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 Michigan Democratic Party is looking for volunteers to assist with the Lon Johnson Congressional Campaign from Thursday, Oct. 27 until Tuesday, Nov. 8. Duties involve canvassing around the city and area of Marquette to help us Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and help solidify a victory for this seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is a great way to get involved with politics and help shape a bright future for the Upper Peninsula and norther Lower Peninsula, additionally a great way to get involved with the community and help make a difference. If you are interested in volunteering, the shifts are anywhere from 2-4 hours each and are completed at the Marquette County Democratic Headquarters at 843 West Washington Street. For more information contact Dan Jemison at 248-245-0170 or

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours - Civic Engagement

We are looking for volunteering to help with GOTV!  GOTV stands for Get Out The Vote, and is the most effective way to mobilize voters. We knock on the doors of identified supporters and work through what we call a voting plan. This happens the three days before and on Election Day (Saturday, Nov. 5; Sunday, Nov. 6; Monday, Nov. 7; and Tuesday, Nov. 8). GOTV increases voter turnout in targeted areas such as Marquette. Essentially, the more volunteers we generate means more doors we are able to knock on. Which, in turn, mobilizes more voters, meaning more votes casted on election day . 

Every vote counts. Every volunteer matters. Every door knocked is an opportunity to confirm a democratic vote. Everything that we do, in our own communities, will be the difference. 

What is that difference, exactly?

  • The difference will be electing the most qualified presidential candidate in modern history. Ever. 
  • The difference will come in 50 years. When we, as volunteers are able to say we were there, helping to make history. 
  • The difference will come when we can tell future generations that we were relentless and unwavering in making sure the world they grew up in a positive world with equal opportunities. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Caci Pippin at

NMU Opportunities:

  • ASNMU Meetings:  Tuesday's at 8 p.m. in the University Center (check the tv's for location within the UC)
  • College Democrats Meetings*:  Monday's at 7 p.m. in 311 LRC.  You can also check out their Facebook page at "NMU College Democrats" or e-mail  
  • College Republicans Meetings*:  check back for their schedule
  • Marquette Ending Hunger*:  Sunday's at 7 p.m. in Gant/Spalding lobby bi-weekly (Oct. 30, Nov. 13 & 27), etc.).  To find out more, check out their Facebook page at "Marquette Ending Hunger," which is a great source for updates about meetings (every other Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Gant/Spalding lobby), 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 at 7 p.m. in the 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 (Nov. 9 and Dec. 7) at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming Senior Citizens Center, 320 S. Pine St.:  

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 on Wednesdays (November 16, January 11, March 15, April 19, and May 17) at 6 p.m. in the SRC/Library.
  • Room at the Inn:  Are held 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 fin out about their schedule

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