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 or visit CAUW.org to sign up online.
BECOME A COLLEGE MENTOR, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition — LaShawn Robertson, (225) 456-5752: The program pairs each Senior Fellow with one, and in some cases two, college mentors, who provide intensive guidance and support to their Fellows through the entire college application process, including helping secure scholarships and financial aid.
Serving as a college mentor is an intense and time-consuming commitment but can be highly rewarding and enjoyable. Email your resume and letter of intent (300 words max) to Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, American Red Cross — Cynthia Mabry, (225) 456-5501 or email Cynthia.email@example.com: Volunteers are need to help in disasters or crisis. The first step is to learn more about the Red Cross by volunteering.
TRAUMATIC LOSS OUTREACH, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center — Becky Young, (225) 924-1431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org: The program provides trained teams of volunteers to offer support and assistance to family and friends traumatized by an unexpected death. This outreach assists the bereaved with immediate emotional support as they begin the early navigation of the grief pathway. It also helps to link them to local agencies providing extended care. Interested individuals are encouraged to fill out an application at brcic.org.
COMMUNITY WALK/RUN FOR SICKLE CELL ANEMIA, the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation — Lorri Burgess, (225) 346-8434 or email email@example.com: The foundation is holding its annual one-mile fun walk and 5K run promoting awareness and advocacy of sickle cell disease. Volunteers are needed to be teams leaders and to work with logistics.
CLUB INSPIRE, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge — Onya Carter, (225) 454-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org: Club Inspire Mentors are matched with a Boy & Girls Club member and commit to meet with them at least one time per month for an hour. Mentors meet with club members at the school or club site at a time convenient for the mentor.
Mentors are not asked to provide transportation to off-site experiences or field trips planned by the club. These are optional activities designed as a fun enhancement to the relationship.