Volunteer column for June 20, 2014

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

BANANA BOOT CAMP, Hope Ministries — Kelli Rogers, (225) 355-0702 or email volunteer@hopebr.org: Give Hope Ministries two hours and they will give you a workout. Help unload Hope Ministries’ weekly delivery from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and help ensure those in need have enough food. Unloading occurs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday at Hope Ministries, 4643 Winbourne Ave. Baton Rouge.

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. Campaign Ambassadors volunteer with CAUW to support workforce fundraising campaigns in the 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.

VOICES FOR CHILDREN, Capital Area CASA — Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598 or email volutneer@casabr.org: Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association, a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains community volunteers who speak up for abused and neglected children, will hold its next volunteer training class beginning Sept. 9. CASA needs more volunteers to help these children reach safe, permanent homes. No special experience is required. Volunteers must be 21 years old. The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief orientation at the CASA office. Visit casabr.orgfor details.

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 youngsters ages 9-17. Mentors meet eight hours per month for one year to build a caring relationship with a youth and help them reach their goals.

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-K students build strong reading skills. Pre-K Reading Friends introduce students to advanced language, allows 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.