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.

To find out even more volunteer activities, please click on the "Volunteer" tab on Student Connect.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

Moosewood Nature Center is collecting returnable cans and bottles as a part of our "Cans for Critters."  Per COVID-19 requirements, Moosewood personnel do have their own masks. We will have heavy duty non-latex gloves for students. Student can decide what type of mask is appropriate for them. Most can/bottle sorting is performed outside of Moosewood. If you are interested, contact Erik Johnson at joerik@nmu.edu or Facebook Moosewood Nature Center.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

Volunteer from home!  I have organized a grassroots campaign, #VirusUP, to help find PPE for the UP.  It's a UP wide effort.  We have organizations like Project C.U.R E. who are ready to send us pallets of items.  I also am trying to start a drive to collect items from our own homes and businesses. We need to use social media as a tool to get our needs met.  How about rallying with a team to call the diaper companies to help out our non-working parents?  I need callers and researchers to find more foundations, to find PPE from every possible resource.  What will your story be in the when you go to apply for a job?  When they ask you, how did you will spend your time during the great pandemic?  Join me and tell them that you made a difference in your community!  For more info, contact Monika Kross (MonikaKross2@gmail.com) at 906-398-7293 or on FB #VirusUP.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity Edge Hours - Domestic

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a non-profit organization in Marquette whose mission is to help alleviate loneliness and isolation in the elderly.  We do this through two programs.  The first being our Friendly Visiting program, where we pair a volunteer and an elder up to help them build a friendship.  If you are interested, please e-mail Andrea at andrea.harvey@littlebrothers.org.  

The second is through our Holiday Dinners.  At our Holiday meals, we serve over 100 in our community.  Some of them attend and some of them have their meals delivered to them.  The importance of these meals is to not only provide them with food but with fellowship on a holiday.  To carry out these meals we rely on volunteers.  Last year we were lucky enough to have a hall volunteer and couple of other Northern students for our Easter meal.  Our guests absolutely loved having them there.  The connection with the youth of our community is so vital to them.  Many of them attended Northern or had children or family that attended or worked at Northern.  They love to see Northern students, because you are just starting to live your dreams, that alone is such an exciting memory and thought to them.  

To be able to serve this meal to our community it requires that we have the service of 72 volunteers.  I would love for half of those volunteers to come from Northern.  It would make for a great story along with help promote and recognize Northern students and everything you give to our community.  I will also have letters of service which I will be more than happy to sign for all volunteers to help them towards earning scholarships, recognition, or help along the job hunt.  I will also be more than happy to write a personal letter of service/reference to any volunteers who help serve.  

So if you or anyone in your hall is available, please join us for our Holiday Meal.  Whether it is a group or individually, you will be greatly appreciated.  If you would like to volunteer, contact Andrea at andrea.harvey@littlebrothers.org.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity Edge Hours - Domestic

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly is looking for volunteers for our Visiting Volunteer program.  This is the heart of our organization.  Our mission is to try to alleviate the loneliness and isolation of the elderly in our community.  We do this through our Visiting Volunteer Program.  We ask that you visit your "Forever Friend" twice a month for 1-2 hours.  You and your elder can decide what you do, you may go for a walk, play a game of cards, talk about life, it is up to the two of you.  All Forever Friends are vetted and all volunteers have a background check run to protect everyone.  You will get to pick your Forever Friend from a group of options, so you will be sure to have something in common with him/her.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call our office at (906) 273-2575.

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Marquette County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) is looking for one-day or on-going volunteers to work on home builds or repairs, admin or office work (data entry, cold calls, mailings, projects or events) or at the ReStore to help build strength and stability in our communities. Students have the opportunity to build their resumes and help their communities to become more financially independent. Please contact Cindy at 906-228-3578 or cindy@mqthabitat.org to get set up with a volunteer opportunity that fits you – no experience necessary just your willing presence!

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

The League of Women Voters has started again in Marquette.  We are nonpartisan, and our mission is to educate voters about candidates and the issues on all side of political debates.  In addition we do voter registration work.  Please contact Mary Pelton Cooper at mpeltoncooper@gmail.com for more information.  

Possible Citizenship or Diversity Edge - Domestic Hours

Room at the Inn (RATI) is a local 501 (c) 3, non-profit corporation, that operates a rotating homeless shelter via local churches as well as a Warming Center that provides free meals, guest advocacy, showers, laundry, and phone/mail services to our guests. Our mission is to provide food, shelter, and assistance to guests transitioning out of homelessness. To support this mission, we require the assistance of volunteers who believe in our mission and want to make a difference locally. Anyone can volunteer at Room at the Inn, and it truly is a rewarding, educational experience for students. Interested students can volunteer at our Warming Center preparing and serving breakfast or dinner, as well as socializing with our guests or help with intake at the shelter between 9 p.m.-Midnight.

Want to know how to sign up to volunteer? It’s simple.

  1. Go to signupgenius.com and create an account
  2. Keyword search ratimqt@yahoo.com
  3. Select a signup

To find out more about what we do or how to contact us visit us on Facebook or at our website Roomattheinn.org. Help us end homelessness!

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Teaching Family Homes of the Upper Peninsula is a non-profit organization that aims to provide quality care to at-risk youth throughout Upper Michigan. We help youth develop life skills while utilizing a trauma-informed method of teaching. Our residential program in Marquette is currently looking for highly motivated volunteers, interns and staff to work in the homes with youth. Requirements are a high school diploma, excellent driving record and background check. Preference will be given to those with a degree or experience in social work, sociology, psychology, education, criminal justice, or other health and human services fields. For more information or to apply, please contact Linnea Wyma at lwyma@tfhomes.org or call 906-249-5437

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.


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