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.
UPAWS seeks people to help with Wish List Collection Drives. Three times a month volunteers stand outside a local store and pass out the UPAWS 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 flexible. Call the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter at 475-6661.
Ongoing docent (tour guide) volunteer opportunities are available at the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University. For two weeks each November and May local K-12 schools schedule tours of the exhibitions on display in the museum. No experience necessary; training is provided. Time commitment is minimal; one hour training session and one and a half hours 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed for a March 2 swim competition at the YMCA, and the April 20 YMCA Run. Call Benjamin Platt at 228-3771 or email email@example.com.
Three or four volunteers are needed to help time and score basketball games during a tournament March 2 and 3 hosted by Marquette Magic, the YMCA basketball team. The tourney runs from 8 a.m. to about 6 p.m. both days; volunteers will not be asked to work the whole tourney, but a few hours here and there would be helpful.
Call Benjamin Platt at 228-3771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The YMCA of Marquette County is looking for 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 email@example.com.
Girl Scouts winter troops are being organized, especially suited to middle school girls with a busy sports schedule. Winter troops meet for three to five months. Volunteers must complete a background check and register as members of Girl Scouts. Basic training is available at www.gsnwgl.org. Email Jill Rady at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-747-6945.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Marquette General Hospital seeks volunteers to greet, direct and give information at hospital entrances, and to provide informational updates to families of patients in surgery. Call 225-3280.
Volunteers with basic tax knowledge and willing to give two to four hours each week from February through mid-April are needed to help as Volunteer Tax Assister for the Ishpeming Multi-Purpose Senior Center. Volunteers provide a free basic tax return for eligible clients. Training is provided. Call Elyse Bertucci at 485-5527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The next Hospice Volunteer meeting will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Peter White Library Dandelion Room. Call Volunteer Coordinator Tony Evans at 225-4545 or email email@example.com.
Lake Superior Hospice seeks volunteers for office assistance, friendly visitor, veteran-to-veteran, and community outreach. Call Director of Volunteers and Outreach Samantha Collins at 225-7760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Licensed cosmetologists are needed for two hours once per month to cut and style wigs for patients with medical-related hair loss. Volunteers are needed to greet patients and visitors and to provide hospital information once per week for a four-hour shift. Gift Shop volunteers are needed; days and times flexible. Call Marquette General Volunteer Services 225-3280 or email email@example.com.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger counties seeks Big Brothers for its community program in Marquette, Munising, Gwinn/Sawyer and Ishpeming areas. Big Sisters are needed in the Gwinn/Sawyer and Ishpeming areas. BBBS also has a boy in Ishpeming and a girl in the Harvey area waiting for matches in the SWIM Program, which matches children with type 1 diabetes to a mentor who also has type 1 diabetes. New applications for Little Brothers and Little Sisters living in Marquette and Alger counties are always accepted. Call Liz Sherman at 475-7801.
The RSVP Veterans History Project seeks volunteers to transcribe veteran interviews for its oral history collection project; most are 30-90 minutes long. Completed interviews are copied and given to the veteran, and also sent to the Library of Congress for the national project. Call Amy at 485-1782.
Negaunee Public Schools seeks walking school bus volunteers to walk with elementary students one Wednesday morning each month (approximately seven to eight blocks). Popcorn volunteers are needed Fridays at Lakeview School and Negaunee Middle School. Call Diane Faust 475-0229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifetracker volunteers are sought to place ankle or wrist transmitters on people with Alzheimer's disease, other memory problems or others who may wander. Volunteers are needed in Marquette, Gwinn and Ishpeming to visit one or two clients monthly to replace transmitter batteries. Mileage reimbursement is available. Call Yvonne Clark at 475-7997.
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 email@example.com or visit www.iE-usa.com.
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 485-2750.
The Salvation Army of Marquette has volunteer opportunities in the food pantry, thrift store and working with youths at the S.A.F.E Center in Gwinn. For the S.A.F.E. Center call Tricia Coker 346-5974. Call Brittany Massoglia at 226-2241.
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 Lisa Burtch, volunteer coordinator, 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.
Grandparents Teach, Too seeks retired teacher volunteers to help provide hands-on workshops for parents and grandparents. The workshops help adults prepare young children to succeed in school and a lifetime of learning. Workshops are held in schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, and bi-monthly at the Marquette County Community Detention Center. Volunteer commitment is flexible. Email Iris Katers at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 228-9183.
Marquette Adult Day Services seeks volunteers to bring their special talents to its program for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Examples include playing music, singing, arts or crafts projects, massage or yoga. Call 226-2142.
The K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum seeks volunteer attendants from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays to escort museum visitors through the museum, answer questions and run the museum store. Intensive training is available. The museum is at 402 Third St., K.I. Sawyer. Call Bob Vick at 362-3531.
The Ishpeming Senior Center seeks a retired or semi-retired nurse to take blood pressures during walk-in blood pressure clinics offered 1 to 3 p.m. the third Friday of each month. Call Elyse Bertucci at 485-5527.
The Forsyth Senior Center seeks kitchen volunteers to help prepare senior meals for the congregate meal site and for the homebound. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Volunteers receive free lunch. Call 346-9862.
The RSVP Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program seeks volunteers 55 or older from the Marquette, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Gwinn areas to provide seniors with rides to medical appointments. A good driving record is required; mileage reimbursement is available. Call 485-1782.
Great Lakes Recovery Centers seeks volunteers age 21 or older with good driving records to transport clients to appointments using an agency vehicle. Call 228-7611. GLRC also seeks one or two volunteers to assist with general office duties at its Marquette administrative office. Ideal for senior or college student/intern, flexible schedule. Call 228-9699, ext. 15.
Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette seeks adult volunteers to provide supervision, guided study, tutoring, discussion and fellowship to children age 5 and older. Volunteers are needed from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 225-1119.
The Women's Center and Harbor House seek volunteers to answer crisis calls, provide crisis intervention and support advocacy services. Other opportunities available, training provided. Call 226-6611.
The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council seeks volunteers for the Vista Theater Thrift Shop in Negaunee, to cashier, sell tickets from a computer program, do simple cleaning of the building, sort and hang clothes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 475-7188.
The nonprofit Divine Consign and Donated Furniture store in Marquette seeks clerks for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and for furniture pickup. Proceeds benefit Father Marquette Catholic Schools. Call 458-4406.