Volunteer column for June 27, 2014

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

ADVANCE THE COMMON GOOD, Capital Area United Way — Wendy Abboud, (225) 346-5804 or email CommunityConversations@CAUW.org: Capital Area United Way is working through a long term vision for the organization. Become part of the process by participating in upcoming Community Discussions to be held in all 10 parishes of its service area. The purpose of these conversations will be to help determine needs in the communities and how they can addressed.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Cancer Services of Baton Rouge — Brian Hannah (225) 927-2273: Various volunteer opportunities are 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.

VOICES FOR CHILDREN, Capital Area CASA — Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598 or email volunteer@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.org for 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.

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. 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 in the program.