Volunteer Ascension is looking for residents willing to lend a hand at several upcoming events and programs.

Available volunteer opportunities include:

ASCENSION RECREATION SENIOR SOCK HOP: Dance held the last Friday of each month at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s Ascension gym. Four to six volunteers are needed. Visit https://volunteerascension.volunteermatrix.com.

CHILDREN’S VILLAGE/ASCENSION PARISH HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: Volunteers are needed Sept. 27 to help children with art and craft projects. Visit https://volunteerascension.volunteermatrix.com.

INFORMATION BOOTH/ASCENSION HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: Sept. 26-27. Greet festival attendees and supply directions and festival information. Visit https://volunteerascension.volunteermatrix.com.

KIDZ KOVE DISCOVERY PARK COMMUNITY BUILD: Sept. 19-21 at the park, 712 N. Francois St., Gonzales. Project includes the installation of the special equipment going in the park. Volunteer help is needed for shifts from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Biggest need is Sept. 20. Food and drinks will be provided all three days. For safety concerns, no one younger than 18 will be allowed onsite. To sign up, email Tammy Cullen at cullen3@cox.net or Stacey Bumpus at sbumpus73@gmail.com.

COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES: Volunteers needed for the program in Ascension and St. James parishes. There are 20 children in Ascension and St. James parishes that need someone in their corner. The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Child Advocacy Services needs volunteers to be the voices for abused and neglected children in the community. CASA training for Ascension and St. James volunteers will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Child Advocacy Services office, 1026 E. Worthy Road, Suite C., Gonzales. Call Krisy McAdams at (225) 647-2005 or email kmcadams@childadv.net to sign up for the training. To learn more about Child Advocacy Services’ CASA program, visit www.childadv.net.

COMPANION ANIMAL RESCUE OF ASCENSION: Gonzales PetSmart. Two volunteers needed every Saturday and Sunday to help with adoption day event. Visit https://volunteerascension.volunteermatrix.com.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CLOTHING STORE: Volunteers are needed at the St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Store, 1402 C-1 N. Burnside, Gonzales. Orientation will be given to all volunteers prior to start date. Volunteers’ responsibilities include greeting and assisting customers, and assisting with processing donated items. To volunteer, call (225) 644-2151.