“Volunteer” column for Jan. 6, 2013

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Volunteer! United (formerly Volunteer! Baton Rouge), are outlined in this column every Sunday. To learn more about these opportunities, contact the listed agency directly.

RACE TOWARD THE FINISH LINE, Louisiana Marathon — Eric Engemann, (225) 382-3571 or eric@brasf.com: Volunteers are needed in various roles from Jan. 18-20. These include expo setup, race information desk, registration, packet pickup, race setup, finish festival and more. There is something for everyone.

Sign up for all shifts available online at http://louisianavolunteer.eventbrite.com/. Visit the website or contact Engemann for more information.

HELP WITH YOUR HAMMER AND MORE, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge — Kristen Lastrapes, (225) 927-6651 or Kristen@habitatbrla.org: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge is looking for volunteers to help build a home in Plaquemine in the coming weeks. Help is needed Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. Volunteers must be a minimum of 16 years of age. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Lastrapes.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Capital Area CASA — Emily Hebert, (225) 379-8598: Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children, will hold its next volunteer training course beginning Tuesday.

CASA needs the help of community volunteers in order to continue to provide an advocate for every abused child who needs one.

No special experience is required other than a willingness to get involved and to learn. Volunteers must be 21 years old. The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief orientation at the CASA office. Call or visit http://www.casabr.org for more information.

HELP OTHERS WITH THEIR TAXES, Capital Area United Way — Jillian Sergio, (225) 382-3507 or jillians@cauw.org: Capital Area United Way is seeking Volunteer Income Tax Assistance volunteers for the 2013 tax season.

VITA volunteers will receive training from the IRS to provide free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income families who need assistance with their tax returns. For more information, visit http://www.cauw.org/taxprep or contact Sergio.

TEENS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, Youth Volunteer Corps of the Capital Area — Anna Stogner, (225) 382-3512 or annas@cauw.org: The Youth Volunteer Corps offers teens a chance to volunteer together on projects designed specifically with their likes and age in mind.

Volunteering brings a sense of confidence and a good model for interacting in the world.

It also enables young people to develop new communication, career building and social skills that will be useful in life.

Find out more about YVC at one of the orientation sessions on Monday or Jan. 15 or 29. Call Stogner to attend.

For more information about YVC, visit http://www.cauw.org/yvc.