Volunteer for June 23, 2013

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Volunteer! United, are outlined in this column every Sunday. To learn more about these opportunities, contact the listed agency.

SPLASH INTO SUMMER, Arc Baton Rouge — Molly Orr, (225) 927-0855 or morr@arcbatonrouge.org: Volunteers are needed to help with a nonstructured swim time for children ages 3 and older and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers help participants learn basic water safety, basic swim and socialization skills, and play games. The program is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 8-19 at the LSU Rec Center. A mandatory training will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 5. If interested, contact Orr via phone or email.

HEART 2 HEART, Catholic Charities — Kayla Moscona, (225) 336-8700, ext. 404: Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to become Heart 2 Heart youth mentors. All that’s required is a drive and compassion to change someone’s life and a few hours a month. Call Moscona to get started.

VOLUNTEER FOR A CAUSE, St. Vincent de Paul — Gail Gaiennie, (225) 383-7837, ext. 207, or gailg@svdpbr.com: St. Vincent de Paul needs help. Opportunities include working in the office of its pharmacy from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, (225) 383-7450; reading stories or telling life stories to homeless children in the Sweet Dreams Day Shelter for Women & Children, (225) 383-7837, ext. 207; and cleaning, planting, office organizing, painting and many other activities for students who need service hours this summer, (225) 383-7837, ext. 207, or email gailg@svdpbr.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Ochsner Health System — La Marylis Newman, (225) 755-4986: Ochsner Medical Center — Baton Rouge, near I-12 and O’Neal Lane on Medical Center Drive, has volunteer opportunities available in surgery waiting, front information desk and patient surveys. Clerical and greeter volunteers are needed at the following Baton Rouge clinics: Ochsner Clinic — Summa and Picardy (near Mall of Louisiana); Ochsner Clinic — Jefferson Highway (near Essen Lane); and Plaza I — Medical Center Drive, first building on the left next to the hospital. For more information, call Newman from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 this knowledge with visitors to the historical building. They also engage visitors and inform them about the exhibits and events held there. Contact Vincent for information about upcoming training sessions.

LOOKING FOR A REWARDING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE? GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship — Shelly Rose, (225) 766-1614 or info@gaitway.org: GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship, 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, needs volunteers. A comprehensive training program will be provided for all interested parties. Previous experience with horses is not necessary. For information on how to become a volunteer, contact Rose.