Volunteer column for Jan. 17, 2014

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

ADVANCE THE COMMON GOOD, Capital Area United Way — Wendy Abboud, (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 collectively 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.

Become a part of the process as a Program Investment Volunteer and/or as a participant in an upcoming community conversation in the coming months.

JOIN THE KREWE, Louisiana Marathon — Eric Engemann at volunteer@thelouisianamarathon.com: The 2014 Louisiana Marathon needs nearly 1,000 volunteers for important roles throughout Marathon weekend, Jan. 16-19, for before, during and after each race.

Race Krewe members receive a Louisiana Marathon Race Krewe T-shirt and specials for future events, such as race registrations, clinics, event dinners, etc.

For more information or to volunteer, visit the volunteer registration page http://thelouisianamarathonvolunteers.eventbrite.com.

MAKE IT A DAY ON, Baton Rouge Delta Development Corp.: Join with several organizations on Jan. 20, the observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to provide a day of service, including physical service projects in the morning and a resource fair in the afternoon in the 70807 zip code.

Volunteer activities will include painting, litter pickup, landscaping, minor repairs and room organization at local elementary, middle and high schools. Register at http://tinyurl.com/mlkday14.

LOOKING FOR A REWARDING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE? GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship — Shelly Rose (225) 766-1614 or info@gaitway.org: GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship is 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.

A comprehensive training program will be provided for all interested parties. Previous experience with horses is not necessary.

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 volunteer with Club Inspire.

Make a difference and serve as a positive role model for the youth in our community. Volunteers will empower Club members to make positive life choices and enable them to maximize their potential as well as assist Club members in developing and reaching positive academic and personal goals.

To facilitate this process, 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 visit http://BeGreatBatonRouge.org/.