Volunteer column for May 23, 2014

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

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 Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank needs volunteers to help with their Mobile Pantries on June 7 and June 21.

Volunteer via email by sending your availability, email address and names of others who would like to volunteer.

MENTORS NEEDED, Catholic Charities Heart 2 Heart Youth Mentoring Program — Lauren Nyman (225) 336-8700, ext. 405 or lnyman@ccdiobr.org: Catholic Charities seeks loving, dedicated mentors for children ages 9-17. Mentors meet 8 hours a month for one year to build a caring relationship with a youth and help them reach their goals.

HORSEMANSHIP SERVICE OPPORTUNITY, GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship, Shelley Rose, (225) 766-1614 or email Info@Gaitway.org: GaitWay is looking for volunteers to walk with a rider and/or lead horses during a riding session. No horse experience is necessary. Volunteer training will take place on June 4 and June 7 at two sites in Port Allen and in Baton Rouge.

ADVANCE THE COMMON GOOD, Capital Area United Way — Wendy Abboud (225) 346-5804 or email progaminvestment@cauw.org: Capital Area United Way is working through a long-term vision for the organization. Be a part of the process by participating in upcoming Community Discussions that will be hosted in all 10 parishes of its service area.

The purpose of the conversations will be to help determine needs within the communities and how they can be addressed.

BIG BUDDY MENTORSHIP, Big Buddy Program — Laurie Hardison at (225) 388-9737 or visit bigbuddyprogram.org: The Big Buddy Program sets up programs that follow children from elementary school through college. Volunteers are a vital resource for these programs and service.

Volunteers can work with youth during after school/summer programs or with staff at various agency events. Volunteer opportunities can also include becoming a one-to-one mentor for youth enrolled in the program.