Volunteers are needed to become ambassadors at the River Road African American Museum. Ambassadors help with tours, special events and educational programs, a news release from the museum said. Ambassadors receive free admission to all museum events, professional development seminars, and meet people from around the world.

The museum is interested in mature adults with a friendly personality, good verbal and written communication skills, and a love of local history, the release said. Students looking for community service hours are welcome to apply. To volunteer, call (225) 474-5553 or email kathe@aamuseum.org.

Learn more about the museum at www.african americanmuseum.org.

Christmas Crusades

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office’s annual Christmas Crusades program is underway for the 2014 holiday season.

“This year’s program, now in its 17th year, has provided thousands of children in Ascension Parish with toys for Christmas,” Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has been committed and dedicated to helping disadvantaged children, from newborns to 12 years of age, the release said. In 2013, the APSO Christmas Crusades program was able to purchase toys for more than 250 families and more than 680 children, the release said.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is now accepting donations of toys and money.

The Sheriff’s Office will have toy collection sites within the community over the next few weeks, and at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 will ask residents to help with shopping for toys for qualifying families at Wal-Mart in Gonzales.

“Our annual Christmas Crusades program has become such a part of the fabric of the Sheriff’s Office and our community,” said Wiley, noting that agency members and community partners alike always look forward to this time of year. “I am indeed thankful for the many community partners who have come together to support our Ascension Parish community through such a worthwhile endeavor.”

Ascension Parish residents needing assistance can now apply for this year’s program. Applications may be obtained from the Sheriff’s Offices at the Donaldsonville Courthouse, the Gonzales Business Office or the Family Services Division at the Gonzales Courthouse.

Applicants will need to bring current food stamp printouts or copies of each child’s birth certificate, a valid Louisiana photo ID, proof of income and a copy of a current Ascension Parish utility bill (showing proof of residency). The deadline for submitting applications is Friday. Those accepted into the program will be notified by letter.

For information, to volunteer or request assistance, call Deputy Janet Fontenot at (225) 621-8318 or Deputy Jodie Delaune at (225) 621-8374.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, ascension@ theadvocate.com or ddenstorff@theadvocate.com. Deadline: Noon Monday.