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.
SPLASH INTO SUMMER, Arc Baton Rouge — Molly Orr, (225) 927-0855 or email@example.com: Volunteers are needed to help with a nonstructured swim time for children age 3 and older 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 will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. If interested, contact Orr.
STUFF THE BUS, Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) — Hope Dawan, (225) 226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org: It’s time to Stuff the Bus on July 17. VIPS needs help. Individuals, businesses, civic groups and faith organizations in the Baton Rouge community can sign up to volunteer on the VIPS website, vips.ebrschools.org.
School supplies are collected at the Office Depot on College Drive. Last year, more than 120 volunteers collected $62,583 in much-needed school supplies for the 2012-13 school year. To volunteer or for more information, contact Dawan.
BE A MENTOR, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge — Onya Carter, (225) 383-3928: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge is looking for supportive adults to volunteer with Club Inspire. Make a difference and serve as a positive role model for the youth in our community.
Volunteers empower club members to make positive life choices and enable them to maximize their potential as well as assist them in developing and reaching positive academic and personal goals. To facilitate the process, volunteers are asked to maintain regular contact with club members at least once a month for one hour. Training will be provided. For more information, call or visit BeGreatBatonRouge.org.
VOLUNTEER FOR A CAUSE, St. Vincent de Paul — Gail Gaiennie, (225) 383-7837, ext. 207, or email@example.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, painting, organizing in the office and many other opportunities for students who need service hours this summer, (225) 383-7837, ext. 207, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEART 2 HEART, Catholic Charities — Kayla Moscona, (225) 336-8700, ext. 404: Catholic Charities needs Heart 2 Heart youth mentors. All that’s needed are a drive and compassion to change someone’s life, and the commitment of a few hours a month. Call Moscona to get started.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Restoring Hearts Outreach Center — Attlah Burrell and Hazel Knighten, (225) 330-4479 or email@example.com: Restoring Hearts Outreach Center is looking for energetic volunteers for its annual Back to School Community Rally.
The event will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. July 27. A mandatory volunteer meeting will be held at 7 p.m. July 9 at RHOC, 1821 Wooddale Court, Suite 210, Baton Rouge. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in making a positive impact in the community by empowering lives through education and awareness.
Contact Burrell or Knighten for more information.