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 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 for more information. 

There will be three town-hall style events that will discuss new voting rights:  early voting and expanded voter registration with Linda Talsma, Marquette County Clerk; citizen's redistricting commission: how selected, what they will do, and how to apply; Census 2020: why it matters to you.

Wednesday, October 23 | 7 p.m. | Negaunee Township Hall
Thursday, October 24 | Noon | Lakeview Arena's Citizens' Forum Room
Thursday, October 24 | 7 p.m. | Jamrich 1318 - Cosponosred by NMU's Political Science Department

For further information, contact Darlene Allen at 906-225-9103.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

President Erickson will be hosting a University Forum focusing on: 

  • Budget and State Funding on Wednesday, October 30 from 9-11 a.m. in the Northern Center Ballroom IV.
  • Big Ideas on Tuesday, November 5 from 1-3 p.m. in the Northern Center Ballroom IV.

NMU Opportunities:

  • Academic Senate:  Tuesdays at 3:05 p.m. in the Northern Center Ballroom 1.
  • ASNMU Meetings (student government):  Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Jamrich 1317.    
  • College Democrats Meetings*:  Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Jamrich 2320.  You can also check out their Facebook page at "NMU College Democrats" or e-mail  
  • College Republicans Meetings*:  Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in LRC 235B.  You can also check out their Facebook page at "NMU College Republicans"
  • Marquette Ending Hunger* and the Food Recovery Network:  Sundays at 4 p.m.  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  
  • NMU Board of Trustees:  Thursday, December 12 at 11:30 a.m. and Friday, December 13 at 8 a.m. in Board of Trustees Meeting Room, 602 Cohodas Hall.
  • Social Justice Committee:  Their goal is to create awareness and action in the Northern community.  We create educational events, promotions, and talks centered on how the criminal justice system interacts with issues of social justice.  Check for meeting/community/event updates on their Facebook page at "NMU Social Justice Committee."
  • Student Finance Committee:  Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the ASNMU Office, 1203 Northern Center.

*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:

City of Ishpeming Opportunity:

  • Ishpeming City Council:  Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming City Hall's Upstairs Conference Room.   

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:

  • Gwinn Community Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (Oct. 21, Nov. 18, & Dec. 16) of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Gwinn High School Library
  • Ishpeming Public Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (Oct. 21, Nov. 18, & Dec. 16) of each month at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming High School Library
  • Marquette Area Public Schools:  Are held on Mondays (Oct. 14, Nov. 11, & Dec. 9) of each month at 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Marquette Senior High School Library
  • Marquette Area Public Schools Parent Advisory Committee:  Are held on Tuesdays (Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 17, April 21, and May 19) at 6 p.m. in the Central Office Boardroom, 1201 West Fair Avenue
  • Negaunee Public Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (Oct. 21, Nov. 18, & Dec. 16) of each month at 7 p.m. in the Negaunee High School Library
  • NICE Community Schools:  Are held on the third Monday (Oct. 21, Nov. 18, & Dec. 16) of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Westwood High School Media Center.
  • Room at the Inn:  Are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Diocese of Marquette/Catholic Charities of the U.P. office, 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 find out about their schedule

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