Volunteer opportunities, provided by Volunteer! United (formerly Volunteer! Baton Rouge), are outlined in this column every Sunday. To learn more about these opportunities, contact the listed agency directly.
HEALTHY KIDS DAY, YMCA of the Capital Area — Kristen Hogan, (225) 923-0653, ext. 1104, or email@example.com: The YMCA of the Capital Area is celebrating the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 to get kids moving and learning and families living healthier
The event will include fun active play and educational opportunities. Volunteers are needed to help with bounce houses, face painting, the healthy snacks table, obstacle course, registration and more. Contact Hogan for more information.
HELP A CHILD, Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association — Emily Hebert, (225) 379-8598: Capital Area CASA is looking for people to join its next volunteer training course. Community volunteers are needed in order to continue to provide an advocate for every abused child who needs one.
No special experience is required other than a willingness to get involved and to learn. The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief orientation at the CASA office. Call Hebert or visit online at http://www.casabr.org for more information.
STEP BACK IN TIME, Old State Capitol — Susan Vincent, (225) 924-0573 or firstname.lastname@example.org: Make history come alive for visitors at the Old State Capitol by volunteering as a docent. Docents learn about the colorful people and stories of the Old State Capitol, its architecture and its place in Louisiana’s political history and share the knowledge with visitors to the historical building.
Docents also engage visitors and inform them about the exhibits and events held there. Contact Vincent to find out about upcoming training sessions.
FUN RUN VOLUNTEERS, Girls on the Run — Hayley Wren, (713) 822-6940 or email@example.com: Join in the fun and volunteer for the Girls on the Run 5K on May 4 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
The run is open to women, men and children of all ages and is the culminating event of the spring season for Girls on the Run participants. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, to pass out water at the water stations, to cheer on and direct the girls along the course, and to help clean up after the event. For more information, contact Wren.
MAKING LEMONADE, Lemonade Day Louisiana — Stacy Schliewe, (225) 205-7265 or firstname.lastname@example.org: Thousands of area children will be going into business for possibly the first time on May 4, because it’s Lemonade Day in Louisiana.
Volunteers are needed to go out that day to purchase lemonade from the budding entrepreneurs, visit as many stands as possible and also take pictures throughout the day. To learn more, visit http://louisiana.lemonadeday.org/ or contact Schliewe.