Volunteer column for April 25, 2014

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

CAMPAIGN AMBASSADOR, Capital Area United Way — Sarah Causey, (225) 382-3388 or email sarahc@cauw.org: Capital Area United Way’s Campaign Ambassadors Program allows employees to build on their professional skills while giving back to the community.

Ambassadors volunteer to support workforce fundraising campaigns in the United Way 10-parish area. The program runs from Aug. 1 to Nov. 21 with most volunteers giving a total of 60-80 hours over the four-month period.

SPRING 5-K VOLUNTEERS, Girls on the Run ­— Samantha Rebowe, samantha@girlsontherungbr.org: The Girls on the Run Spring 5-K will be held on Saturday, May 10 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Perkins Road. Volunteers are needed on race day including registration, course set up, water stations, distributing awards and clean up. 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 needs volunteer crisis counselors for THE PHONE and Crisis Chat. The PHONE is a 24-hour crisis telephone line that serves 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 begins 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.

BUILD A STRONG READER, Volunteers In Public Schools — Hope Dawan (225) 226-4702 or vips.ebrschools.org: VIPS needs volunteers for Building Blocks, a program dedicated to helping pre-kindergarten students build strong reading skills.

Pre-K Reading Friends introduces students to advanced language, allows a student to hear and retell stories, and build a lifetime of reading pleasure. Volunteers are trained and screened by VIPS and matched one-on-one with a student at Delmont Pre-K/K Center. Visits are for 30-45 minutes once a 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 department with flexible hours.