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

HELPING THE HOMELESS, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless — Dillon Hall, (225) 388-5855 or 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.

SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD, Capital Area CASA — Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598 or email Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association will hold its next volunteer training class beginning Sept. 9. Volunteers, especially men, are needed to help these children reach safe, permanent homes. No special experience is required. Volunteers must be 21 years old. The first step is to attend a brief orientation at the CASA office. Visit for details.

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

EVERYBODY READS, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) — Tony Pryer, (225) 226-4703 or Volunteers are needed for the upcoming school year. Each year, more than 1,600 pre-kindergarten 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.

YOUTH TUTORING PROGAM, Gardere Initiative — Adam, (225) 803-9616 or This fall the Gardere Initative wants 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.