Volunteer column for May 2, 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.

TRAUMATIC LOSS OUTREACH, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center — Becky Young, (225) 924-1431: In partnership with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, the Traumatic Loss Outreach program consists of teams of trained volunteers who offer immediate emotional support services following a traumatic death in EBR parish. No experience in counseling is needed, just care and compassion to help others. To volunteer visit brcic.org, for an application under “Getting Involved” tab. The next training will begin in early summer.

BANANA BOX BOOT CAMP, Hope Ministries – Kelli Rogers (225) 355-0702 or volunteer@hopebr.org: Help unload Hope Ministries’ weekly delivery from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and you’ll get a work out and help ensure your neighbors in need have enough food to provide nutritious meals for their families. Unloading occurs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday at Hope Ministries, 4643 Winbourne Ave.

BUILD A STRONG READER, Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) — 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.

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 June 7 and June 21. Contact Rogers through email and provide your availability, email address and names of other individuals who would like to volunteer.