“Volunteer” column for May 12, 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.

TUTOR RECRUITMENT HAPPENING NOW, Adult Literacy Advocates — Michelle Vining, (225) 383-1090 or michelle@adultliteracyadvocates.org: Be a part of the literacy solution by volunteering for Adult Literacy Advocates. There are several ways to get involved. Volunteer training is happening this month. For more information, contact Vining.

PET WELLNESS EVENT HELP NEEDED, Spay Baton Rouge — Sandra DiTusa, spaybatonrouge@yahoo.com or leave a message at (225) 775-0101: Spay Baton Rouge is looking for animal lovers to join the group at its next Wellness Event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19.

Free basic shots for dogs and cats and education regarding the welfare of pets will be provided. Volunteers are needed to help fill water bowls for the dogs, to help pet owners fill out a simple questionnaire, and to provide assistance to the veterinarians helping at the event.

No special experience is required other than a willingness to help make life for pet owners and pets better in the community. For fastest response, email DiTusa at spaybatonrouge@yahoo.com.

LOOKING FOR A REWARDING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE? GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship — Shelly Rose, (225) 766-1614 or info@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. A comprehensive training program will be provided for all interested parties. Previous experience with horses is not necessary. For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Rose.

CLINIC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Ochsner Medical Center — La Marylis Newman, (225) 755-4986: Ochsner has multiple opportunities for people to volunteer at various locations in Baton Rouge. They include: surgery waiting, front information desk and patient surveys, Interstate 12 and O’Neal on Medical Center Drive; and clerical and greeter, clinics at Summa and Picardy (near Mall of Louisiana), Jefferson Highway (near Essen Lane), Baton Rouge and Plaza I - Medical Center Drive, next to the hospital. Volunteers work in two shifts: 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Participants are asked to volunteer for one shift per week. For more information, call Newman from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Together Baton Rouge — Edgar Cage, edgarcage@att.net: Together Baton Rouge and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank have partnered to provide fresh, healthy food to residents of the Scotlandville area — the largest food desert in East Baton Rouge Parish. Volunteers are needed at the Scotlandville Healthy Food Pantry at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church from 8 a.m. to noon June 8 and June 22. If interested in volunteering, contact Cage.