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 or Diversity Edge - Domestic Hours

NMU’s Poverty Simulation is a large simulation, being run for approximately 60-80 students from nursing, education, business, and speech, language, and hearing.  Students are randomly assigned to “families”; each person will have an identity and the family is given information on their jobs, education, and resources.  None of the families is technically in poverty, but all are low-income – the working poor.  The family must navigate through four, 15-minute weeks to meet their obligations (work, school, bills, appointments).  To do this, they need to prioritize their time and their resources.  They do this in part by interacting with 14 “agencies” that are part of the simulation (school, social services, health clinic, bank, etc.).  The simulation is designed to give students a small glimpse of what it might be like to live in this type of situation.  Even though the simulation is not real, it can evoke powerful feelings in the participants.  Every simulation ends with a debriefing period that includes both student participants and volunteers. 

To run a simulation this large takes approximately 20-30 volunteers for each simulation.  We get many of our volunteers from nursing, education, social work, and speech, but often, we are a few volunteers short.  So we greatly appreciate when others are willing and able to help us. We ask volunteers to arrive at 5 p.m. (5:30 p.m. is ok, but please let us know to expect you a little late).  This gives everyone a chance to review the information associated with their “agency”.  Faculty are available during this time to answer questions and explain.  The student participants begin arriving at 5:45 p.m. and the simulation starts at 6 p.m.  The simulation and debriefing are complete by 9 p.m.

Students and volunteers are advised, if possible, to try leave most possessions at home – you will not need anything during the simulation. We highly recommend that everyone eat something before they attend – though we do have cookies for snacks.  We always have everyone sign in, both volunteers and student participants.  In that way, we can provide documentation of attendance if anyone needs the documentation.

We are looking for 4-6 volunteers to assist us with our upcoming simulations:

  • Tuesday, Feb 4, 5-9 p.m., in the Northern Center Ballroom
  • Wednesday, March 25, 5-9 p.m., in the Northern Center Ballroom

The volunteers would need to be able to stay the entire time.  If you are interested, please have them email Terry Delpier (tdelpier@nmu.edu) and have them put Poverty Simulation in the subject line.​​​​​​​

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice will be holding their annual Lip Sync Event on Friday, February 21 at the Masonic Center, 128 W. Washington St. and is looking for volunteers to help with set up and take down.  If you are interested, please contact Susie Duquette at sduquette@lakesuperiorhospice.org or 906-225-7760.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity Edge Hours

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a non-profit that supports abused, neglected, and at-risk youth in Chicago. You are invited to participate in our awareness campaign, March for Kids, this coming March 2020. We have many ways for you to get involved through volunteer work during a Spring Break trip to Chicago or even on your own campus! We know you are often looking for volunteer hours and this is an easy and fun way to meet that need. We can accommodate any type of volunteer experience throughout the month of March, and the options are endless! 

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15 – Join the March for Kids! During the month of March, Mercy Home paints the town green!  Volunteers are needed to help raise awareness, collect donations and distribute shamrocks at Chicagoland St. Patrick’s Day parades! If your school’s Spring break falls at a different time, we can accommodate that too. We are happy to have visiting volunteers in Chicago anytime throughout March. There will be plenty to do!

For more information about March for Kids, please visit our website. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Amy at amahay@mercyhome.org.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The Friends of Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St., is looking for volunteers to help with their Used Book Sale on Wednesday, March 18. Set up will begin at 9 a.m.

  • Students will help move boxes of books to the Community Room
  • Students will help place books on the designated tables

We understand you may have classes during this time so you could come at 10 a.m. if this works better for your schedule. Our set-up usually takes 3-5 hours depending on the number of books donated. Whatever amount of time they wish to help is appreciated.  Pizza, salad and cookies are served between 11:30 a.m.-Noon. We also supply morning snacks and coffee.  Students should come to the front doors (the library is not open to the public until 10 a.m.). We will open the door.   Tear down will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Students can help box and move the remaining books to the storage area.

We will have another sale on Wednesday, September 23. Book Sale set-up at 9 a.m.

  • Students will help move boxes of books to the Community Room
  • Students will help place books on the designated tables

We understand you may have classes during this time so you could come at 10 a.m. if this works better for your schedule. Our set-up usually takes 3-5 hours depending on the number of books donated. Whatever amount of time they wish to help is appreciated.  Pizza, salad and cookies are served between 11:30 a.m.-Noon. We also supply morning snacks and coffee.  Students should come to the front doors (the library is not open to the public until 10 a.m.). We will open the door.   Tear down will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Students can help box and move the remaining books to the storage area.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marie Brooks, 734-845-2641, marie@brooks-planck.org.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The NMU Gender Fair is looking for volunteers to help with their raffle and manning tables during the event, which will be held on Tuesday, March 24, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  If you are interested in doing a Snapchat Takeover or volunteering, please contact Stephanie LeDonne, Co-Coordinator of NMU Gender Fair, at sledonne@nmu.edu.

Possible Citizenship, Diversity, or Leadership Edge Hours

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Marquette & Alger Counties is offering a mentoring program called Girl Power and Dude Power at Bothwell, Graveraet, and Lake Superior Village (LSV) for the 2019-20 school year and we are in need of volunteers. Our mentoring program takes place in a group setting and matches an elementary student (Little) with a college student (Big) one-on-one. Our program focuses on empowering youth to become leaders, build individual strengths, set goals for their future, and teach them important social skills to help them succeed  in life. The program meets once a week for an hour.

  • The Dude Power program at Bothwell will take place Monday from 3-4 p.m. and the Girl Power Program will take place Tuesday from 3-4 p.m.
  • The Dude Power and Girl Power program at Graveraet will take place Wednesday from 11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
  • The Dude Power Program at LSV will take place on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. and the Girl Power Program will take place Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. 
     

Our CURRENT need is:

  • SEVEN Big Sisters at Superior Hills Elementary School on Thursdays from 1:15-1:55 p.m.
  • TWO Big Brothers at Lake Superior Village Youth & Family Center on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m.

If interested, please fill out an application online at www.bbbsmqt.org and indicate the site based option, call 906-475-7801 or email carlie@bbsmqt.org.

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 is looking for volunteers!  Marquette County Habitat for Humanity’s Vision:  A world where everyone has a decent place to live.  Our Mission Statement:  Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. 

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Being part of a work crew who works directly on construction/repair projects.
  • Participating on a committee that focuses on family selection and development, church relations, build site selection, public relations, and social media.
  • Helping in the office, organized donated lunches for work crews, stuffing envelopes, data entry, program development, fundraising, special projects, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Working in the ReStore, picking up, sorting, cleaning, merchandising donated items.

Please contact Karen Benstrom at 906-228-3578 or karen@mqthabitat.org at our administrative office.  Hours and dates are flexible.

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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