Volunteer column for Jan. 31, 2014

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Ochsner Health System — La Marylis Newman (225) 755-4986: Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge, at I-12 and O’Neal on Medical Center Drive, has volunteer opportunities in Surgery Waiting, Front Information Desk and Patient Surveys. Clerical and Greeter Volunteers are needed at: Ochsner Clinic - Summa and Picardy (near Mall of Louisiana), Baton Rouge; Ochsner Clinic - Jefferson Highway (near Essen Lane), Baton Rouge; and Plaza I - Medical Center Drive, next to the hospital, Baton Rouge. For more information, call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

KIDLINE VOLUNTEER, Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Louisiana — Dr.Shannon Hanaki, (225) 925 9520 or Shannon@pcal.org: KIDLINE, 1-800-CHILDREN, is an anonymous, confidential, toll-free telephone line that offers crisis intervention, information on child maltreatment, parenting help and referrals to community resources. KIDLINE serves the families of Louisiana seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers are trained to provide support to callers who are in crisis, stressed or who simply need parenting support and referrals to community-based services.

Volunteers must be at least 18, pass a criminal background check and volunteer 12 hours per month for a minimum of six months.

HELP PICK UP DONATIONS, St. Vincent de Paul — Gail Gaiennie, (225) 383.7837, ext 207: St. Vincent DePaul needs two or three people with a truck or SUV to volunteer for two hours in the mornings to pick up food and produce at local groceries and markets and bring to the campus.

ONE BLOCK AT A TIME, Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) — Hope Dawan at (225) 226-4702 or hdawan@ebrschools.org: Volunteers In Public Schools seeks volunteers for Building Blocks, a program dedicated to helping pre-K students build strong reading skills. Studies show that early literacy leads to academic success.

Pre-K Reading Friends introduce students to advanced language, allow students to hear and retell stories and build a lifetime of reading pleasure. Reading Friends are recruited, trained and screened by VIPS. For more information or to register for a training, visit http://vips.ebrschools.org/.