Volunteer for June 16, 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.

UNITED WAY DAY OF ACTION, Capital Area United Way — Kristin Menson, (225) 382-2643 or kristinm@cauw.org: Capital Area United Way will host United Way Day of Action on Friday at Istrouma High School. The event is a way to engage volunteers in meaningful ways to support the United Way’s focus areas of education, income and health, all with the goal of connecting people in the community with the resources to attain a better quality of life. Volunteers will be needed in various capacities from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on how you can get involved, visit http://www.cauw.org/dayofaction.

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. If interested, contact Cage.

VOLUNTEER FOR A CAUSE, St. Vincent de Paul — Gail Gaiennie, (225) 383-7837, ext 207, or gailg@svdpbr.com: St. Vincent de Paul needs help. Opportunities include working in the office of the pharmacy from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, (225) 383-7450; reading stories or telling life stories to homeless children in the Sweet Dreams Day Shelter for Women & Children, (225) 383.7837, ext. 207; and cleaning, planting and many other opportunities for students who need service hours this summer, (225) 383-7837, ext. 207, or email gailg@svdpbr.com .

SPLASH INTO SUMMER, Arc Baton Rouge — Molly Orr, (225) 927-0855 or morr@arcbatonrouge.org: Volunteers are needed to help with a nonstructured swim time for children age 3 and over and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers help participants learn basic water safety, basic swim skills, socialization skills and play games. The program takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 8-19 at the LSU Rec Center. A mandatory training session will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 5. If interested, contact Orr via phone or email.

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 Baton Rouge clinics: Ochsner Clinic - Summa and Picardy (near Mall of Louisiana); Ochsner Clinic - Jefferson Highway (near Essen Lane); and Plaza I - Medical Center Drive, first building on the left next to the hospital. For more information, call Newman from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.