“Volunteer” column for Aug. 11, 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.

EVERY STEP MAKES A DIFFERENCE, Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation — Lorri Burgess, (225) 346-8434: Volunteer for the Sickle Cell Community Walk/Run on Saturday. The 1-mile and 5K courses will begin and end at the North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge.

Help is needed in various roles — helping participants at registration, handing out water on the course, serving post-race refreshments and more. If interested, contact Burgess or visit brscaf.org/walkrun.

ZOOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo — Connie Riddle, (225) 775-3877, ext. 250: On Aug. 24, runners will take off on a 5K course around BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo running past the lions, tigers, bears and more.

Help will be needed to greet runners, staff the course, and assist with the events afterward.

To volunteer, fill out an “event volunteer” form at brzoo.org. Shifts will run from 6:30 a.m. to around 9:30 a.m. Call Riddle with any questions.

EMPOWER LOUISIANA’S SENIORS TO PREVENT MEDICARE FRAUD, Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol — Sunny Lawless, (225) 248-7077: Volunteers are needed to help share important Medicare fraud prevention information with seniors in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes.

The next volunteer training will be Sept. 4 in Baton Rouge. Registration is required. Contact Lawless or visit stopmedicarefraudla.org for more information.

HEART 2 HEART, Catholic Charities — Kayla Moscona, (225) 336-8700, ext. 404: Mentors are needed for Catholic Charities’ Heart 2 Heart youth mentoring program. All that’s necessary are a drive and compassion to change someone’s life, and a few hours a month. Call Moscona to get started.

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 encouraging and supportive adults to serve as positive role models for youth in the community through Club Inspire.

Volunteers will 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.

Volunteers will be 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.