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

COMMUNITY GARDEN, Mayor Kip Holden’s BR Proud Initiative — Mitchell Provensal, (225) 267-7152: Weekly volunteers are needed to help maintain community gardens in Northdale, Melrose, Scotlandville and north Baton Rouge. Scheduling is flexible. No experience is required. Volunteers will do maintenance and harvest produce.

VITA VOLUNTEER TRAINING, Capital Area United Way — Jillian Sergio, (225) 382-3507 or The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program helps low-to-moderate income families by providing free tax preparation assistance. VITA saves the cost of tax preparation and helps them claim eligible tax credits. CAUW offers free training.

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 in the Baton Rouge area. Opportunities are available seven days a week.

STAR ADVOCATES, STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response) — Laneceya Russ, (225) 615-7093 or Highly motivated and passionate women and men interested in working with sexual trauma survivors in the community are needed to provide support to survivors on a 24/7 hotline and accompany survivors to the hospital day and night.