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.
HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, Iris Domestic Violence Center — Jessica Beech, (225) 389-3002, firstname.lastname@example.org: The center needs skilled social workers and counselors to volunteer with domestic violence clients.
COMPUTER COACH VOLUNTEER, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge — Cecilia Weigel, (225) 336-8700, ext 404: Become a computer literacy teacher and assist clients in basic computer skills so they can apply for and maintain employment.
Volunteers should be at least 30 years old and have a basic knowledge of job search and computer skills, intermediate or advanced resume building skills and experience in teaching or working with a vulnerable population. Volunteers must pass a background check.
An experience in work release or reentry programs is preferred, but not required. During two-hour sessions, volunteers will help clients develop basic computer skills, assist with resume development and aid clients in job searching. Volunteers will have access to the Lea Building’s computer lab to teach. A commitment of twice a month for a minimum of three months is requested. The program coordinator will be available to answer questions and give ongoing support.
COMMUNITY GARDEN VOLUNTEERS, Mayor Kip Holden’s BR Proud Initiative — Mitchell Provensal, (225) 267-7152: Volunteers are needed to work in a community garden in north Baton Rouge. Flexible schedule and no experience required. Volunteers will help do regular maintenance of garden and harvest produce.
SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCATES, STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response) — Laneceya Russ, (225) 615-7093: STAR is looking for highly motivated and passionate volunteers interested in working with sexual trauma survivors in our community. The small nonprofit organization relies on committed community members to provide support to survivors on our 24/7 hotline and accompany survivors to the hospital day and night. Volunteers apply at the website, brstar.org.
WALK TO DEFEAT ALS PLANNING COMMITTEE, The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter — Jamie Craig, (225) 343-9880. Volunteers are needed for the planning committee, which will assist with all aspects of preparing for the association’s signature event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31, at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge. A variety of roles are available, including logistics, food and beverage, entertainment, sponsorships, volunteer management and more. Meetings will begin in the spring.