Community news for April 19, 2016: Manship students win event; Pointe Coupee Hospice honors volunteers _lowres

Photo provided by EILEEN KENNEDY -- AARP -- Attorney Kristina Shapiro spoke to AARP Mid-Town LA Chapter 5433 on estate planning April 7 at the Baton Rouge General Mid-City Senior Wellness Center. Shown are, from left, Eileen Kennedy, president; William White, vice president; Bertha White, corresponding secretary; Shapiro; Carolyn Malbrue, health chair; Lois Holloway, financial secretary; and Rose Betz, recording secretary.

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 to sign up online.

HAIRSTYLIST, St. Joseph Hospice — (225) 769-4810: A hairstylist is needed to volunteer on an as-needed basis to cut hair for our home patients. Contact Elizabeth at

MELROSE COMMUNITY GARDEN, Mayor Kip Holden’s BR Proud Initiative — (225) 389-3100: Volunteers are needed to help maintain a community garden in Melrose. Tasks include harvesting, weeding, planting, tilling, fertilizing, watering, etc. Fresh produce is available to volunteers.

CASA VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, Capital Area CASA Association — (225) 379-8598: Find out how you can become a voice for an abused neglected child while he or she awaits a safe and permanent home during this 45-minute informational session. Volunteer orientation is from 1-1:45 p.m. April 26. Must be 21 or older.

ENGLISH TEACHER (ESL) FOR REFUGEES, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge — (225) 336-8700: Volunteers who are well-spoken and enthusiastic are needed to assist in teaching English to new refugees. Knowledge of a foreign language is preferred, but not required as all classes are taught in English. Lesson plans are provided by the support staff, but teachers are encouraged to personalize them to meet their individual styles and the needs of the refugees. Classes are during normal office hours. It’s desirable for someone to make at least a 3-month commitment to teaching at least once a week. Must be 21 or older.

LIBRARY HELPER, Volunteers in Public Schools – (225) 226-4700: Volunteers are needed to help organize library materials, label and shelve books. Must be 18 or older.