Volunteer column for Dec. 6, 2013

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, contact the listed agency directly.

JOIN THE FUN, Girls on the Run — Samantha Rebowe at samantha@girlsontherungbr.org: Volunteer for the Girls on the Run 5K, which will be held Dec. 14 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The run is the culminating event of the season in which girls learn life skills through group processing, running games and workouts.

Volunteers are needed to help to set up, pass out water, cheer on and direct the girls along the course and to help clean up afterward.

COME TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS, Catholic Charities — Kayla Moscona at (225)336-8700 ext. 404 or kmoscona@ccdiobr.org: The Catholic Charities Community Comes Together for Christmas program connects donors, volunteers and families in need to help make the holidays joyous for all.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11-14 and Dec. 16-18 to help keep Santa’s workshop running smoothly — receiving, wrapping and distributing thousands of Christmas gifts.

HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Salvation Army — La Guardia Collins at (225) 355-4483: Volunteers are needed to help with holiday gift distribution and bell ringing. Some 2,500 individuals with receive toys, shoes, clothing and food boxes through the holiday gift distribution.

Volunteers will be needed until Dec. 20 at the distribution site in Cortana Mall.

In addition, groups are also needed to ring bells through Christmas Eve.

ADVANCE THE COMMON GOOD, Capital Area United Way — Wendy Abboud at (225)346-5804 or wendya@cauw.org: Community Investment Volunteers make lasting change in the Capital Area by evaluating the programs of Capital Area United Way Community Partner Agencies, determining how United Way dollars are invested and working to discover how to meet immediate needs as well as make long-term changes in the lives of individuals. Capital Area United Way is working through a long-term vision for the organization and what this means for the community. Become a part of the process as a program investment volunteer and/or as a participant in upcoming community conversations next year.

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 p.m. to 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 to organize food drives.

Spanish-speaking volunteers that can provide translation services for clients are especially welcome.