Volunteer column for July 25, 2014

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

FOOD PICKUP VOLUNTEERS, Happi Llandiers — Helen Whitfield and Peggy Casanova, (225) 635-2301: Volunteers are needed to help pick up food from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on the third Tuesday of the month and deliver to the Happi Llandiers’ St. Francisville location. This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity.

EVERYBODY READS, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) — Tony Pryer, (225) 226-4703 or everybodyreads@ebrschools.org: Volunteers are needed for the upcoming school year. Each year, over 1,600 pre-K through second-grade students, who could benefit from one-on-one tutoring with a caring adult, are recommended by their teachers to participate in EveryBody Reads. Reading Friend volunteers are recruited, screened and trained by VIPS. Volunteers are asked to meet one-on-one for 30-45 minutes with his/her student on a consistent basis throughout the school year.

REBUILDING BATON ROUGE, Rebuilding Together — Chris Andrews, (225) 358-7200 or director@rebuildingtogetherbatonrouge.org: Volunteers are needed to assist with neighborhood projects, including rebuilding and repairing homes for the elderly and the disabled. Individuals and groups are needed.

BREC VOLUNTEERS, BREC Parks and Recreation — Monica Dugas, volunteer@brec.org: Volunteer opportunities available for people of all ages and abilities. Opportunities include beautification projects, athletics, summer camps and assistance with community, social and special events. Group and individuals can volunteer.

YOUTH TUTORING PROGAM, Gardere Initiative — Adam, (225) 803-9616 or gardereintiative@gmail.com: This fall, the Gardere Initative is planning to grow its youth tutoring program, specifically to cater to some of the issues that will be coming with the Common Core educational developments.

Tutors and individuals who can help students with career planning are needed.

HELPING THE HOMELESS, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless — Dillion Hall, (225) 388-5855 or dhall@homelessinbr.org: Volunteers are needed to assist the center in working with the homeless. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.