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 through the college application process, including helping seniors secure scholarships and financial aid. Serving as a college mentor is an intense and time-consuming commitment, but can be rewarding and enjoyable. Email your resume and letter of intent (300 words max) to LaShawn Robertson to lashawn@thebryc.org.

HELP A CHILD IN NEED, Capital Area CASA Association — (225) 379-8598, email volunteer@casabr.org or visit casabr.org: Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is a nonprofit that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care to help them reach safe, permanent homes. CASA urgently needs volunteers to continue providing a voice for every child who needs one. No special background required. Volunteers must be 21 years old. The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief orientation at the CASA office. Call, email or visit the website for more details.

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER NEEDS ASSISTANCE, The Emerge Center — (225) 343-4232: The Emerge Center fills the gap in local therapeutic programs and makes sure services are accessible those in our community. As a nonprofit center, its mission is to serve those with limited resources. A compassionate, knowledgeable volunteer is needed to help out with the parent resource center. Hours and duties are flexible.

DIRECT CARE VOLUNTEER, the Hospice of Baton Rouge — (225)767-4673: Make a difference in the lives of hospice patients by helping them to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Direct Patient Care Volunteers provide companionship for patients and respite for their caregivers. Volunteers play cards with patients, read to them or just visit. The Hospice of Baton Rouge volunteers play a vital role in enhancing the quality of care delivered to patients, which can make a tremendous difference during the end-of-life process, and their families.

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. Schedule is flexible and no experience is required. Volunteers will help do regular maintenance of garden and will be able to harvest produce.