The Tri-City Area United Way focuses on three initiatives: Educational Success: Cradle to Career, Financial Stability, and Health and Well-Being. People who volunteer within these concentrations fill a special need in the community. There are openings to work with children, seniors, indoors, outside, long-term and short-term projects. These are some opportunities in the area where YOU CAN HELP. For more information, people may call 715-735-7785. For a listing of Marinette and Menominee Area Community Youth Programs, people may visit http://www.tricityareaunitedway.com/Find-Help.

¦ Getting Ahead Program
is seeking volunteer meeting facilitators. Getting Ahead is a program designed to assist people living in poverty make the first step toward the life they want: Taking charge of their own lives. Facilitators are trained to oversee a 16-week workshop, once a week for three hours. For more information, people may call Nicole, 715-735-7785, or email nicole@tricityareaunitedway.com.
¦ Crossing Rivers Support Group is in need of volunteer meeting facilitators. Crossing Rivers is a group of volunteers committed to helping those with mental health issues. The group also holds awareness and prevention events year round. Volunteers must have a sense of empathy and be good listeners. For more information, people may call Steve, 715-938-7348 or email crossing.rivers@hotmail.com.
¦ DAR Boys and Girls Club is looking for volunteers for one-on-one relationships with youth. Participants may share a hobby, help with school work or relax and read with area youth. For more information, people may call 906-863-9512.
¦ OSF Hospice is in need of volunteers in Menominee and surrounding areas. Hospice volunteers have unique duties. They spend their time with the terminally ill to provide a listening ear. Volunteers give caregivers the opportunity to attend appointments, go to lunch, or in some cases, just take a nap, knowing that their loved one is not alone. There are no patient care skills required, only compassion, commitment and a love for people. If interested, people may call volunteer coordinator, Ilene Kotajarvi at 906-786-3915 for information.
¦ Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is in need of volunteer Wish Granters. As a Wish Granter, people aid the Mission Delivery staff in meeting with wish families, collecting detailed information about the child’s wish and family information, planning the wish presentation day and more. Volunteers must be 18 or older. For more information about volunteering, people may contact Jennilyn Parulski, jparulski@wisconsin.wish.org.
¦ NEWCAP is looking for volunteers to help unload food deliveries and to assist with food drives. Individuals, families and organizations are encouraged to contact Peggy Zielinski at 715-732-4171 or peggyzielinski@newcap.org.
¦ Twin Counties Free Clinic (TCFC) is currently looking for doctors and nurses and anyone interested in volunteering their time in the clinic. This is a free clinic that is open to residents of Marinette and Menominee counties who meet the income guideline (at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level) and are not insured. The clinic is held on the second and fourth Tuesday evenin of each month. Patients should call to pre-register and to get an appointment date. Anyone is interested in volunteering may call 715-732-1349 or email tcfc@bamc.org.
¦ Respite Care of Marinette and Menominee Counties is looking for volunteers to provide home companionship, or respite, to families who are caring for an adult loved one who may be elderly, disabled, chronically or terminally ill. Training is available to those who may be interested. For more information on giving the gift of time, people may contact Lori at 715-732-4474.
¦ Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with answering the crisis-line, assisting staff with shelter projects, moving furniture, maintaining the shelter property and transporting clients. For more information about volunteering, people may contact the shelter, 715-735-6656.
¦ Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bay Area is looking for volunteer mentors for youth 6-16. The mission is to facilitate and enhance the positive development of youth through volunteer friendships and mentoring. Training and assistance is available to volunteers who commit to four-six hours per month, with a  choice of either community-based or school-based programs. BBBS covers four counties including Menominee and Marinette. People may call Julia Nutter, 906-290-6784 or visit www.bbbsbayarea.org to fill out an application.
¦ CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Menominee County  seeks caring individuals to advocate for children involved in the court system due to allegations of abuse or neglect. Volunteers are screened, trained and supported as they ensure the child’s voice is heard and make recommendations in the best interest of the child to the court. CASA also seeks area residents to serve on its board. For more information, people may contact Andrea Maxwell, program coordinator at 715-923-7250 or casa@new.rr.com. People may also visit www.menomineecasa.com.

Tri-City Area United Way provides services to Marinette, Oconto and Menominee counties. Those who belong to a community organization that could use volunteer help or have volunteer help to provide, may contact the Tri-City Area United Way to be included on this list. The Tri-City Area United Way also provides a service to all agencies that are looking for volunteers. For more information, people may visit www.tricityareaunitedway.com, or find Tri-City Area United Way on Facebook.