'Volunteer' for Feb. 17, 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 .

HISTORY COMES ALIVE, West Baton Rouge Museum — Toni Brantley, (225) 336-2422, ext.16, or brantley@wbrmuseum.org: There will be a family workshop in conjunction with the exhibit “Freedom is Coming: Underground Railroad” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event will engage children and adults in exploring “Freedom is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance & the Underground Railroad” on the music CD series produced by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. The program will include musical performances, storytelling, a small craft project, and light talk about the music associated with the Underground Railroad. Volunteers are needed to help with music and craft activities.

LOOKING FOR A REWARDING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE? GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship — Courtney Finnan, (225) 766-1614 or courtney@gaitway.org: GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people of all ages with cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. The faith-built, volunteer-based group has volunteer opportunities for those with and without horse experience.

A comprehensive training program will be provided for all interested parties. For more information, contact Finnan.

SHARE HOPE, Boys Hope Girls Hope — Audra Ray, (225) 346-5095 or aray@bhgh.org: Boys Hope Girls Hope is looking for volunteers to be tutors, dinner parents and mentors. Tutors work with scholars in grades 6-12 at least once a week in various subjects. Dinner parents prepare a meal for about 10 youth who live at one of the Boys Hope Girls Hope houses. Dinners can be dropped off with staff or brought in and enjoyed with scholars.

Mentors see their scholar two to four times a month and talk to their scholar (ages 10 to 18) on the phone at least once a week throughout the year. For more information, contact Ray.

TREES AND TRAILS, LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center — Penny Miller, (225) 937-3632 or TntDocents@gmail.com: Trees and Trails is looking for additional volunteers to help guide fourth- through seventh-grade students through the trails at Burden for environmental and nature lessons. The 12 spring sessions will be held from late March through mid-May, primarily on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Volunteers can select the days that work best with their schedules. For more information, come to an orientation and overview from 9 a.m. to noon March 13, at the Burden Conference Center. More in-depth training will be held after lunch for those interested in joining. For more information on Trees and Trails, visit http://treesandtrails.com/ or contact Miller.

ROCKIN’ AT THE SWAMP, BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center — Tonya Dixon, (225) 272-9200, ext. 446, or volunteer@brec.org: Do you love nature and the outdoors? Volunteer for Rockin’ at the Swamp. The event provides visitors the opportunity to explore the vast world of geology, and includes activities and displays about rocks, gemstones, minerals and fossils. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9. Volunteers may serve in the Stone Craft Corner, Treasure Trail, Gold Mine or check-in table. For more information, contact Dixon.