'Volunteer' for March 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 directly.

ZIPPITY ZOO FEST, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo — Connie Riddle, (225) 775-3877, ext. 250, or volunteers@brzoo.org: Volunteers from the area, organizations, and companies are invited to assist with BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo’s Zippity Zoo Fest, an annual spring family festival.

Assistance is needed with face painting, educational games and activity areas, and monitoring of the photo booth and the photo contest display. Sign up by Friday, March 29. Contact Riddle for more information.

OPEN AIR BIKE REPAIR, Open Air Ministries — Trippe Hawthorne, (225) 229-2555 or trippe.hawthorne@keanmiller.com: Put your hands to work to help others get around town. This group needs help refurbishing donated bikes to be given away to homeless people in the community.

Prior experience working on bikes is not necessary. Workdays this month include March 23 or 30. If interested in learning more about how to help, contact Hawthorne.

Z-FEST, Zachary Arts & Music Festival — Megan Andrews, megan.andrews@hotmail.com: Volunteer to be a part of this annual event in Zachary on March 21-24. Help is needed to serve in the drink, ticket and carnival ride booths, as well as serving as runners, parking attendants, parking pass/collections attendants and more. Shift times are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Volunteers must be age 15 or older. For more information or to sign up, contact Andrews or visit http://www.zfest.us/.

FEST FOR LIFE, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center — Renee Smith, (225) 215-1389 or rsmith@marybird.com: Volunteer at the sixth annual Fest for Life on April 6 at the Bon CarrĂ© Business Center. The event aims to increase the awareness of the importance of early cancer detection among racial/ethnic minority groups. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and tear-down, volunteer registration, serving food and drinks, assisting vendors, translation, screening registration, and directing participants during the event. If interested, contact Smith.

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 center offers volunteer opportunities for those with and without horse experience. A comprehensive training program will be provided for all interested parties. For more information on how to volunteer, contact Finnan.