“Volunteer” column for April 7, 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.

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 its event taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and April 14. Help is needed to procure, build, clean and set up exterior and interior elements that are designed to improve the aesthetic of Government Street between Bedford Drive and Beverly Drive.

Volunteers may also promote the event and help visitors with information or directions. 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: On April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the YMCA of the Capital Area is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day┬« with a free community event to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier.

Included 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/. To volunteer, email Hayden.

HELP A CHILD, Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association — Emily Hebert, (225) 379-8598: Capital Area CASA is looking for volunteers to join the next volunteer training course.

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. The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief orientation at the CASA office.

Call Hebert or visit http://www.casabr.org for more information.

STEP BACK IN TIME, Old State Capitol — Susan Vincent, (225) 924-0573 or oscdocents@att.net: Make history come alive for visitors at the Old State Capitol by volunteering as a docent.

Docents learn about the colorful people and stories of the Old State Capitol, its architecture and its place in Louisiana’s political history and share the knowledge with visitors to the historical building. They also engage visitors and inform them about the exhibits and events held there. Contact Vincent to find out about upcoming training sessions.