Volunteer column for July 4, 2014

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

BANANA BOX BOOT CAMP, Hope Ministries — Kelli Rogers, (225) 355-0702 or volunteer@hopebr.org: Give us two hours, we’ll give you a workout. Help Hope Ministries unload its weekly delivery from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. every Thursday at Hope Ministries, 4643 Winbourne Ave., Baton Rouge.

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.

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, allow a student 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.

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 need volunteers to help with their Mobile Pantries. The dates vary throughout the year. Contact Rogers to volunteer via email and provide your availability, email address and names of others who would like to volunteer.

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 all the way through college, and volunteers are a vital to their success. Volunteers can work with youth during after school/summer programs or with the staff at various agency events. Volunteer opportunities can also include becoming a one-to-one mentor for youth in the program.