VOLUNTEER

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.

ZIPPITY ZOO FEST, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo — Connie Riddle, (225) 775-3877, ext. 250, or volunteers@brzoo.org: Volunteers from the area, organizations and companies are invited to assist with BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo’s Zippity Zoo Fest, an annual spring family festival to take place April 6-7. Help is needed with face painting, educational games and activity areas, and monitoring of the photo booth and the photo contest display. Sign up by March 29. Contact Riddle for more information.

OPEN AIR BIKE REPAIR, Open Air Ministries — Trippe Hawthorne, (225) 229-2555 or trippe.hawthorne@keanmiller.com: Put your hands to work to help others get around town. This group needs help refurbishing donated bikes to be given away to homeless individuals in the community. Prior experience working on bikes is not necessary. Workdays this month are March 23 or 30. If interested in learning more, contact Hawthorne.

TREES AND TRAILS, LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center — Penny Miller, (225) 937-3632 or TntDocents@gmail.com: Trees and Trails is looking for additional volunteers to help guide fourth- through seventh-grade students through the trails at Burden for environmental and nature lessons. The 12 spring sessions will be held from late March through mid-May, primarily on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Volunteers can select the days that work best with their schedules. For more information, come to an orientation and overview from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Burden Conference Center.

More in-depth training will be after lunch for those interested in joining. For more information on Trees and Trails, visit http://treesandtrails.com/ or contact Miller.

Z-FEST, Zachary Arts & Music Festival — Megan Andrews, megan.andrews@hotmail.com: Be a part of this annual event happening in the Zachary community March 21-24. Volunteers are needed to serve in the drink, ticket and carnival ride booths, as well as serving as runners, parking attendants, parking pass/collections attendants and more.

Sign up for shifts at the following times: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older. For more information or to sign up, contact Andrews or visit http://www.zfest.us/.

FEST FOR LIFE, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center — Renee Smith, (225) 215-1389 or rsmith@marybird.com: Volunteer at the sixth annual Fest for Life on April 6 at the Bon Carré Business Center. The event aims to increase the awareness of the importance of early cancer detection among racial/ethnic minority groups.

Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and tear-down, volunteer registration, serving food and drinks, assisting vendors, translation, screening registration and directing participants during the event. If interested, contact Smith.