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.
HELP THE FOUNDATION, Rocketkidz Foundation — Susan Hayden, firstname.lastname@example.org: Come out and volunteer for the Rocketkidz Foundation during the last weekend of July. It’s a big race weekend with two races. Lots of volunteers are needed. Work at a water station, cheer along the race course, welcome racers to the finish line or one of many other tasks. Rocketchix takes place on Saturday and Rocketkidz on July 28. Join in the fun and help Louisiana be a healthier place to live, work and play. Register to volunteer at http://rocketkidz.org/.
OPPORTUNITY FOR ANIMAL LOVERS, Companion Animal Alliance — Cathy Coates, (225) 774-7701: Volunteers are needed at the East Baton Rouge shelter to walk dogs, socialize cats, transport animals, answer the phones, enter data and more. For more information, visit caabr.org. While there click on “I Want To Help” then “Volunteer” to fill out the volunteer application online.
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.
STEP BACK IN TIME, Old State Capitol — Susan Vincent, (225) 924-0573 or email@example.com: Make history come alive for visitors at the Old State Capitol by volunteering as a docent.
Docents learn about the colorful people and stories of the Capitol, its architecture and its place in Louisiana’s political history and share this knowledge with visitors to the historical building. They also engage visitors and inform them about the exhibits and events held there. Contact Vincent to find out about upcoming training sessions.
LOOKING FOR A REWARDING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE? GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship — Shelly Rose, (225) 766-1614 or firstname.lastname@example.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 how to become a volunteer, contact Rose.