Volunteer column for Aug. 29, 2014

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column every Friday. To learn more about these opportunities please contact the listed agency directly.

EVERYBODY READS, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) — Tony Pryer (225) 226-4703 or everybodyreads@ebrschools.org: VIPS is seeking volunteers for the upcoming school year. Each year, over 1,600 Pre-K-2nd 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, and is asked to meet one-on-one for 30-45 minutes with his/her student on a consistent basis throughout the school year.

ACTIVITY VOLUNTEERS, Jefferson Manor — LaQuan Harvey (225) 293-1434. Volunteers are needed at Jefferson Manor nursing home to help with activities and interact with the residents of the nursing home.

Volunteering opportunities include participating in crafts, bingo, and other activities. Please contact LaQuan for more information.

YOUTH TUTORING PROGAM, Gardere Initiative — Adam (225) 803-9616 or gardereintiative@gmail.com. This fall the Gardere Initative is seeking to grow its youth tutoring program specifically to cater towards some of the issues that will be coming with the Common Core Educational developments. The program is specifically seeking volunteer tutors and individuals who can help students with career planning.

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 GBR Food Bank is in need of 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 other individuals in your family or organization who would like to volunteer.

BIG BUDDY MENTORSHIP, Big Buddy Program — Laurie Hardison at (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. Volunteers are a vital resource for these programs and service.

The program has various opportunities available for us to continue to impact the community. Volunteers can work with our youth during after school/summer programs or with our staff at various agency events. Volunteer opportunities can also include becoming a one-to-one mentor for youth enrolled in our program.