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: Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected youth living in foster care to help them reach safe, permanent homes. No special background is required. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old. CASA is now accepting people into its next volunteer training course, which begins April 14. The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief informational session at the CASA office. Call, email or visit for details.

HELPING THE HOMELESS, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless — Dillon Hall, (225) 388-5855 or Volunteers are needed to assist with the center’s work with homeless citizens in the Baton Rouge area. Volunteer opportunities are available seven days a week.

CRISIS CHAT COUNSELOR, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center — Haley Shows, (225) 924-1431: Help those in your community who may experience emotional distress by volunteering with BRCIC to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention counseling. Crisis Chat is an online instant messaging program that offers an alternative way for people in crisis to reach out for help. Volunteer counselors will receive extensive training in crisis and suicide intervention.

COMMUNITY GARDENS, Mayor Kip Holden’s BR Proud Initiative — Mitchell Provensal (225) 387-7079: Weekly volunteers are needed to help maintain community gardens in Northdale, Melrose, Scotlandville and North Baton Rouge. Scheduling is flexible and no experience is required. Volunteers will help do regular maintenance of garden and will be able to harvest produce.

HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS, Baton Rouge General Hospital — Katherine Neal, (225) 387-7079: Volunteers are needed for the surgery waiting area to greet and check in patients then keep family members informed of progress and any special consults. Volunteers will also escort patients and visitors to different areas of the hospital.