Volunteer column for May 30, 2014

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

CASA VOICES, Child Advocacy Center (CASA) — Connie Stein, (800) 798-7575 or cstein@childadv.net: Currently, 96 children in Livingston Parish are waiting for someone to be their voice. The CASA program in Livingston Parish needs volunteers to be the voice for children in the community who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect. The next CASA volunteer training for Livingston Parish starts in June.

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.

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.

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. You can be a part of the process by participating in upcoming Community Discussions that will be hosted in all 10 parishes of CAUW’s service area. The purpose is to determine the needs of communities and how they can be addressed to create a lasting impact.

BIG BUDDY MENTORSHIP, Big Buddy Program — Laurie Hardison, (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. The program has various opportunities available. Volunteers can work with youngsters during after school/summer programs or with staff at various agency events or as a one-to-one mentor for youth enrolled in our program.