“Volunteer” for Jan. 27, 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.

SAVE LOUISIANA WETLANDS, 4-H Youth Wetlands Program — Ashley Mullens, (225) 578-7415 or awmullens@agcenter.lsu.edu: Help pack educational supply kits for the 4-H Youth Wetlands Program. Hands are needed to help pack supplies for 86,000 Louisiana students.

Each year, teachers across the state register with the 4-H program to receive free wetland lessons to use in their classrooms, as well as a box of supplies to complete the activities in the lessons. Assembling and stuffing of boxes will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the 4-H Mini Farm (next to Parker Coliseum at LSU). Come for an hour or stay the entire time. Refreshments will be provided. To register, contact Mullens.

BE SOMEONE FOR SOMEONE, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge — Onya Carter (225) 383-3928 or onya@brclubs.org: Adults are needed who want to invest in the lives of kids through a mentoring relationship in Club Inspire. Volunteers must be willing to serve as positive role models for club members, help them better understand their homework, and have fun. An initial one-hour training session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday. Contact Carter for more information.

BE A READING FRIEND, Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) — Lauren Davenport, (225) 226-47023 or everybodyreads@ebrschools.org: Reading Friend volunteers are recruited, screened and trained by VIPS, and are asked to meet one-on-one for 30 to 45 minutes with his/her student on a consistent basis throughout the school year.

Reading Friends provide a safe environment in which to build their students’ confidence in and enjoyment of reading. Participation in the program will ensure that a struggling reader improves his or her reading skills and gets exposed to a variety of worldviews. Visit vips.ebrschools.org to register for an upcoming training or contact Davenport for more information.

HELP OTHERS TO THE FINISH LINE, Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation — Eric Engemann, (225) 382-3596 or eric@brasf.com: Help with pre- and post-race activities for the Amedisys Mardi Gras Mambo 10K and 1-mile fun run. The races will begin and end at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium on Feb. 16.

Volunteer duties include assisting with race-day registration, food distribution and race course support. In addition to race day, volunteers are needed to help with packet pickup on Feb. 14-15. For more information, visit http://mardigrasmambo10k-brasf.eventbrite.com or contact Engemann.

TEEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, Youth Volunteer Corps of the Capital Area — Anna Stogner, (225) 382-3512 or annas@cauw.org: The Youth Volunteer Corps offers teens a chance to volunteer together on projects designed specifically with their likes and ages in mind. For teenagers, volunteering brings a sense of confidence and a good model for interacting in the world.

Volunteering also enables young people to develop new communication, career-building and social skills that will be useful in life. Find out more about YVC at an orientation session on Tuesday. Call Stogner to attend.

For more information about YVC, visit http://www.cauw.org/yvc.