Volunteer column for April 4, 2014

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

A CHILD NEEDS YOU, Capital Area CASA — Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598: Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children to help them reach safe, permanent homes.

CASA will hold its next volunteer training class beginning June 10. CASA needs volunteers — especially men — to continue providing an advocate for every child who needs a voice. No special experience is required. Volunteers must be 21 years old. The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief informational session at the CASA office.

DANCING FOR BIG BUDDY, Big Buddy Program — Laurie Hardison, (225) 388-9737 or email lhardison@bigbuddyprogram.org: Big Buddy needs your help to transform LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center into a gala ballroom for the eighth annual Dancing for Big Buddy.

Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, to help set up the event and from 5 p.m. to midnight to help with seating guests, taking tickets, selling programs and then tearing down and packing up everything.

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

Volunteers are needed on race day for various duties including registration, course set up, water stations, awards presentations and clean up. Help is also needed on Friday, May 9, for packet pickups.

TRAUMATIC LOSS OUTREACH, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center — Becky Young, (225) 924-1431: In partnership with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, this program trains volunteers to offer immediate emotional support services following a traumatic death in EBR Parish.

No experience in counseling needed, just care and compassion to help others. For an application visit brcic.org, and click on the “Getting Involved” tab. The next training session will begin in early summer.

VOLUNTEER RECPTIONIST, Catholic Charities — Katie Richard, (225) 336-8700, ext. 404, or email krichard@ccdiobr.org: Catholic Charities needs a volunteer receptionist to answer a multiline switchboard; experience is preferred. Volunteer must be 21 or older and pass a background check. Morning and afternoon shifts are available Monday through Friday.