Volunteers column for Sept. 27, 2013

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column. To learn more about them contact the listed agency directly.

LEND A HAND, The Shepherd’s Market — Theresa Sandifer (225) 337-1306, shepherdsmarket@gmail.com: The Shepherd’s Market, a client-choice food pantry in south Baton Rouge, is looking for volunteers. There are three shifts available for volunteers to help on pantry days: Mondays from 4-7:30 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are also needed to help stock large food deliveries, harvest fresh produce from the community garden and organize food drives. Spanish-speaking volunteers that can provide translation services are especially welcome.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE, Capital Area United Way — Jillian Sergio (225) 382-3507, JillianS@cauw.org or CAUW.org/taxprep: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance volunteers are needed for the 2014 tax season. Last year VITA volunteers helped our community save an estimated $677,850 on tax preparation fees. VITA volunteers 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.

OPPORTUNITY FOR ANIMAL LOVERS, Companion Animal Alliance -- Cathy Coates (225)774-7701, caabr.org: Volunteers are needed at the East Baton Rouge shelter to walk dogs, socialize cats, transport animals, answer the phones, enter data and more. At the website, click on “I Want To Help” then “Volunteer” to fill out the volunteer application online.

JA MOBILE FINANCE PARK, Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge — Paula Bradley (225) 928-7008 or pbradley@jabatonrouge.com, jabatonrouge.com: JA Finance Park helps middle school students understand personal financial decision-making through an experiential, real-life simulation.

Volunteers are needed to guide the students through the process by spending a day at Finance Park, during the Oct. 1 through Nov. 6 event.