Volunteer column for March 28, 2014

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

CRAWFISH COOK-OFF, Big Buddy Program and Junior Achievement of Baton Rouge — Laurie Hardison, (225) 388-9737 or email lhardison@bigbuddyprogram.org: The Crawfish King Cook-off will be held on Friday, May 2, in downtown Baton Rouge. The huge crawfish boil will require volunteer help with setup, crowd direction, keeping the area clean, assisting “boilers,” selling tickets, tear down/cleanup and so much more.

EMERALD FESTIVAL, Redemptorist High School — Daniel Jewett, (618) 218-2405 or email djewett@rhsbr.org: RHS is seeking volunteers for the Emerald Festival that will be held on Saturday, April 26, at the school. Volunteers are needed throughout the day for setup, take down, 5K run/walk, Bingo, food booths, hospitality and parking.

DANCING FOR BIG BUDDY, Big Buddy Program — Laurie Hardison, (225) 388-9737 or email lhardison@bigbuddyprogram.org: Big Buddy needs help to transform the Pete Maravich Assembly Center into a gala ballroom for the 8th Annual Dancing for Big Buddy on Saturday, April 26. Help is needed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help set up for the event and from 5 p.m. to midnight to assist with seating guests, taking tickets, selling programs and tearing down and packing up afterward.

SPRING 5K VOLUNTEERS, Girls on the Run — Samantha Rebowe, samantha@girlsontherungbr.org: The Girls on the Run Spring 2014 5K will be held Saturday, May 10, at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Volunteers are needed for registration, course setup, water stations, distributing awards and cleanup. Help is also needed on Friday, May 9, for packet pickups.

CRISIS CHAT LINE, The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center — (225) 924-1431 or volunteer@brcic.org: The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center is looking for volunteer crisis counselors for THE PHONE and Crisis Chat. The PHONE is a 24-hour crisis telephone line that serves the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.

Crisis Chat is an online instant messaging program that offers an alternative way for people in crisis to reach out for help. Volunteer counselors for both programs will receive extensive training in crisis and suicide intervention. The next training begins in early June. To receive a volunteer application, email or visit brcic.org, click on the “Getting Involved” tab for an application and more information.