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 - Civic Engagement or Diversity Edge Hours

Learn more about the dynamics of human trafficking and its impact in Michigan by attending a lecture by Jane White - "Human Trafficking:  Look Beneath the Surface" on Tuesday, September 16, at 7 p.m. in the Mead Auditorium (West Science).  Jane White is the founder and director for the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. The Michigan Human Task Force has more than 80 agencies statewide, consisting of local, state and federal law enforcement, victim service providers, attorneys, faith-based organizations, and community members.  This event is sponsored by the Golden Z Club.  For more information, email soalbrig@nmu.edu

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

The Department of Political Science is hosting its annual Constitution Day event on Wednesday, September 17, at 1 p.m. in the Reynolds Recital Hall. The title of the panel is "Hobby Lobby and Other Supreme Court Controversies."

Possible Citizenship or Real World Edge Hours

The Marquette Conservation District MiCorps Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (Escanaba River Watershed) is looking for volunteers the week of October 6-11 (actual dates and time TBD); ongoing in June 2015, October 2015, and June 2016.  Sampling will take place within the Escanaba Watershed (town of Gwinn, southern Marquette County, northern Dickinson County); carpooling will be available.  A volunteer training workshop will be held on Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Marquette Township Building, 1000 Commerce Dr., Marquette.  Volunteer activities include basic stream habitat assessments, macroinvertebrate (aquatic insects) collection, sorting, and identification, data entry, and outreach.  No special training or previous stream sampling experience required, although if a student attends the volunteer training workshop (9/20/14), they will be qualified to be a Stream Team Leader and oversee a team during monitoring events.  Sampling will take place in all weather conditions so if a student is interested in being a member of a stream team, they should be comfortable working in the outdoors. The Marquette Conservation District will provide all necessary equipment (waders, kick-nets, etc.).  For more information, contact Allyson Dale at allyson.dale@mi.nacdnet.net or 906-226-2461 ext. 102.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

On Wednesday, September 23, from 2-3 p.m. in the Reynolds Recital Hall, the Center for Economic Education and Entrrepreneurship will host Your Wealth Speaker:  9th District Federal Reserve President Narayana Kocherlakota.  His presentation is titled, "You, Monetary Policy, and the Economy:  The Fed's Perspective."  For questions, please contact Dr. Hugo Eyzaguirre at heyzagui@nmu.edu

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The Moosewood Nature Center's Annual Haunted Bog Walk Fundraiser, now in its 14th year, is the premiere Halloween event in Marquette and brings together the community to produce a fun-filled family event for all ages.  It’s also the biggest fundraiser for MooseWood Nature Center, with entry fees put towards environmental education programs and keeping the center open year-round.  MooseWood Nature Center volunteers in collaboration with Northern Michigan University organizations, local business sponsors, and community members make this a successful fundraiser.

On Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25, from 7:30-11:00 p.m. each night, at the Moosewood Nature Center, 1 Peter White Drive, (located on Presque Isle near the ice cream store), volunteers are needed.  The Friendly Frights Forest will not be offered.  COST: $5 for kids 12 and under, $7 for adults. No family rate will apply.  We are seeking creative "Scare Stations" using props, costumes, recorded sounds or acting abilities for this year's theme of "movies."

Each "Scare Station" will compete against others for the title of best "Audience Scream Factor" and "Most Creative." Cash prizes will be awarded with the potential for a group to win $200 for their efforts!  Groups are required to be present both evenings to be eligible. Feedback from participants and tour leaders helps determine the winners.

Pizza and refreshments will be available while supplies last.  For more information, contact MooseWood Nature Center at 228-6250, or e-mail info@moosewood.org.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The DeVos Art Museum is looking for volunteers to help with tours of the museum during November.  These tours are for children in the Marquette County schools.  Several tour/training sessions are offered - a schedule of training times is e-mailed to the volunteers in advance.  Groups are limited to 30 students and the tours take approximately one hour.  Volunteers are asked to arrive a few minutes early to greet the students when they arrive.  After a short introduction to the museum and a review of gallery "rule," students are divided into smaller groups for the tours.  The students also complete an art activity in the museum workshop that is related to the exhibition on display.  When groups are split up, one group starts with the art activity while the other group takes the tour.  Then the groups switch.  Each tour has two to three volunteers to help lead the tours, depending upon the size of the group.  There are also chaperones from the schools that come to help.  To volunteer or if you have questions, please contact Nina Fiorucci at nfiorucc@nmu.edu.

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Like working with kids?  Faith Lutheran Church, Co. Rd. 581 in Ishpeming, is looking for someone to be the director for their Christmas program that will be held on Sunday, December 21 (could be earlier if necessary).  Practice will be held each Sunday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in November and December until the program.  As the director, you would assign speaking and acting parts to the students who range in age from 3-11 years old (6th grade).  You would teach the songs and lead the kids in practice and during the program.  Assistance will be provided with props and costumes.  The program will be selected with input and approval of Pastor Johnson and the Christian Education Committee.  Your own transportation must be provided.  For more information, please contact Kathy Richards at 906-227-1237 or 906-360-2120 or e-mail kathrich@nmu.edu.  

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula is looking for a volunteer for a young lady (16 years old) in foster care who would really benefit from mentoring services. It would be as many hours a month the individual wishes to provide. The individual would have to undergo a central registry check and background check. The young lady is very interested in art and loves to get outside. She needs assistance in learning acceptable social behavior, as she is socially delayed. She also would benefit from being taught skills such as how to plan and cook a meal, apply for a job, search and apply for housing, and understanding what resources are available in the community to assist her with any needs.  If you are interested in this, please contact Nicole Ketola, Foster Care Social Worker, Child & Family Services of the UP, Inc., 706 Chippewa Square Suite 105, Marquette, MI 49855; office: 906-228-4050 ext. 105 or cell: 906-235-7862.

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Teaching Family Homes, a 31-year-old non-profit agency, is looking for students to tutor high school students who come from abused and neglected homes.  Tutors are needed Monday through Friday from 4:45-6:00 p.m. at 1000 Silver Creek Road (at the very end of Silver Creek Road).  If you are interested, please contact Rich Rossway at 906-360-6570 (preferred) or 906-249-5437.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The Silver Creek Thrift, a ministry of Silver Creek Church in Harvey, is looking for volunteers every Saturday to help with reconstruction of their storefront.  In mid-September, they will need volunteers to help with sorting, pricing, and hanging items, and on Wednesday, October 1, they will be opening their doors.

Silver Creek Church has had a long history of community enhancing opportunities, especially geared towards low-income individuals and families.  We feel that a thrift store is the next logical step.

Revenue from sales will allow us to provide various community outreach programs in ways we were unable to in the past, and provide employment within the Harvey area.  In addition, we will be collaborating with various local agencies to reuse/repurpose non-usable items, which can provide such agencies with educational and fundraising opportunities.  By reusing and upcycling items with local agencies, this will allow the thrift store to avoid unnecessary landfill use, thus working towards a greener planet.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact kay@silvercreekchurch.org.


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