‘Volunteer’ for June 2, 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Ochsner Health System — La Marylis Newman, (225) 755-4986: Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge, located at I-12 and O’Neal on Medical Center Drive, has volunteer opportunities available in surgery waiting, front information desk and patient surveys. Clerical and greeter volunteers are needed at the following clinics: Ochsner Clinic - Summa and Picardy (near Mall of Louisiana), Baton Rouge; Ochsner Clinic - Jefferson Highway (near Essen Lane), Baton Rouge; and Plaza I - Medical Center Drive (the first building on the left next to the hospital), Baton Rouge. 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 Saturday and June 22. If interested, contact Cage.

BE A PART OF HISTORY, West Baton Rouge Museum — Jeannie Luckett, (225) 336-2422, ext. 15, or luckett@wbrmuseum.org: Volunteers are needed to assist with Blast from the Past Summer Camp on June 17-21 and June 24-28. Museum staff, volunteers and visiting artists, historical characters and storytellers will lead campers in cracking codes, solving history mysteries, writing with invisible ink, and going on an archaeological dig as a part of this year’s theme, “The Treasure Hunt for Fun Begins!” Camp is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must be energetic and mobile. Having sewing and craft skills is a plus. If interested in volunteering for this opportunity, contact Luckett.

CRISIS COUNSELORS, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center — Allyson Pardue, (225) 924-1431 or volunteer@brcic.org: The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center is looking for volunteer crisis counselors for THE PHONE and Crisis Chat. The PHONE is a 24-hour crisis telephone line that serves Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, and Crisis Chat is an online instant messaging program that offers an alternative way for people in crisis to reach out for help. Volunteer counselors for both programs will receive extensive training in crisis and suicide intervention.

The next training class will begin Thursday. Volunteer counselors are trained in active listening; crisis theory and intervention; suicide and violence assessment; and community resources. Interested individuals can contact the Crisis Intervention Center via phone or email. For more information about the center and to download the application packet and training schedule, visit http://www.brcic.org.

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS, Youth Volunteer Corps of the Capital Area — Kristin Menson, (225) 382-3512 or yvcteamleader@cauw.org: There is still time to get your teenager involved in volunteer opportunities this summer.

Get those service hours done before the school year even starts. Weeklong volunteer opportunities are offered throughout the summer at different nonprofits around the community. Download an application at http://www.cauw.org/yvc and submit it today.