“Volunteer” column for March 31, 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.

COMMUNITY DAY, East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission (BREC) — Tonya Dixon, (225) 272-9200, ext. 446, or volunteer@brec.org: BREC, in partnership with Glen Oaks Baptist Church, will hold a Community Outreach Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Maplewood Park. Volunteers are needed to help with games, information booths, children inflatables, face painting, serving popcorn, cotton candy, food and more.

Email volunteer@brec.org for more information on this opportunity, and visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BRECparks.

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 Saturday at the Bon Carré Business Center. The event aims to increase awareness of the importance of early cancer detection among racial/ethnic minority groups. Volunteers are needed to assist with setup and tear-down, volunteer registration, serving food and drinks, assisting vendors, translation, screening registration, and directing participants during the event.

If interested, contact Smith.

BETTER BLOCK BR, Center for Planning Excellence — Leigh LaFargue, (225) 267-6300: Better Block BR, a two-day demonstration project that will transform two blocks of Government Street into a walkable, bikeable, “complete street,” is looking for volunteers for the event that will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13-14.

Help is needed with procuring, building, cleaning and setting up exterior and interior elements that are designed to improve the aesthetic of Government Street between Bedford Drive and Beverly Drive. Volunteers can also promote the event and help visitors get information or find their way around.

Register to volunteer at http://betterblockbr.com/.

HEALTHY KIDS DAY, YMCA of the Capital Area — Kristen Hogan, (225) 923-0653, ext. 1104, or khogan@ymcabr.org: The YMCA of the Capital Area will celebrate the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 with a free community event to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier.

There will be fun active play and educational opportunities. Volunteers are needed to help with bounce houses, face painting, a healthy snacks table, obstacle course, registration and more.

Contact Hogan for more information.

ROCKETCHIX RACE VOLUNTEERS, Rocketkidz Foundation — Susan Hayden, (225) 603-1667: Volunteers are needed to hand out water, cheer along the race course, hand out medals at the finish line and much more at the Rocketchix Triathlon on April 14.

The race is produced by the Rocketkidz Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to creating and sustaining active, fit and healthy children, families and communities. For more information about the race, visit http://rocketchix.com/.

If interested in volunteering, contact Hayden.