Baton Rouge Volunteer Opportunities
Team Building Events
- Create a flower bed under our NEW Reilly Center wooden sign, hedge, flowers, install solar lights.
Available at all of our properties:
- Plant annuals
- Trim bushes
- Weed existing beds
- Refresh paint on fence or picnic tables
- Power wash
In-Person Volunteer Opportunities
Spend time with our Vocational Day Program
Our Vocational Day Program is in need of volunteers to come and lead exercise, do magic, arts and crafts, sing/karaoke, play games such as corn hole or Jenga, play board games/checkers/UNO, Go Fish. Some other ways to interact and spend time with our participants include:
Be a Buddy - share your leisure time with someone in our Vocational Day Program
Be a guest speaker - educate our participants in exercise, money management skills, personal health, etc.
Host a recreational event for our adults with disabilities – make a craft – volunteers to provide all of the supplies. Some options for crafts include decorating pumpkins, ornament making/decorating, creating potted plants, and painting stained glass items.
Volunteer for the elderly:
Host a monthly birthday party or a bingo game for our residents – volunteers responsible for bringing prizes and or refreshments/plates/ - staff can guide on appropriate prize and food options.
Celebrate Mother’s/Father’s/Grandparent’s Day with our residents – make cards/crafts
Be a Buddy - provide friendship and companionship to a senior citizen
Become a Foster Parent for a Child with Special Medical or Behavioral Needs
In the state of Louisiana, more than 4,000 infants, children and teens are in state custody. Loving foster families for children with special medical or behavioral needs are desperately needed. Volunteers of America can walk you through the process of becoming a Therapeutic Foster Family. Please click here for more information.
Internship Opportunity: Health and Wellness Coordinator
Graduate students completing courses in Rehabilitation Counseling, Kinesiology or a related field are needed to develop and implement health and wellness curriculum at our senior communities. Activities may include starting a walking club, leading group exercise or utilizing our IN2L technology to host interactive wellness activities. This internship is unpaid. Contact email@example.com
Internship Opportunity: Disability Services (pre-vocational)
Graduate students completing courses in Rehabilitation Counseling or a related field are needed to assist in our pre-vocational day program for adults with disabilities. Intern will work with participants to meet personal goals based on their Individual Service Plan (ISP) as they gain the tools needed to be successful in a vocational environment. Intern will also work with staff on monthly, quarterly and annual planning and assist with identifying recreational opportunities for participants in the community. Interns will experience both hands-on work with participants as well as administrative tasks. This internship is unpaid. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Collect Paper Goods for Low-Income Seniors
The elderly residents living at our Oak Park Plaza Senior Community are on fixed incomes and have difficulty affording the basics towards the end of the month. This collection drive helps to keep them out of stores and safer from the spread of Covid-19. Volunteers can purchase paper towels, facial tissue, toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, spray cleaner, trash bags, light bulbs, bar soap, and full-size toiletries. Drop-offs are accepted Monday through Thursday. Contact email@example.com
Mobile Outreach Bag Collection
Volunteers of America operates a mobile outreach unit that is on the go each day offering assistance to those living on the streets. Through our outreach staff, we are able to do an intake with the consumer, schedule telehealth appointments, and start the process of helping them obtain affordable housing. The outreach bags are great for a corporate project where a collection can take place and then staff could assemble the bags at their leisure. A large Gallon zip lock is best so that the items are protected from the rain. Our team will hand these out as they travel to largely populated areas where the street homeless have set up encampments. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Mobile Outreach Supplies Needed:
- Toothbrush and Tooth past
- Hand Sanitizer
- Face Mask
- Vienna Sausages
- Beef Jerky
- Power aid or Sports Drinks
Fall and Winter Supplies
- Thermal Wear
Spring and Summer Supplies
- Insect Repellents
Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities
Hope Under the Tree Christmas Giving Program
Hope Under the Tree is a giving program for donors to adopt individuals and families in our programs. The names on the list are homeless families in transition, families in crisis, foster kids, Seniors, Veterans, and adults with disabilities that we have served throughout the year. When someone is “adopted” we remove them from the list so the only gifts they receive will be yours.
The items on their lists are just suggestions and you don’t have to purchase every item but we do ask that the items be new. We can arrange delivery to the program or staff can pick them up. After we receive the gifts, the case managers and social workers working with those families will make sure that the gifts get to them before Christmas.
We ask the families to write a thank-you note to the person or group that sponsored them so that you know how much they appreciated the gifts. I hope that gives you a good picture of our Christmas program but if you have any additional questions, I would be happy to answer them.
Contact email@example.com to get involved. Seniors' or Veterans personal hygiene collections might include razors and shaving cream, and crossword/word search puzzle books. Drop-offs are accepted Monday through Thursday.