Certified Financial Planners: 1/6, 6/23
Ask the Certified Public Accountants: 3/17
Ask the Realtors: 3/31


YMCA of Marquette County

The YMCA is looking for volunteers to assist with various events throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities include monthly middle school dance chaperones, administration work with the CEO, sport coaches (gymnastics, lacrosse, etc.), front desk greeters, full credit internships, work study and pool deck managers. We are also looking for volunteers for the Halloween at the Y and Healthy Kids Day events. For more information, please contact Jenna Zdunek at 906-227-9622 or jzdunek@ymcamqt.org. More opportunities can be found at www.ymcamqt.org.

Campus service organizations are great resources for students who want to volunteer on a regular basis or meet other people who share their passion for service.  For more information on these or any service organization stop by the Center for Student Enrichment, 1101 Northern Center.  Be sure to submit volunteer hour logs for the Volunteer Center for volunteer activities done as part of these or other groups.

Alpha Phi Omega: APO is a co-ed national service organization. They enjoy making connections through service within our campus, community, scouting, and our nation. Some of their past projects include raising money for Marquette General Hospital's Blood Mobile, working with Adopt-a-Highway, the U.P. Children's Museum, AMCAB, Marquette Humane Society, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Come join the fun and find out what leadership, friendship, and service are all about.


Food Recovery Network: The Food Recovery Network will serve its role as a food recovery program and work with local charitable food distributors and dining halls to create a coalition working together to help reduce food waste and reduce hunger within the community. We will also commit to educating the public on food waste and hunger in America. Email Marley at mredd@nmu.edu for more information.


Golden “Z” Club: As a campus chapter of the organization Zonta International, the Golden Z Club provides service to the NMU campus and community as well as internationally. In the past, the members have assisted in distributing books to children at Lighting Up the Holidays, participated in Adopt-a-Highway and Make A Difference Day, volunteered to do face painting for children at various events and as crowd control for the U.P. 200 Dog Sled Races, and worked with the children at Teaching Family Homes in Harvey. Golden Z is a great way to get involved in service projects in the community and internationally. There are also great opportunities for leadership! For more information, send an email to nmugoldenz@gmail.com.


Marquette Ending Hunger: Did you know that hunger is a prevalent issue in Marquette? Join Marquette Ending Hunger to combat rural poverty and hunger in our community. Members will be given the opportunity to actively raise awareness in the Marquette community, fundraise to directly benefit those in need, attend planning meetings for the group and volunteer locally at food pantries. We will host the campus-wide event NMU Fights Famine, among many other events and activities. For more information, please email maimatts@nmu.edu, join us on Facebook "Marquette Ending Hunger" and our Instagram account "marquetteendinghunger."


Ripple Effect: The purpose of Ripple Effect is to connect students with community members interested in supporting students' needs and foster positive interactions and good will between the campus and local community. Email marthjon@nmu.edu for more information.


Students for the Sasawin Project: Domestic violence often includes animal abuse. Abusers threaten, harm and even kill pets to control, intimidate and retaliate against their intimate partners and children. A large percentage of domestic-violence survivors with pets or service animals choose to remain in dangerous situations for fear of what will happen to their animals if they leave. The Sasawin Project helps survivors create escape plans that include safe placement for their pets. Sasawin helps survivors transition into the safe haven of shelter knowing that their pets are safe from harm. Project funds provide foster care, kennels, food, collars, leashes and veterinary care for the pets of survivors. The Students for the Sasawin Project is mainly focused on helping raise awareness of this issue, promote the Sasawin Project, and help raise funds. Email sasawin@nmu.edu or cmcdevit@nmu.edu for more information.