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

HOST A BIRTHDAY PARTY, Volunteers of America — Greta Patterson, (225) 408-3781: Make someone feel special by engaging with the residents of our senior facility for a birthday or bingo party.

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, saving individuals and families the cost of tax preparation and helping them claim all the tax credits for which they are eligible. CAUW offers free training on Tax Prep for volunteers.

SANTA’S HELPER, BREC — Monica Dugas, (225) 272-9200, ext. 446: Santa will be visiting local BREC parks on Dec. 19-20 and needs volunteers to help with holiday games, crafts and marshmallow roasting.

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. Volunteer opportunities are available seven days a week.

SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD, Capital Area CASA — Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598 or or visit Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association will hold its next volunteer orientation Dec. 16. CASA needs volunteers, especially more men, to help these children reach safe, permanent homes. No special experience is required. Volunteers must be 21 years old. The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief orientation at the CASA office.