Volunteer

When Volunteers of America was founded in 1896, volunteerism derived from a military context and to “volunteer” one’s time in service to others was a full-time commitment. Our founders, Maud and Ballington Booth, and other early members of our organization came to call themselves Volunteers of America because they volunteered their whole lives to help people in need. This included - not only volunteering their time - but also their hearts, their spirits and their professional prosperity.

Today, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico through programs that are staffed by full-time, paid professionals who have adopted this same ideal of service as their full-time mission. However, that does not mean that we do not also depend on an army of modern-day “volunteers” who offer their free time to support our programs nationwide. In fact, in 2010 nearly 65,000 volunteers devoted more than 1.3 million hours to hundreds of Volunteers of America programs and activities nationwide.  Last year, 1,884 volunteers helped Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge expand our ability to serve South Louisiana.

Please see below for a list of our current volunteer opportunities.  For some opportunities, an orientation, training, and a background check/references may be required. 

Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge does not provide court-ordered community service opportunities.

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Position NameAdditional InfoLocationOpportunity TypeContact Information
Be A VideographerVolunteers are needed to record events that occur and help create a video to highlight the programs provided to the community.Lake CharlesFundraising & Special EventsKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034
Clerical Volunteers at our CLVS ProgramsHelp support our staff who support those with disabilities by becoming a clerical volunteer. Volunteers would assist staff with filing, computer work, etc.Baton RougeAdministrativeGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Clerical Volunteers at the Reilly CenterHelp support our staff at the Reilly Center for Children and Families. A volunteer is needed to help twice a week with clerical support- general filing; organizational skill needed. Must be dependable.Baton RougeAdministrativeGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Clerical WorkerVolunteers are needed to do clerical work for the Waiver Program or River Oaks.LafayetteAdministrativeStacie Comeaux
337-234-5715
Collect Toiletry Samples for The HomelessThink of some creative ways to collect those free bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and tiny bars of hotel soaps from your friends and neighbors. They might be cluttering up your bathroom drawers now, but they can be put to great use at our Drop-In Center which provides shower facilities, laundry services and case management to homeless adults.Baton RougeHomelessness & SheltersGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Creative CraftsVolunteer groups can host a craft project for one of our facilities or community homes by making decorations or crafts with a seasonal/holiday theme. Groups can use construction paper and craft supplies to create items to be distributed to one of our facilities. Volunteer groups will need to provide all supplies for the project.Baton RougeGroup OpportunitiesGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Display Our InformationHelp spread the news about our Pregnancy and Adoption Services Program by passing out information to doctors/clinics, churches, etc. around Southwest Louisiana.Lake CharlesAdvocacyKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034
Help With LandscapingOur apartment complexes need planting, weeding, trimming and upkeep on their lawns and plants. Locations available in Lake Charles, Oberlin, Elton and Welsh.Lake CharlesBeautification & LandscapingKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034
Help With Landscaping at River OaksVolunteer groups or individuals are needed throughout the year to help with planting, weeding, trimming, and overall upkeep of our apartment complex, River Oaks.LafayetteBeautification & LandscapingStacie Comeaux
337-234-5715
Host A BINGO Game For The Elderly at Elton PlaceHost a BINGO game for the residents of Elton Place, our apartments for the elderly in Elton, LA. They love the opportunity to socialize and win prizes.EltonRecreational ActivitiesKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034
Host A Birthday/BINGO Party At Our Residential CenterHelp the residents of Baton Rouge Residential Center celebrate all of the birthdays they are having each month. Volunteer group would need to provide party items/refreshments such as cake, ice cream, beverages, plates and napkins to serve about 15 people (plus your volunteers). Group can also provide small door prizes for BINGO.Baton RougeGroup OpportunitiesGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Host A Birthday/Bingo Party For Our Elderly ResidentsHelp the elderly residents of Oak Park Plaza celebrate all of the birthdays they are having. Volunteer group would need to provide party items such as cake, plates and napkins and BINGO prizes! Teenage Summertime Opportunity! Help us host bingo games with the elderly this summer. Teens are asked to bring a small inexpensive BINGO prizes! Call to sign up! You can earn 2-4 service hours. Baton RougeGroup OpportunitiesGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Host A Collection DriveHost a collection drive for those in need of the basics. Our programs are always in need of items such as individually wrapped snacks; peanut butter crackers, chips, granola bars, or noodle cups, toilet paper, household cleaning items, bath towels, personal hygiene items, razors and shaving cream, laundry detergent, and crossword/word search puzzle books.Baton RougeGeneralGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Host A Collection Drive for New Socks and or SweatersCollect new socks and t-shirts for the men and women of the Drop-In Center. The fall weather will soon push in and the individuals who come into the Drop-In Center will be faced with the elements of the weather. Help warm their feet with a new pair of socks and a warm sweater.Baton Rouge, LA, 70806AllGreta Patterson
225-408-3781
Host A FundraiserHost a fundraiser to help support the services we provide.Lake CharlesFundraising & Special EventsKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034
Host A Household Item DriveHost a personal hygiene, canned food or toilet paper drive. Many of our programs provide these items to their clients - individuals and families that would not otherwise have the resources to purchase them.Lake CharlesGeneralKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034
Host a Makeover and Manicure Party!Help the ladies living in one of our residential programs celebrate a day of leisure by hosting one of our monthly makeover/manicure days. Be creative by teaching them how to apply makeup or simply polish their nails. Supplies provided. Volunteers can extend the party by providing party items/refreshments such as cake, cookie, ice cream, beverages, plates and napkins to serve about 8 people (plus your volunteers).Baton RougeGroup OpportunitiesGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Host a Recreational ActivityVolunteer Groups can host an arts and crafts class, a movie and popcorn party, or any other fun activity at one of our residential facilities serving children, teens, adults with disabilities or the elderly. Groups will provide supplies and/or refreshments!Baton RougeGroup OpportunitiesGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Make and Serve LunchOur Day Programs serve adults with a mental illness. This project is located on Oak Park Boulevard in Lake Charles.Lake CharlesMental HealthKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034
Make Birthday Calls to the Elderly and Adults with DisabilitiesVolunteer with the waiver program to make birthday calls and send cards to the elderly and adults with disabilities who are being served by Volunteers of America in AcadianaLafayetteVirtual/At-Home VolunteeringStacie Comeaux
337-234-5715
Make Brown Bag LunchesMake and deliver brown bag lunches for our Drop-In Center or one of our residential programs. Groups, families or scout troops can make lunch bags with sandwiches and snacks and deliver them to a program. Volunteers provide all items and supplies.Baton RougeHomelessness & SheltersGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Make Dinners For The Residents At Baton Rouge Residential CenterVolunteers can make individual frozen homemade dinners for the residents. This could be anything that they could heat up and eat, such as spaghetti, chili, vegetable or chicken soup, etc. At least 14 dinners would need to be made. Can be done anytime and delivered to program.Baton RougeVirtual/At-Home VolunteeringGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Make Frozen Casseroles For Our Elderly Residents At Dumas HouseVolunteers can cook, assemble, and freeze casseroles/dinners that can be defrosted on nights when the residents need a quick meal. Volunteers are not limited to casseroles! Large amounts of spaghetti sauce, chili, or soup can also be made and frozen. Each meal/casserole should contain at least 10 servings. Can be done anytime and delivered to the program.Baton RougeVirtual/At-Home VolunteeringGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Make Peanut Butter and Jelly SandwichesShare your time this summer making PB&J sandwiches. These sandwiches will provide a meal for the homeless. Volunteers must bring peanut butter, jelly, or bread. Call or email for dates and time and what sandwich ingredients to bring. Great for high school service hours or a family project! Hurry, call to sign up!Baton Rouge, LA, 70806Homelessness & SheltersGreta Patterson
225-408-3781
Pack the PackFill a back pack for the homeless. Items such as socks, t-shirts, underwear, hats, gloves, and or hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, and a bar of soap) are needed. A back pack allows them to carry their possessions around with them. Help keep them warm in the cold weather.Baton Rouge, LA, 70806AllGreta Patterson
225-408-3781
Rake and Roll!Volunteer groups are needed to help clean-up our residential properties by doing light yard work, and sprucing up the outdoor living space.Baton RougeGroup OpportunitiesGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Scrapbook with our clients at River Oaks!Come help our clients at River Oaks preserve good memories through scrapbooking. An ongoing volunteer is needed once or twice a month to scrapbook with a group of 5-10 clients with mental illness. Activities would last 45 minutes to an hour and a half.LafayetteMental HealthStacie Comeaux
337-234-5715
Set Up A Recycling ProgramWe need someone to establish a paper recycling program and haul off materials to the city of Lake Charles Green Team Mobiles.Lake CharlesEnviromentKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034
Substitute ReceptionistIf you are retired or have a flexible schedule during the week, volunteer to be a substitute receptionist for our programs. You name will be put on a "sub" list for our programs to call if one of our regular receptionists is ill or is going on vacation. If a sub is needed, the program will call you and you can accept the job or pass on the opportunity if you are unavailable.Baton RougeAdministrativeGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Teach A Class or Demonstrate A SkillOur Day Programs serve adults with a mental illness, and they enjoy learning new things. Come share your skill with them.Lake CharlesMental HealthKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034
Teenage Volunteers Can Join Youth Volunteer Corps!Volunteer Youth Corps (formerly VolunTEENs) is a program run by Volunteer Baton Rouge! and United Way. Volunteers of America regularly submits projects for Volunteer Youth Corps. These projects are specifically geared towards teenage volunteers and usually volunteers do not need to provide any supplies for the projects.Baton RougeGeneralGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Volunteer Trainers NeededStaff members working with people with disabilities or a mental illness need to complete training hours year-round. Knowledgeable and skilled volunteers are needed to provide trainings to staff. Topics May Include: •Stress Management •Nutrition and/or Physical Activity •Diabetes •People First Language •Understanding Seizure Disorders •Medication/Medication Administration •Self-Advocacy and Civic Engagement •Energy Management and Being “Green” •Sexual Abuse Awareness •Professional Development •Employment Opportunities for People with DisabilitiesBaton RougeInstructor/CoachGreta Patterson
225-387-0061
Volunteer With Our C.H.O.I.C.E.S. programC.H.O.I.C.E.S. is a recreational program for adults with mental illness in Lake Charles. Come play games or do crafts on weekday afternoons.Lake CharlesMental HealthKay Vanchiere
337-497-0034