‘Volunteer’ for Feb. 3, 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.

LOOKING FOR A REWARDING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE? GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship — Courtney Finnan, (225) 766-1614 or courtney@gaitway.org: GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship is 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. The faith-built, volunteer-based center offers volunteer opportunities for those with and without horse experience.

A comprehensive training program will be provided. For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Finnan.

SHARE HOPE, Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) — Audra Ray, (225) 346-5095 or aray@bhgh.org: The group is looking for volunteers to be tutors, dinner parents and mentors. Tutors work with scholars in grades 6-12 at least once a week in various subjects. Dinner parents prepare a meal for about 10 youth who live at one of the BHGH houses. Dinners can be dropped off with staff or brought in and enjoyed with the scholars, ages 10 to 18.

Mentors see their scholar two to four times a month and talk to them on the phone at least once a week throughout the year. For more information, contact Ray.

DO YOU ENJOY SEWING? Threads of Love Foundation — Sissy Davis, (225) 667-7714 or sissy@threadsoflove.org: Threads of Love, a sewing ministry meeting the needs of newborns and tiny premature infants, is seeking volunteers age 18 or older for sewing.

The ministry is about healing and binding together the hearts of parents at the time of uncertainty about their baby’s health, or when they lose an infant. Volunteers are required to bring a basic sewing kit, sewing machine and bag lunch.

They meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, 19421 Greenwell Springs Road. For more information, contact Davis.

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 provides a safe environment in which to build 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 world views. Visit http://www.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 racecourse support.

In addition to race day, volunteers are also needed to help with packet pickup on Feb. 14-15. For more information, visit http://mardigrasmambo10k-brasf.eventbrite.com or contact Engemann.