“Volunteer” column for Feb. 10, 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 .

HISTORY COMES ALIVE, West Baton Rouge Museum — Toni Brantley, (225) 336-2422, ext. 16, or brantley@wbrmuseum.org: Volunteers are needed to help with music and craft activities Feb. 23 at a family workshop in conjunction with the exhibit “Freedom is Coming: Underground Railroad.” The event, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon, is meant to engage children and adults in exploring “Freedom is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance & the Underground Railroad” on the music CD series produced by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Included will be musical performances, storytelling, a small craft project, and light talk about the music associated with the Underground Railroad.

LOOKING FOR A REWARDING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE? GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship — Courtney Finnan, (225) 766-1614 or courtney@gaitway.org: GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship, 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, needs volunteers with and without horse experience. The faith-built, volunteer-based center will offer a comprehensive training program for all interested parties. For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Finnan.

SHARE HOPE, Boys Hope Girls Hope — Audra Ray, (225) 346-5095 or aray@bhgh.org: BHGH 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. Mentors see their scholar two to four times a month and talk to their scholar (10-18 years of age) on the phone at least once a week throughout the year. For more information, contact Ray.

BE A READING FRIEND, Volunteers In Public Schools —- 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 30-45 minutes with a 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 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 Saturday. 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 pick up on Thursday and Friday. For more information, visit http://mardigrasmambo10k-brasf.eventbrite.com or contact Engemann.