Volunteer column for April 18, 2014

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

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, and 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 will begin in early June. For more information or to receive a volunteer application, email volunteer@brcic.org or visit brcic.org, click on the “Getting Involved” tab for an application and more information.

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 the event and from 5 p.m. to midnight to help with seating guests, taking tickets, selling program and tearing down and packing up.

BUILD A STRONG READER, Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS)- Hope Dawan (225) 226-4702 or vips.ebrschools.org: VIPS seeks volunteers for Building Blocks, a program dedicated to helping pre-kindergarten 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. Volunteers are matched one-on-one with a Pre-K student at Delmont Pre-K/K Center and visit for 30-45 minutes once per week.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Cancer Services of Baton Rouge — Brian Hannah (225) 927-2273: Various volunteer opportunities available, including bookkeeper with flexible hours, reception desk volunteer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in four-hour increments and marketing with flexible hours.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY, Together Baton Rouge and The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Mobile Food Pantries — Edgar Cage, edgarcage@att.net: Together Baton Rouge in conjunction with the GBR Food Bank are in need of volunteers to help with their Mobile Pantries on May 24, June 7 and June 21.

Call to to volunteer via email and provide your availability, email address and names of other individuals in your family or organization who would like to volunteer.