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

SPEAK UP FOR A CHILD, Capital Area CASA — Jennifer Mayer, (225) 379-8598, email 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, will hold its next volunteer training class beginning Sept. 9. Volunteers, especially men, are needed to help children reach safe, permanent homes.

No special experience is required, but you must be at least 21 years old. To find out more, attend a brief orientation at the CASA office or visit

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 Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on the third Tuesday of the month and deliver it to their St. Francisville location. This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity.

MATH FRIENDS, Volunteers in Public School (VIPS) — Kimberly Marcelle, (225) 226-4700: More than 200 children in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools are struggling with basic math concepts and need a VIPS Math Friend, who can 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 his or her math skills.

BREC VOLUNTEERS, BREC Parks and Recreation — Monica Dugas at Volunteer opportunities are available for people of all ages and abilities, individuals and groups. You can participate in beautification projects, athletics, summer camps or assist with community, social and special events.

YOUTH TUTORING PROGAM, Gardere Initiative — Adam, (225) 803-9616 or The Gardere Initative is growing its youth tutoring program, especially in areas of the Common Core plan. Volunteers are especially needed who can help students with career planning.

ACTIVITY VOLUNTEERS, Jefferson Manor — LaQuan Harvey, (225) 293-1434. The nursing home needs volunteers to help with activities and interact with the residents.

Opportunities include participating in crafts, bingo and other activities.