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

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.

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.

SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD, Capital Area CASA – Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598: Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association needs volunteers, especially 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. Email or visit for details.

FOOD PICKUP VOLUNTEERS, Happi Llandiers — Helen Whitfield and Peggy Casanova, (225) 635–2301: Volunteers are needed to help the organization pick up food from the food bank on the third Tuesday of the month and deliver it to their St. Francisville location. This is an ongoing opportunity.

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.