Citizenship Edge Opportunities

Citizenship Edge Opportunities


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.


Possible Citizenship or Diversity (International) Edge Hours

Interested in volunteering or studying abroad?  Check out what projects are being offered now.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The Noquemanon Ski Network works to develop and maintain an interconnected, year round, non-motorized land and water trail network in the central Upper Peninsula. Volunteers are needed starting now-Wednesday, April 13, and would be responsible for providing host services to skier and snowshoes at the Forestville trailhead. As a volunteer trail host, you will work to maintain a clean environment of the warming building at the trailhead, run the cash register, and assist guests with trail knowledge and gear rentals. For more information, please contact Ryan McPhillips at 989-859-7757 or by e-mail at RyanMcPhillips@gmail.com

Possible Citizenship Edge - Civic Engagement

The NMU Transparency Project is hosting a forum on Thursday, February 11, from 4-6 p.m. in Jamrich 1322 to share the results of a survey that gauged faculty, staff, and student opinions on the transparency of decision-making processes at NMU. Following a brief presentation of the survey data, Transparency Project leaders will answer questions from the audience and discuss next steps for the project, which includes interviews of campus leaders. For more information about the project, the committee, or timeline, visit www.nmu.edu/AQIP. If you have questions about the project, please email llieck@nmu.edu.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The U. P. 200 is an Iditarod qualifying sled dog race that begins and returns to Marquette. This is an exciting event for the community  requires the help of NMU students and members of the community to be a success. Volunteers are needed on Friday, February 12 - Sunday, February 14, for race setup, crowd control, race take-down, and at the race finishes. Times vary per day for different events. Volunteers can sign up at http://vols.pt/bb9tey. For more information, please contact Kate Meade at 734-276-2918 or by e-mail at kameade@nmu.edu

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

Last February, 1 billion people in 207 countries shook the earth through dance and gatherings to demand an end to violence against women and girls. A staggering 1 in 3 women and girls on the planet will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.  This adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.  Each year since 2013, from February through March, thousands of Risings take place across the world - to show what ONE BILLION looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors of violence face.  Through dance or marches, millions of citizens in hundreds of countries express rage against injustices to women and girls, and the power of global solidarity and collective action. They dance or walk to show determination to create a new kind of consciousness - one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

Join our local One Billion Rising event to strengthen the global effort in ending violence against women and girls. Community members are invited to the Women’s Center, 1310 S. Front Street, Marquette (US 41) on Saturday, February 13.  From Noon-1 p.m., we will gather in front of the building to acknowledge this social health disparity as a public issue.  The Women’s Center will be open between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. presenting information and resources.  Coffee and refreshments will be available.  Please feel free to make a poster, bring friends, and come and show your support.  The Women’s Center will be accepting financial donations and specific items: Rubbermaid bins, green trash bags (City of Marquette), paper towel, toilet paper, cleaning supplies.

Visit www.onebillionrising.org for more information and inspiration for your posters.  The 2016 One Billion Rising Campaign is focused on Marginalized Women.  As described by the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences | 2008, “Marginalization comprises those processes by which individuals and groups are ignored or relegated to the sidelines of political debate, social negotiation, and economic bargaining—and kept there.”

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

Kaleidoscope is a children’s fair held at the Superior Dome on Saturday, February 13 with 30-45 different vendors. Kid’s Kites is one of these vendors which teaches children how to assemble kites from different parts. Twenty-five volunteers are needed to assist children in making these kites. This involves gluing, decorating, and overall having fun with the children. Volunteers will be treated to pizza and soda after the day’s events. For more information, please contact Dick Ross at 906-250-7347 or by e-mail at dickross@sbcglobal.net

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

Community Action Alger Marquette is looking for volunteers to sign up for training sessions to learn about volunteering in  Head Start classrooms. Volunteers would be spending time with children ages 3-5. Volunteer training will be Monday, February 15, at 6 p.m. at 1125 Commerce Dr., in Marquette. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Samantha McNeil at smcneil@nmu.edu.  

Possible Citizenship Edge - Civic Engagement or Diversity Edge Hours - International

On Tuesday, February 16, from 9-10:30 a.m. in JXJ 2319, join George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids (former), as he discusses, "Climate Change:  Local Solutions to Global Problems."  When it comes to climate change, the local can impact the global! Former Mayor Heartwell draws on his decades of work creating a more sustainable Grand Rapids and insights gained from the Paris Climate Change Conference. He discusses the role that local communities can play in addressing climate change.

In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, NMU’s Political Science Department and International Programs office are hosting the 2016 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series in Marquette.  Great Decisions is a series of critical examinations of the most important foreign policy issues of the day (as determined by the Foreign Policy Association) presented by a roster of experts with world-renown in their fields. 

Each event will begin with the screening of a 30-minute video produced by the Foreign Policy Association, which will set the context for the foreign policy topic examined that week.  Following the video, participants will watch a webinar by the featured presenter.  Often, the webinars will be live and interactive.  Presenters webcast from Grand Rapids to other World Affairs Council of Western Michigan partners.  Following the webinar, there will be time for discussion with the local participants.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kevin Timlin at (906) 227-2510.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

Volunteers are needed at the Dome to help keep score books at the Softball Tournament. Each game runs approximately 1 hour. Volunteers are needed Thursday, February 18, from Noon-Midnight; Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, from 8 a.m.-Midnight; and on Sunday, February 21, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please contact Charles Crotty at 906-226-3460 or by e-mail at cbcrotty@chartermi.net

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The Science Olympiad program provides opportunities for teams of middle and high school students to demonstrate their expertise and knowledge of scientific concepts in a fun, competitive tournament format. Each year approximately 350 6th- 12th grade students from throughout the U.P. compete in 46 different events. More than 125 volunteers make this event possible. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, February 20, to help supervisors with tournament events in specific areas of science, assist with registration tables, staffing information booths, staffing first aid stations, runners to deliver score results, and ushers to hand out programs. For more information, please contact Renee Kivioja at 906-227-2196 or by e-mail at rkivioja@nmu.edu

Possible Citizenship or Diversity - International Edge Hours

Find out more about the Ireland Service Project that will be going Sunday, May 1-Monday, May 16 (approximate) by contacting Hannah Lewis at hkratz@nmu.edu.  Approximate Cost:  $3,900-$4,200 (includes airfare, accommodations, most meals, in-country transportation, and all planned lectures and cultural activities)

While staying with Irish families in Dublin during the first week, you will get to learn about their rich Irish culture as well as volunteer in a Montessori, a senior center, or with troubled youth. During the second week, you will tour the beautiful country of Ireland. Stops include the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara National Park, the Aran Islands, and Galway City. This trip will provide the perfect mix of sightseeing, exploring the Irish culture (music, food, language and customs) and history, and volunteering your time and talents to make a difference. 

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The Rotary Club of Marquette is celebrating our 100th anniversary by organizing a 100,000 meal packing event through the Kids Against Hunger.  Our meal packing event is happening on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Marquette Senior High School, 1203 West Fair Avenue.   We need 400 volunteers (as young as age 5) to help pack 100,000 meals during one of the two-hour shifts (9-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-1 p.m.).  Of the 100,000 meals, 30,000 will be staying in Marquette County for distribution through the Salvation Army, while 70,000 meals will be sent to Nicaragua and Guatemala to feed malnourished families.  If you would like to help with the event, you can go to www.rotaryclubofmarquette.com to volunteer and/or make a financial contribution!

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

Marquette Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Vacancy - There is currently a vacancy on the Marquette Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The position is open to any citizen of the City of Marquette over the age of 18 years.

The Advisory Board is the Citizens oversight committee for all elements of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Marquette, including Lakeview Arena. The Board meets monthly on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena.

Applications are available at the City Clerk's office at City Hall or the Parks and Recreation office in the lobby of Lakeview Arena.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity - Domestic Edge Hours

Northern Michigan University’s Relevant is planning a spring break trip to Texas to help with rebuilding in Garland or Rowlett, Texas. Both communities were devastated by EF-3/EF-4 tornados on December 26. At the same time, both communities have been working to clean up after last May’s rainstorms and flooding. They say everything is bigger in Texas - let’s show them that Michigan’s U.P. has as big of hearts and compassion as those in the “Lone Star State”. For more information, contact Relevant at 362-4669 or by email at relevant@nmu.edu

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

The Superiorland Soccer Association (SSA) Board of Directors is currently looking to fill a vacancy for Vice President. If you or someone you know is interested, please feel free to join us for our next meeting, held the 2nd Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Days Inn of Marquette. This is a great way to give back to your community!

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours 

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.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours


The YMCA is 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.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

Volunteers are needed to help chaperone the middle school dances at the YMCA of Marquette! The dances are the 3rd Friday of every month from 7:30-10:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Ashley McGrath at 906-227-9622 or by e-mail at amcgrath@ymcamqt.org


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