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. 
 
¦ Abundant Life Shelter is looking for volunteers in the following areas: Front desk, security, IT, grants, fundraising and education committees. Second Chances Thrift Shoppe is in need of assistance for sorting and cleaning donations and for people to work on the sales floor. People may contact the main office, 906-424-4429, or secretary@alcmission.org.
¦ Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Marinette County is looking for volunteer guardians. Volunteer guardians are substitute decision makers for people who have cognitive disabilities and are unable to make informed personal decisions in their own best interest. Volunteers must be 21 years or older, looking to make a difference, and desire to advocate and protect someone who cannot speak for themselves. For more information or to volunteer, persons may call the ADRC at 715-735-3850.
¦ Haven of Hope is looking for help in supervising the homeless shelter. Duties include supervision of residents and facilitation of the shelter’s chores. Hours are available 24 hours a day and open to the choice of the volunteer. People may call Kathy Wall, executive director, 715-735-3684 for more information or to learn more.
¦ 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 3 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 the DAR, 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. Wish granters 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.
¦ Twin Counties Free Clinic (TCFC) is 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 200 percent of the federal poverty level) and are not insured. The clinic is held on the second and fourth Tuesday evening of each month (unless it is a holiday week). Patients should call to preregister and to get an appointment date. Anyone is interested in volunteering may call TCFC, 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, people may contact Sharon Stone at 715-732-4474.
¦ NEWCAP Inc. Food Pantry of Oconto is in need of volunteer pantry workers. Volunteers will participate in all aspects of the NEWCAP Oconto Food Pantry, 1201 Main St., Oconto. We are in need of help on Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to help in managing our Food Pantry and assist shoppers in need. To volunteer please call 920-834-4621 and ask for Deb or JoAnn or email humanresources@newcap.org or visit www.newcap.org for more information.
¦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. People may fill out a volunteer application at www.therainbowhouse.us.
¦ 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 4-6 hours per month, with a  choice of either community-based or school-based programs. BBBS covers five counties including Menominee and Marinette. People may call Julia Nutter, 906-290-6784 or visit www.bbbsbayarea.org to fill out an application.
¦ Unity is seeking volunteers who have a few hours of time to socialize, play games or assist with small projects. Unity works within a volunteers’ interests and schedule to find meaningful placements. Unity is a not-for-profit organization that provides hospice, palliative and bereavement services. For more information, people may call 715-582-1050, email volunteer@unityhospice.org or visit www.unityhospice.org and click on “join our team.”
¦ CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Menominee, Brown/Marinette counties 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 Amanda Merrell, program coordinator at 715-923-7250 or email casa@new.rr.com; call Kristin Jacobs at 920-437-2272, ext. 101 or email kristinj@casabc.org. People may also visit www.menomineecasa.com.
¦ Community Action Agency of Menominee/Delta/Schoolcraft Counties seeks volunteers 55 years and older for their Senior Companion Program. Volunteers provide companionship and assistance to the frail, elderly, mental health clients, assisted living home residents, nursing home residents, foster care residents and adult day centers and are paid a non-taxable stipend and travel reimbursement. For more information, or to volunteer, persons may call Constance Maule, Senior Companion Director, at 906-786-7080, ext. 144.
¦ Southern Care Hospice seeks volunteers to provide companionship to patients and their families. Training is provided. For more information and to volunteer, persons may call Tina at 920-496-1690.
¦ St. Vincent de Paul Store-Marinette helps provide hope and a hand to people in need. Volunteers for sorters, stockers and straighteners, furniture pick-up and delivery assistant, receiving, and pantry stockers are needed. For complete descriptions, those who are interested may go online to www.svdpmarinette.com/join-us. For more information, persons may call Bonnie at 715-735-6956 or by email svdp@svdpmarinette.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. For more information, people may visit www.tricityareaunitedway.com or call 715-735-7785. People may also find the Tri-City Area United Way on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/tricityarea.unitedway.