Civic Engagement 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 - Civic Engagement or Diversity - Domestic Edge Hours

Want to learn more about Room at the Inn?  Attend this Skill Builder! workshop, "Room at the Inn Volunteer Orientation," on Monday, September 12, from 4-5:30 p.m. in The Back Room, University Center.  The Room at the Inn Homeless Shelter operates in Marquette area churches from September through May providing food, shelter and assistance. The shelter serves over 100 guests each year and is run entirely by hundreds of volunteers who primarily help by working 4-hour shifts and preparing meals. This workshop will describe the various volunteer opportunities within the shelter and prepare the participant to begin volunteering.  The presenters will be Mary and Michelle who are both Room at the Inn Coordinators.  To register for this workshop, please click here.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

What does it mean to serve on a non-profit board?  This Skill Builder! workshop, "Board 101:  Introduction to Serving on a Non-Profit Board," on Tuesday, October 18, from 5-6:30 p.m., in The Back Room, University Center, will review the legal and social responsibilities of board members.  It will also look at how being a board member differs from being on staff at a non-profit organization.  Victoria Leonhardt, Associate at the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development in Marquette will be the presenter.  To register for this workshop, please click here.

NMU Opportunities:

  • ASNMU Meetings:  check back in the fall for their schedule
  • College Democrats Meetings*:  check back in the fall for their schedule  
  • College Republicans Meetings*:  check back in the fall for their schedule
  • Marquette Ending Hunger*:  To find out more, check out their facebook page at "Marquette Ending Hunger," which is a great source for updates about meetings, volunteer opportunities, and events.  If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please send an e-mail to
  • Social Justice Committee:  Their goal is to create awareness and action in the Northern community.  This year our theme is the criminal justice system.  We create educational events, promotions, and talks centered on how the criminal justice system interacts with issues of social justice.

*Attend a meeting to find out about civic engagement opportunities.  The meeting itself will not count towards civic engagement, but any events will count towards civic engagement.

City of Marquette Opportunities:

  • Marquette City Commission:  second and last Monday of each month, 7 p.m., Commission Chambers of City Hall (300 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette)
  • Visit to see list of advisory boards, committees, and authorities, and find out their meeting times

City of Ishpeming Opportunities:

  • Ishpeming City Council:  Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming Senior Citizens Center, 320 S. Pine St.:  Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 9, and Dec. 7

Election Opportunities:

  • Marquette County Democratic Party, 1021 W. Washington St., 906-226-3366 - The Marquette County Democratic Party is seeking students to join a grassroots organization of interns and volunteers. Hours are entirely flexible and there is no minimum commitment per week required. We work every day from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., including weekends. Much of the work can be done on campus or in the area just around campus. Leadership opportunities are also available.  For more information, please contact Meredith Rahn-Oakes at 718-702-7120.
  • Marquette County Republican Party, 1200 Wright St. (corner of Lincoln and Wright Street). Contact Curtis Salamino at 517-574-2611 for opportunities.

Community Opportunities:

  • Marquette Area Public Schools:  Are held on Monday's throughout the year at 5:30 p.m. in the Marquette Senior High School Library.
  • Marquette Area Public Schools Parent Teacher Student Organization:  Are held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays (September 7, October 19, November 16, January 11, March 15, April 19, and May 17) in the SRC/Library).
  • Room at the Inn:  second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Diocese of Marquette/Catholic Charities of the U.P. (347 Rock St., Marquette)

Court Cases:

  • Circuit Court Bailiff:  Call 906-225-8209 to find out about the circuit judges' schedules
  • District Court:  Call 906-225-8235 to find out about their schedule
  • Probate Court:  Call 906-225-8300 to fin out about their schedule

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