Volunteer column for April 11, 2014

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column. To learn more about these opportunities please 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 Friday, May 2, in downtown Baton Rouge. Lots of volunteer help is needed with set-up, crowd direction, cleaning up, assisting cooks, selling tickets and so much more.

EMERALD FESTIVAL, Redemptorist High School – Daniel Jewett, (618) 218-2405 or email djewett@rhsbr.org: RHS needs volunteers for the Emerald Festival on Saturday, April 26, at the school. Volunteers are needed throughout the day for setup, takedown after the event, 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 PMAC into a gala ballroom for the 8th Annual Dancing for Big Buddy. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, to help set up for the event and from 5 p.m. to midnight to help with seating guests, taking tickets, selling program and 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 May 10 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Volunteers are needed on race day for registration, course set up, water stations, awards distribution 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 consists of teams of trained volunteers who offer immediate emotional support services following a traumatic death in EBR parish. No experience in counseling needed, just care and compassion to help others. To volunteer, visit brcic.org for an application under “Getting Involved” tab. Next TLO training will begin in early summer.

BANANA BOX BOOT CAMP, Hope Ministries — Kelli Rogers (225) 355-0702 or volunteer@hopebr.org: Give us two hours, we’ll give you a workout. Come help unload Hope Ministries’ weekly delivery from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and help ensure others in need have enough food. Unloading is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday at Hope Ministries, 4643 Winbourne Ave.