“Volunteer” column for Nov. 11, 2012

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.

HELP KIDS GET A START ON TENNIS, Recreation and Parks Commission for East Baton Rouge Parish — Erin O’Neill, (225) 272-9200, ext. 143, or volunteer@brec.org: Volunteer with BREC at the Quickstart Tournament. Be on court to assist children ages 6 to 10 learn to keep score while playing tennis.

Help usher them to and from the courts while providing mentorship and encouragement. The tournament is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Independence Park.

Contact O’Neill for more information.

CELEBRATE WITH US, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless — Mora Hedayati, (225) 388-5855 or mhedayati@homelessinbr.org: This month marks the one-year anniversary of the One Stop Homeless Services Center, run by the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless.

Activities are scheduled Nov. 26-30 to celebrate the anniversary and volunteers are needed to help prepare for and staff the events. Food (baked goods, sandwiches, chips and other snacks) and toiletry donations are also being accepted. Contact Hedayati for more information.

HOPE UNDER THE TREE, Volunteers of America — Greta Patterson, (225) 408-3796 or development@voagbr.org: Volunteers of America serves thousands of individuals and families every year by providing housing to homeless families, support to people with disabilities, affordable housing for the elderly, and foster family placements for abused and neglected children and youth. Volunteers are needed to sponsor families, individuals or children through the Hope Under the Tree program, and provide Christmas gifts to those who would have nothing under their trees. Email or call to select from the VOA wish list.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Capital Area CASA — Emily Hebert, (225) 379-8598: Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children, will hold its next volunteer training course beginning Jan. 8.

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. Volunteers must be 21 years old. The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief orientation at the CASA office. Call or visit online for more information.

EMPOWER LOUISIANA’S SENIORS TO PREVENT MEDICARE FRAUD, Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol — Sunny Lawless, (225) 248-7077: Bilingual volunteers are needed to help share important Medicare fraud prevention information with seniors of the Hispanic communities. Contact Lawless for more information on these volunteer opportunities.