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

JAMBALAYA JAMMIN’, Capital Area United Way — Lauren Robinson, (225) 346-5800 or Volunteers are needed to help out with the 27th annual CAUW Jambalaya Jam, which gathers 49 cooking teams to compete for the best jambalaya on Oct. 9 in the North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge. Help set-up and take-down the day of the event. Volun­­teers receive a ticket to sample jambalaya, drink ticket and Tshirt. Visit to sign up.

HALLOWEEN PARADE, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank — Bonnie Bordelon, (225) 359-9940, ext 207: Volunteers are needed to walk with the food bank truck to collect non-perishable food donations during the Halloween Parade on Saturday, Nov. 1.

EVERYBODY READS, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) – Tony Pryer, (225) 226-4703 or Volunteers are needed for the school year. Each year, over 1,600 pre-K-second-grade students, who could benefit from one-on-one tutoring with a caring adult, are recommended by their teachers to participate in EveryBody Reads. Reading Friend volunteers are recruited, screened and trained by VIPS, and are asked to meet one-on-one for 30-45 minutes with his/her student on a consistent basis throughout the school year.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY, Together Baton Rouge and The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Mobile Food Pantries — Edgar Cage, Volunteers are needed to help with mobile food pantries. The dates vary throughout the year. Contact Rogers to volunteer via email and provide your availability, email address and names of other individuals in your family or organization who would like to volunteer.

ACTIVITY VOLUNTEERS, Jefferson Manor — LaQuan Harvey, (225) 293-1434: Volunteers are needed to help with activities and interact with the residents of the nursing home. Volunteering opportunities include participating in crafts, bingo, and other activities.

MATH FRIENDS, Volunteers in Public School (VIPS) — Kimberly Marcelle, (225) 226-4700: More than 200 children in East Baton Rouge Parish are struggling with basic math concepts. Math Friend volunteers meet one-on-one with a first-, second- or third-grade student for 30-45 minutes weekly using instructive tools from the VIPS Math Bin to help improve a child’s math skills.