Volunteer column for Jan. 24, 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. .

WORK WITH LOW LITERACY SENIORS TO UNDERSTAND MEDICARE, Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol, Sunny Lawless — (225) 248-7077: Previous experience in adult literacy programs essential. Visit stopmedicarefraudla.org for more information.

HEART 2 HEART, Catholic Charities — Kayla Moscona (225) 336-8700 ext. 404: Do you have the drive and compassion to change someone’s life? If so, join Catholic Charities Heart 2 Heart youth mentoring program. In just a few hours a month, you can help create a remarkable lifetime of hope and promise.

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 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are also needed to help stock large food deliveries, harvest fresh produce from the community gardens and organize food drives.

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

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