Volunteer column for Sept. 5, 2014

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, contact the listed agency directly.

JAMBALAYA JAMMIN’, Capital Area United Way – Lauren Robinson, (225) 346-5800 or laurenr@CAUW.org: Volunteers are needed to help with the 27th annual CAUW Jambalaya Jam, which will be held Oct. 9 in the North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge. Volunteers are needed for set-up and take-down the day of the event; volunteers receive a ticket to sample jambalaya, drink ticket and T-shirt. Visit volunteerbatonrouge.force.com to sign up.

EVERYBODY READS, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) – Tony Pryer, (225) 226-4703 or everybodyreads@ebrschools.org: Volunteers for the upcoming school year are need for the program. Each year, over 1,600 pre-K to second-grade students, who could benefit from one-on-one tutoring with a caring adult, are recommended by their teachers to participate in EveryBody Reads.

Reading Friend volunteers are recruited, screened and trained by VIPS, and are asked to meet one-on-one for 30-45 minutes with his/her student on a consistent basis throughout the school year.

HELPING THE HOMELESS, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless – Dillon Hall, (225) 388-5855 or dhall@homelessinbr.org: Volunteers are needed to assist with the center’s work with homeless citizens in the Baton Rouge area. Volunteer opportunities are available seven days a week with the following times: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

YOUTH TUTORING PROGAM, Gardere Initiative – Adam, (225) 803-9616 or gardereintiative@gmail.com: This fall the Gardere Initative is seeking to grow its youth tutoring program specifically to cater towards some of the issues that will be coming with the Common Core Educational developments. The program is specifically seeking volunteer tutors and individuals who can help students with career planning.

ACTIVITY VOLUNTEERS, Jefferson Manor – LaQuan Harvey, (225) 293-1434: Volunteers are needed to help with activities and interact with the residents of the nursing home. Volunteering opportunities include participating in crafts, bingo, and other activities.