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

MALE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Capital Area CASA — Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598: Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association, a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains community volunteers who speak up for abused and neglected children, needs more volunteers, especially men, to help these children reach safe, permanent homes. No special experience is required. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old. The first step is to attend a brief orientation at the CASA office. Call, email volunteer@casabr.org or visit casabr.org for details.

DIRECT CARE, The Hospice of Baton Rouge — Evelyn Ramirez, (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 and provide someone to talk with.

STAR ADVOCATES, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) — Laneceya Russ, (225) 615-7093 or advocacy@brstar.org: STAR is looking for highly motivated and passionate volunteers interested in working with sexual trauma survivors through a 24/7 hotline and by accompanying survivors to the hospital during the day and night.

CRISIS CHAT COUNSELOR, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center — Haley Shows, (225) 924-1431: Volunteers provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention counseling. Crisis Chat is an online instant messaging program that offers an alternative way for people in crisis to reach out for help. Volunteer counselors will receive extensive training in crisis and suicide intervention.

HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER, Baton Rouge General Hospital — Katherine Neal, (225) 387-7079: In the surgery waiting area, volunteers are needed to greet and check in patients then keep family members informed of progress and any special consults. Volunteers will also escort patients and visitors to different areas of the hospital.