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.
STUFF THE BUS, Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) — Hope Dawan, (225) 226-4702 or email@example.com: It’s time to Stuff the Bus on Wednesday. VIPS needs help. Individuals, businesses, civic groups and faith organizations in the Baton Rouge community can sign up to volunteer on the VIPS website, vips.ebrschools.org. School supplies are collected at the Office Depot on College Drive. Last year, more than 120 volunteers collected $62,583 in much-needed school supplies for the 2012-2013 school year. If interested in volunteering or for more information, contact Dawan by phone or email.
HELP THE FOUNDATION, Rocketkidz Foundation — Susan Hayden, firstname.lastname@example.org: Come out and volunteer for the Rocketkidz Foundation during the last weekend of July. It’s a big race weekend with two races.
Lots of volunteers are needed. Work at a water station, cheer along the race course, welcome racers to the finish line or assist with one of many other tasks. Rocketchix takes place on July 27 and Rocketkidz on July 28. Join in the fun and help Louisiana be a healthier place to live, work and play. Register to volunteer at http://rocketkidz.org.
BE A MENTOR, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge — Onya Carter, (225) 383-3928: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge is looking for supportive adults to volunteer with Club Inspire. Make a difference and serve as a positive role model for youth in the community.
Volunteers will empower club members to make positive life choices and enable them to maximize their potential as well as assist them in developing and reaching positive academic and personal goals.
To facilitate the process, volunteers will be asked to maintain regular contact with club members at least once a month for one hour. Training will be provided. For more information, call or visit http://BeGreatBatonRouge.org.
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.
OPPORTUNITY FOR ANIMAL LOVERS, Companion Animal Alliance — Cathy Coates, (225) 774-7701: Volunteers are needed at the East Baton Rouge shelter to walk dogs, socialize cats, transport animals, answer the phones, enter data and more. For more information, visit caabr.org. While there, click on “I Want To Help” then “Volunteer” to fill out the volunteer application online.