Real World Edge Opportunities

For the Real World Edge, you will need 100 hours that may include a combination of service learning, research experiences, work experience, internships, or professional activities related to your major and/or minor.  You can get a maximum of 5 hours for general professional development workshops like the Cat Career Conference, resume workshops, LinkedIn, etc.


Possible Diversity - Domestic or Real World Edge Hours

Camp New Day U. P. is a non-profit organization, providing a week-long camping experience for children, ages 9-14, from across the Upper Peninsula, who have been affected by having parent/s or a close loved-one in prison. Our 2020 camp will be held at Presbytery Point, on Lake Michigamme, about 35 miles west of Marquette. Camp training for staff starts on Saturday afternoon, July 11, with campers arriving on Monday, July 13 and leaving Saturday morning, July 18. Many campers are from disadvantaged backgrounds and may have difficulty in school, with both academic and social skills. Camp, transportation and anything the camper may need at camp is provided to them, free of charge.


We include the usual summer camping activities such as crafts, nature study, cooperative games, water sports, individual reading time, music, and campfires. We concentrate on creating a loving, secure, nurturing and safe environment of wholesome fun in the out-of-doors for these campers. Our program emphasizes building self esteem by providing successful experiences for these children and young teens. We expect to have approximately 25-30 campers on site this summer.

Counselors are paid $350, which includes the camp week and approximately 1-1/2 days of mandatory camp training. Counselors are on-site 24/7, excepting assigned break times (1-2 hrs a day). Counselors need to be at least 18 years of age and a criminal check with the State of Michigan, as well as a child safety check with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, will be processed for all on-site personnel.

This is an excellent opportunity not only give to back to your community, but to get paid for enhancing your hands-on experience with at-risk youth. This experience will afford you an opportunity to interact with this underserved and mostly invisible population. For those starting their career, it can serve as an excellent resume builder. 

For an application and to schedule an interview contact:

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 at our administrative office.  Hours and dates are flexible.

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 or call 906-249-5437

Possible Diversity - Domestic, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Are you looking for a chance to experience the other side of health care?  If so, please contact Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice, to learn about a variety of opportunities available. You can contact our Volunteer Coordinator today at 906-225-4545, e-mail us for more information at, or follow our efforts

Our Program:

Our hospice volunteers program offers several different types of opportunities ranging from direct companion/family support volunteers, special service volunteers, special project volunteers and even group opportunities.  Those who choose to work with our hospice patients directly will work in a variety of different settings that may include the patient’s personal homes, local hospitals, nursing homes, assisted livings, and memory care facilities.

As a volunteer with our hospice program, you will discover flexibility, specialized training and opportunities for personal growth.  Our team approach supports your role in making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.  You will also find the support of our Hospice Foundation which provides resources for volunteer projects and our Make-a-Memory Program.

Current Opportunities:

Companion/family support volunteers work to provide support directly to patients and families.  To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with those dealing with a life limiting illness, we require that volunteers complete orientation and training sessions.  It’s important that volunteers understand the philosophy of hospice and are aware of the specific ways we work to serve the community.  Volunteers spend their visits being present, listening, helping with errands or light household tasks or providing short respite opportunities for caregivers.

Special service volunteers are able to share their special skills of music or art therapy, massage therapy, and reminisce therapy.  If you have any talents you would like to share, contact us today.

Special project volunteers groups help with special projects that are vital in providing indirect support to our patients and their caregivers.  Many of these groups consist of resident volunteers from the local assisted living and nursing facilities.  Projects include but are not limited to:  heated comfort bags, fleece tie blankets, recipes-in-a-jar/horticulture therapy kits, and cards, letters and flowers.

Group volunteer opportunities exist for your group, club, or organization to become involved with hospice.  Upper Peninsula Hospice will provide an informative presentation or on-site training for any interested group.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities call our volunteer coordinator at 906-225-4545 or check us out at

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