“Volunteer” column for Jan. 13, 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.

MAKE IT A DAY ON, Baton Rouge Delta Development Corp. — Kisha Thomas, (225) 335-1521: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by participating in a day of service on Monday, Jan. 21. Baton Rouge Delta Development Corp. will be leading projects that will spruce up residential areas in North Baton Rouge as well as focusing cleanup efforts at various schools in the 70805 ZIP code. If interested, contact Thomas for more information.

TEEN 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 ages in mind. For teenagers, volunteering brings a sense of confidence and a good model for interacting in the world. Volunteering also enables them to develop new communication, career-building and social skills that will be useful in life. Find out more about YVC at one of the January orientation sessions on Tuesday . Call Stogner to attend. For more information about YVC, visit http://www.cauw.org/yvc.

RACE TOWARD THE FINISH LINE, Louisiana Marathon — Eric Engemann, (225) 382-3571 or eric@brasf.com: Volunteers are needed in various roles beginning Thursday until Sunday, Jan. 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 is available online at http://louisianavolunteer.eventbrite.com/. See 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 on Saturday and Jan. 26. Assistants must be a minimum of 16 years of age. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Lastrapes.

DO YOU LIKE CATS? Cat Haven — Candy Ray, (225) 636-2680 or cray@cathaven.org: Become a foster parent. Provide a safe and loving home environment for the group’s cats and kittens. Some may require medical care, need a break from the shelter, or need special attention to help them become adoptable pets. Contact Ray for more information.