'Volunteer' for March 24, 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.

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.

Assistance is needed with face painting, educational games and activity areas, monitoring of the photo booth and the photo contest display. Volunteers have until Friday to sign up. Contact Riddle for more information.

COMMUNITY DAY, Recreation and Park Commission for the parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) — Tonya Dixon, (225) 272-9200, ext. 446, or volunteer@brec.org: BREC, in partnership with Glen Oaks Baptist Church, will hold a Community Outreach Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Maplewood Park.

Volunteers are needed to help with games, information booths, children inflatables, face painting, serving popcorn, cotton candy, food and more.

Email volunteer@brec.org for more information on this opportunity, and visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/BRECparks.

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 people in the community.

Prior experience working on bikes is not necessary. There is a workday Saturday. If interested in learning more about how to help, contact Hawthorne.

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 setup and tear-down, volunteer registration, serving food and drinks, assisting vendors, translation, screening registration, and directing participants during the event. If interested, contact Smith.

BETTER BLOCK BR, Center for Planning Excellence — Leigh LaFargue, (225) 267-6300: Better Block BR, a two-day demonstration project that will transform two blocks of Government Street into a walkable, bikeable, “complete street,” is looking for volunteers. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13-14.

Volunteers will help procure, build, clean and set up exterior and interior elements that are designed to improve the aesthetic of Government Street between Bedford Drive and Beverly Drive. They can also promote the event and help visitors get information or find their way around.

Register to volunteer at betterblockbr.org.