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Community Services

There are several civic organizations whose purpose is to provide services for the Houghton and Hancock areas. These organizations have been broken up by category below and are always looking for volunteers on a variety of projects. LiuRG has been working on chances to give back to the local communities. In a recent effort, LiuRG collaborated with the Keweenaw Community Foundation and and the Houghton County Historical Society to pursue funds to promote the use of renewable energy in the U.P. for more sustainable communities.


Copper Country Humane Society*
Teresa Woods
P.O. Box 453
Houghton, MI 49930
Phone: 906-487-9560
E-mail: teresa@pasty.net
Volunteer Opportunities: Dog Walking, Cleaning/Organizing, Working at Shelter, Fundraising, and Adoption Events.

*You must be trained to walk dogs—call for training days/times

Info: Dog walkers must complete a 20min training session available on a drop-in basis during shelter open hours as staff has time available. Shelter open hours are M,W,F,4-8PM and Sat. noon-5PM


Copper Country Tobacco Coalition (Western Upper Peninsula Healthcare Access Coalition)
Gail Ploe
540 Depot St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-482-7122 ext. 122
E-mail: gploe@hline.org
Volunteer Opportunities: Many projects dealing with smoking cessation and prevention

*Meetings 12 pm 1st Tuesday of every month @ Portage Health

Pregnancy Services
Julie Carlton
616 Shelden Ave, Ste. 207
Houghton, MI  49931
Phone:  906-482-8681
Fax:  906-482-8681
Email: pregserv@pasty.com
Volunteer Opportunities: Crisis counselors (training required), Fundraising, Publicity about services offered, Peer Crisis Counselling, Pre & Post Abortion Counselling.

Info: Located above Print Shop downtown Houghton.

Career Assistance

Vocational Strategies, Inc.
Kevin Store
1 Airport Entrance Rd.
Calumet MI 49913
Phone:  906-482-6142
Fax: 906-482-6142
E-mail: knstore@vocstrat.org
Volunteer Opportunities: *Still developing volunteer program* 
Working with consumers, Supervising community activities

Children/Mentor Programs

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Western UP (Mentor Program)
Maggie Munch
801 N. Lincoln Dr. Suite 202
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-487-9855
E-mail: bbbs@goodwillfarm.com
Volunteer Opportunities: Traditional Program—One-on-one child/mentor activities 3-5 hours per week; After School Mentoring at Houghton and Hancock schools; Fundraising and office help; and Bowl for Kids (in March) - Need Teams and Volunteers.

Copper Country Special Olympics / Area #37 Special Olympics Michigan
Marie Martin
315 Hawley #6
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906-228-3265
Volunteer Opportunities: Chaperone events, Help with athlete training

Goodwill Farm
Kevin Tormala
1701 MacInnes Dr.
P.O. Box 428
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-0520
Fax: 906-482-0584
Volunteer Opportunities: Arts and crafts, game nights, sports, movies, etc. with the kids

Hancock Elementary School
Bruce Matson (Principal)
1201 North Elevation
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-487-9030
E-mail: bmatson@hancock.k12.mi.us
Fax; 906-487-9041
Volunteer Opportunities: Help in library, Reading to kids, Tutoring Tuesday and Thursday 3:15 PM–4:15 PM

Hancock Middle School
Monica Healy
501 Campus Drive
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-487-5923 or 906-487-5925
Fax: 906-487-5924 or 906-487-5216
Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring, “After Hours” program from 3:30 PM–4:15 PM, Supervise open gym or lunch, Help at sporting events, Chaperone dances and fun nights

Houghton Elementary School
Heather Simpson or Doreen Klingbell
203 West Jacker Ave.
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-0456
Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring

Houghton Middle School
Sierra Bishop
1603 Gundlach Rd.
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-4871
E-mail: sbishop@houghton.k12.mi.us
Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring

Youth for Understanding
4901 Towne Centre Road
Suite 220
Saginaw, MI 48604
Phone: 989-777-4420
Fax: 989-777-4420
E-mail: founders@yfu.org
Volunteer Opportunities:Mentoring/interacting with international high school students 

Community Service Organizations

Hancock Rotary Club
Bill Aldrich (President)
725 Wolverine St.
Hancock, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-0175
Volunteer Opportunities: Italian buffet dinner, City park clean-up/maintenance at adopted park in Hancock

Houghton Lions Club
Gary Tumstall
P.O. Box 634
Dollar Bay, MI 49922
Phone: 906-482-7123
Volunteer Opportunities: Help with Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army bell ringing, Collections for White Cane, Pancake breakfast, Chicken BBQ

Kiwanis Club of the Copper Country
Mary Jo Kristapovich (President)
P.O. Box 43
Houghton, MI 49931
Volunteer Opportunities: Pancake breakfast, Chicken BBQ, Family Fair, Other community events

Knights of Columbus #692 (Houghton/Hancock Council)
Grand Knight Rob Sintkowski
910 Maple St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-482-3540

Emergency/Crisis Response

American Red Cross (Houghton/Hancock Office)
Annette Butina
801 N.Lincoln Drive
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-482-8085
Fax: 906-482-2437
E-mail: wupredcross@pasty.net
Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, Disaster kits, Disaster team (training at no cost), Instructor programs

Barbara-Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home (Women’s Shelter Home)*
P.O. Box 8
Calumet, MI 49913
Phone: 906-337-5623
Fax: 906-337-0966
Volunteer Opportunities: Crisis line, Child care, Cleaning, Internships, Fundraising

*Training is required for hands-on activities

Dial Help, Inc.
Erica Smits
P.O. Box 214, 609 Shelden Ave.
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-9077
E-mail: mail@dialhelp.org
Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, Crisis line (need training)


Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC)
Shalini Suryanarayana
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-487-2262
Fax: 906-487-3101
E-mail: shalini@mtu.edu
Volunteer Opportunities: Recycling at MTU, Beach/park clean-ups, Brown bag lunches, Earth Week planning

Family/Community Outreach

Child and Family Services of the UP
Mary Miller-Strobel
323 Hancock St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-482-4488
Fax: 906-482-4401
mstrobel@cfsup.org Volunteer Opportunities: Food Pantry, Help with Taxes, Visiting the Elderly

Community Action Agency
Jerry Jackovac or Jean LaBerge
926 Dodge St.
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-5528
Fax: 906-482-5512 
Volunteer Opportunities: Food pantry, Help with taxes, Gifts for and Visiting the elderly

Copper Country Habitat for Humanity
Emily Decker-Fiala
1000 Quincy St.
P.O. Box 231
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-5376 (office), 906-337-0020 (ReStore)
Volunteer Opportunities: Building Habitat homes, Assisting at the ReStore, Office work, Serving on committees

Department of Human Services
Leonard Richards
200 Quincy St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-482-0500
Fax: 906-487-7726
Volunteer Opportunities: Holiday parties, Gifts for kids, Sponsor children for holidays or summer camps, Projects for the elderly

Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Trina Barrette (Administrative Assistant) 
P.O. Box 336, 902 College Ave.
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-5240
Fax: 906-482-5241
E-mail: info@keweenaw.org
Volunteer Opportunities: You can find information about area volunteer opportunities

Houghton County Historical Society
David Pulfe 
53102 Highway M-26
P.O. Box 127
Lake Linden, MI 49945
Phone: 906-296-4121
Email: info@houghtonhistory.org

Volunteer Opportunities: Data entry project, Work w/ public, Physical labor (working with railroads), Misc. chores (painting, mowing, cleaning), Building models/displays, Research assistants

Keweenaw Community Foundation
Barbara Rose 
236 Quincy St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-482-9673
Fax: 906-482-9679
E-mail: kcf@charterinternet.com
Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, Office/paperwork, Youth Advisory Council (looking for an advisor)

Keweenaw Family Resource Center
Andra Ziemnick
850 W. Sharon Ave.
Suites 5 &6 
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-9363
Email: andra@charterinternet.com
Volunteer Opportunities: Play groups, Working with kids, Office Help

Pregnancy Services
Julie Carlton
616 Shelden Ave. Ste 207
Houghton, MI  49931
Phone:  906-482-8681
Fax:  906-482-8681
Email: pregserv@pasty.com
Volunteer Opportunities: Crisis counselors (training required), Fundraising, Publicity about services offered, Peer Crisis Counselling, Pre & Post Abortion Counselling

Salvation Army
Capt. Mark Brown
P.O. Box 389, 408 Ravine St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone:  906-482-3420
Fax:  906-482-9622
Email: mark_brown@usc.salvationarmy.com
Volunteer Opportunities: Kids Club help, Food pantry, Chores, Help in thrift store, Bell ringing, Christmas activities

Western Upper Peninsula Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Maureen Salo
540 Depot St.
Hancock, MI  49930
Phone: 906-482-7382 ext. 160
Fax:  906-482-9410
Volunteer Opportunities:  Electronics recycling drive, Parent’s Day Out, Community Art Center, Projects for the city

Fundraising Organizations

American Cancer Society
Michele Butterfield
1400 S. Carpenter Ave.
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Phone: 906-469-0149
Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, Relay for Life

American Heart Association of Michigan
Jennifer Hancock
3940 Peninsular Drive SE. Suite 180
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: 517-303-3830 
Fax: 616-285-1895
Email: jennifer.hancock@heart.org Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, Walks

American Lung Association
Gail Ploe (Aspirus Home Health and Hospice)
540 Depot St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-482-7382 ext. 122
E-mail: gploe@hline.org
Volunteer Opportunities: Many projects dealing with smoking cessation and preventionn

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Laura Pawlak
3064 Boardwalk Dr.
Saginaw, MI 48603
Phone: 800-968-7169 or 989-790-2233
Fax: 989-790-1050
E-mail: saginaw-mi@cff.org
Volunteer Opportunities:  Fundraising, The Great Strides Walk

Kidney Foundation of Michigan
1169 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 800-482-1455 or 734-222-9800
Fax: 734-222-9801
Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, Charity walks

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Robin Rhea
1471 E Twelve Mile Rd. Bldg. A
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Phone: 248-581-3900
Fax: 248-582-2925
Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, Light the Night Walk

March of Dimes (Birth Defects Foundation)
Sandra Lambert
1055 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855
Fax:  906-228-6942
Email:  slambert@modimes.org
Volunteer Opportunities: Walks, Fundraising

Hospice/Elderly Assistance

Keweenaw Home and Nursing Hospice
Karen Kezele
311 6th St.
Calumet, MI 49913
Phone: 906-337-5700
Fax: 906-337-9929
E-mail: Karen@khn-hospice.com
Volunteer Opportunities: Visiting, Chores for elderly, Office work

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Cathy Aten
527 Hancock St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-482-6944
Fax: 906-482-6106
E-mail: maten.hou@littlebrothers.org
Volunteer Opportunities: Visits to elderly, Wood chopping, Office work, Holiday parties, Leaf raking/snow shoveling, Copper tea, Picnics

Omega House*
Mary Herlevich Manager
2211 Maureen Ln.
Houghton , MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-4438
Fax: 906-482-6144
Email: mary@omega-house.org
Volunteer Opportunities: Chores, Office work, Care for residents

*Will need training

Phoenix House, Inc.
Mark Maggio
57467 Waterworks St. P.O. Box 468
Calumet, MI 49913
Phone: 906-337-0768
Email: info@phoenixhouse.com
Volunteer Opportunities: Internships, Fundraising

Portage Health System Auxiliary*
Luci Sintkowski
500 Campus Dr.
Hancock, MI  49930
Phone: 906-483-1000
Email: lsintowski@portagehealth.org
Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, Volunteer opportunities at hospital, Portage Health sponsored events, faculty and family members welcome

*Meetings 1st Thurs. every month (Sept. – May)

Portage Lake Hospice
500 Campus Dr.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone:  906-483-1000
Email: mberghefer@portagehealth.org
Volunteer Opportunities: Hospice volunteers (free training)

Local Business/Services

Goodwill Store*
Pamela Hecht
911 Razorback Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-3680
Volunteer Opportunities: Shelving, Cleaning, Sorting, Outdoor Work (Summer), Retail, Processing

*Must fill out volunteer form

Portage Lake District Library
Jim Curtis
58 Huron St.
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone:  906-482-4570
Email: info.pldl.org
Volunteer Opportunities:  Assisting with a variety of library projects

St. Vincent De Paul Store and Office
204 Quincy St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone:  906-482-7705
Volunteer Opportunities:  Help in store, Stock food pantry, Office work


Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center
Donna Rangus
205 Osceola St.
Laurium, MI 49913
Phone: 906-337-6500
Email: drangus@aspiruskeeweenaw.org 
Volunteer Opportunities: Required to serve 30 hours and go through screening process to be a registered volunteer. The Background check now includes finger printing. 

For a “one-time” project contact Lori or Lynette at Northridge Pines Assisted Living Center (906-337-1416).

Volunteer Worker’s Placement

Department of Human Services (Houghton County)
Julie Kent
200 Quincy St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone:  906-482-0500