Volunteer column for Aug. 15, 2014

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

ACTIVITY VOLUNTEERS, Jefferson Manor — LaQuan Harvey, (225) 293-1434: Volunteers are needed to help with activities and interact with the residents of the nursing home. Volunteering opportunities include participating in crafts, bingo, and other activities.

HELPING THE HOMELESS, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless — Dillon Hall, (225) 388-5855 or dhall@homelessinbr.org: Volunteers are needed to assist with the center’s work with homeless citizens. Volunteer opportunities are available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

BIG BUDDY MENTORSHIP, Big Buddy Program — Laurie Hardison, (225) 388-9737 or bigbuddyprogram.org: Big Buddy 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 or summer programs or with our staff at various agency events. Volunteer also can become a mentor for youth in the program.

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 needs volunteers to help with their Mobile Pantries, the dates of which vary throughout the year. To volunteer via email, provide your availability, email address and names of other individuals in your family or organization who would like to volunteer.

MATH FRIENDS, Volunteers in Public School (VIPS) — Kimberly Marcelle, (225) 226-4700: More than 200 children in East Baton Rouge Parish are struggling with basic math concepts. VIPS Math Friends are volunteers who meet one-on-one with a first-, second- or third-grade student for 30-45 minutes weekly using instructive tools from the VIPS Math Bin to help improve a child’s math skills.