Volunteer Opportunities

 Alzheimer’s Association: This purpose of this organization is to provide leadership, programs/ service, advocacy, and research support which will enhance the lives of all who are affected by Alzheimer's Disease. Volunteers are needed to help with special events, such as fundraisers and conferences, mailings, making phone calls, running errands, advocacy, and answering phones. Please contact the Office Coordinator, Brenda Binckler, at 906.228.3910 for more information.

Bell Memorial Hospital: There is a need for volunteers in many areas at this new non-profit hospital in Ishpeming. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to help with Kids Korner and Expos. For more information on volunteering, contact Julie Solka at 906.485.2750 or email at julie.solka@bellmi.org.

Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Community: Brookridge offers programs in the areas of health care, dining/ food, activities and wellness programs for residents both completely independent and ranging in a variety of levels of assistance. They are looking for students ranging in fields from biology to business, and basically anyone sharing their goal of improving the quality of life for the residents. For more information about volunteering, contact Paul Guindon at 906.225.4488 or 906.869.4120, and for a complete listing of opportunities, visit www.brookrigdeheightsassistedliving.com/volunteer.

Care Clinic: This organization’s mission is to empower individuals to make healthy choices related to sexuality and pregnancy. Care Clinic is a pregnancy resource center offering pregnancy tests, ultrasound, parent mentoring classes, and abstinence counseling.  Volunteers are needed to work as receptionists on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An application and orientation will need to be completed before volunteering begins. Please contact Jocelyn Jonas at 906.228.CARE (2273) or jjonas@careclinicmqt.org.

Lake Superior Hospice Association: Lake Superior Hospice is a non-profit, community-based organization serving Marquette and Alger County for over 30 years. They focus on improving a patient's quality of life by managing pain and other distressing symptoms of a serious illness. LSH creates a personal and specialized care plan to ensure each patient and their families are getting the care they deserve. Volunteers go through a comprehensive training to learn the basics of what they will be doing in hospice. Based on the background and the comfort level of the volunteer, some are utilized in the office, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and even the patient’s home. LSH has many different volunteer opportunities including office volunteers, respite care, bereavement work, and other personal volunteer work. If you would like to volunteer in hospice, please contact Kymber Beltrame at 906-225-7760 or kbeltrame@lakesuperiorhospice.org.

March of Dimes: This organization is a national health organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Volunteers are needed for Walk-America fundraising, registration, collecting donations, and set-up and clean-up. There are also opportunities for office/ clerical work, as well as help with the Youth Board. Please contact Stacy Van Buren at 906.228.6942 or svanburen@marchofdimes.com if interested.

Medical Care Access Coalition: MCAC is a nonprofit organization that assists low- income, uninsured residents of Marquette County to obtain access to medical care. Volunteers will assist with enrolling patients into the program, assisting in the volunteer clinic, and providing general office help. Enrollment counselors assist clients in enrolling in MCAC's program and determining eligibility. Clinic Volunteers (nursing students) assist physicians as needed. Clerical volunteers assist in day-to-day office operations including data entry, filing, special projects, etc. MCAC will work with students' schedules and are very flexible. Please contact Laura Lewinski at 906.226.4400 ext.303 or llewinski@penmed.com for more information.

Marquette General Hospital: A variety of volunteering opportunities are available including; Fast Track/ Patient Escort - assist with discharging patients from the post-anesthesia care unit to hospital exit and assist in transporting patients throughout hospital. Volunteer hours are Monday-Friday (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and they work two to three hour shifts.  Contact Karol Pokley at 906.225.3280 or kpokley@mgh.org for more information.

Marquette General Hospital Women's and Children's Center: This organization is in need of support in pediatrics, the family birthing center and neonatal intensive care unit, preparing parenting classes, etc. Volunteers will prepare materials for parenting classes, clean toys on the pediatric floor, help with clinical duties, etc. Volunteers should be available at one consistent day and time per week. For more information, please contact Sarah Harnett at 906.225.3081 or email her at sarah.harnett@mgh.org.

Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan: Planned Parenthood is a family planning clinic that provides confidential, affordable, and quality healthcare for women and men of all ages. Volunteer duties include general office work, medical information, and education. Please call 906.225.5070 for more information.

UP Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON): This community agency promotes partnerships to strengthen diabetes prevention, treatment and management throughout the Upper Peninsula and has been doing so 1985. Volunteer duties vary with programs, but may involve office support, marketing, public relations, event/fundraisers organization, health fair attendance and more. Contact Kay Bammert at updon@diabetesinmichigan.org or 906.228.2820 for more information. More information about UPDON can also be found at www.diabetesinmichigan.org - click on the U.P.

Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice: Hospice works with patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Volunteers are needed to sit with patients, run errands, fulfill office duties, and for overnight respites; bot direct patient care and indirect clerical positions are available. Contact Tony Evans at 906.475.4545 or tonye@uphomehealth.org for more information.

UP Regional Blood Center - a Service of Marquette General Health: The U.P. Regional Blood Center is a blood collection organization. They are in need of volunteers to assist with recruiting donors by phone. For more information, contact Sallie Coron at 906.225.7132 or email her at scoron@mgh.org.

Upper Peninsula Partnerships for Safety and MGHospital Trauma Department: This is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the occurrence of "preventable" traumatic injuries by way of education and personal empowerment. Volunteer duties include Think First programs for elementary school children to teach the curriculum about brain and spinal cord anatomy and function, seatbelt safety, water sports and recreation safety, bike safety, and helmet use. There are different events throughout the year, but Think First programs run from March/April/May. Nursing and medical students are greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Stephanie Isip at 906.225.7875 or Stephanie.Isip@MGHS.org.

Willow Farm Therapeutic Riding: WFTR is a non-profit organization which provides riding opportunities for children and young adults (ages 3-26) with special needs. All riders must have a physician-diagnosed disability. Volunteers are needed early May through October. Most volunteers serve as side walkers for the riders. Some volunteers, those with previous horse experience, often help in tacking and grooming the horses as well as horse leading during lessons. Volunteers are asked to sign up for a complete session (4 lessons) if possible, though WFTR occasionally takes volunteers who are able to work three of the four weeks.  A part of making the riders comfortable in the riding environment is the consistency of horses and volunteers. Most sessions are evenings from 5 - 7:15 p.m. A variety of sessions are available. A MANDATORY volunteer training is available in the spring and fall of each year. For more information, visit their website at www.wftriding.org or contact Director Linda Mallon at 906.228.4666 or lmallon@live.com.


See also: Miscellaneous


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