“Volunteer” column for Sept. 10, 2013

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Volunteer! United (formerly Volunteer! Baton Rouge), are outlined in this column every week. To learn more about these opportunities, contact the listed agency directly.

VOLUNTEER IN THE OUTDOORS, Trees and Trails at Burden Center — Pamela Rupert, (225) 763-3990 or email TnTDocents@gmail.com: Trees and Trails at Burden Center, sponsored by Burden Horticulture Society and LSU AgCenter’s Botanic Gardens, is looking for additional volunteers to help lead or guide students through their outdoor environmental programs. Fun, interactive activities for grades K through second and third through seventh are conducted from mid-September through mid-November, teaching students about the value of nature. Volunteers select the days that work best with their schedules. For more information, come to an orientation and overview from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Burden Conference Center, I-10 at Essen Lane. More in-depth training will be after lunch for those interested in participating. Lunch will be provided. Contact Rupert to sign up. For more information on Trees and Trails, visit http://www.treesandtrails.com.

CELEBRATE LOCAL HEROES, Capital Area United Way — Kristin Menson, (225) 383-2643 or info@cauw.org: Join with BASF and Capital Area United Way and celebrate your local heroes in honor of 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance by writing notes of appreciation, making and delivering banners, or helping to send out care packages. There will be volunteer opportunities for individuals and families of all ages. If interested in participating in the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, visit http://cauw.org/9-11 or call (225) 383-2643 for more information.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE, Capital Area United Way — Jillian Sergio, (225) 382-3507 or JillianS@cauw.org: CAUW is seeking Volunteer Income Tax Assistance volunteers for the 2014 tax season. Last year, VITA volunteers helped the community save an estimated $677,850 on tax preparation fees. VITA helpers will receive IRS training in October and November to provide free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income families who need assistance with their tax returns. For more information, visit CAUW.org/taxprep or contact Sergio.

LOOKING FOR A REWARDING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE? Gait Way Therapeutic Horsemanship — Shelly Rose, (225) 766-1614 or info@gaitway.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 becoming a volunteer, contact Rose.

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. Contact Lawless or visit stopmedicarefraudla.org for more information.