Baton Rouge Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS COVID-19 UPDATE 

The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority and their interaction with the general public is limited during these times.

We are concerned about the spread of the novel coronavirus as the people we serve are typically more vulnerable to the virus and the disease it causes.  Due to the increase in cases and them spreading so quickly, we have decided to suspend group volunteer activities throughout our programs (Bingo, food donations, crafts, and music groups) as a precaution. We are staying abreast of the latest developments about coronavirus.

We are also suspending any volunteer projects that require a volunteer to prepare home-made treats or snacks to be dropped off and served to our consumers. This includes Sundaes on Sunday, Bake a Sweet treat and Snack bag projects. See below for more information:

ALL DROP OFFS NEED TO BE SCHEDULED DUE TO LIMITED COVID-19 OFFICE HOURS

Email to schedule Volunteers@voagbr.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 volunteers@voagbr.org

Make washing detergent bags for low income seniors, veterans and our residents in our group homes. Fill a small zip-loc bag with one scoop of HE washing powder and seal or put 4 washing pods into a bag and seal. Schedule through volunteers@voagbr.org

Host A Collection Drive -Hygiene Kits or Snack bags for homeless outreach
Host a collection drive for those in need of the basics. Our programs are always in need of snack items such as individually wrapped snacks; peanut butter crackers, chips, granola bars, noodle cups and small bottled water. Hygeine kits can be handed out to the street homeless.  Fill a large zip lock bag with various items such as hand-wipes, pair of socks, Chapstick, or deodorant. 

Seniors or Veterans personal hygiene collection might include razors and shaving cream, laundry detergent, and crossword/word search puzzle books. Or think 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. Drop offs accepted Monday through Thursday. 

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 volunteers@voagbr.org

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 volunteers@voagbr.org

(Temporarily Suspended) - Sundaes on Sundays (or any day!) MUST BE SCHEDULED THROUGH OFFICE
GROUP OPPORTUNITY Seniors who are isolated are at a greater risk of depression, high blood pressure and long-term illness. Help us keep our seniors actively engaged by hosting an ice cream social! Volunteer groups must provide party supplies including food, beverages, bowls, napkins. Additional activities such as a craft project, BINGO, musical performance, etc can also be added to the fun. Activity supplies or small BINGO prizes must be also be provided by volunteers. Contact volunteers@voagbr.org

(Temporarily Suspended) - Creative Crafts
GROUP OPPORTUNITY Volunteer groups can host a craft project for one of our senior communities or community homes. Examples include seasonal wreaths, candles, or holiday ornaments. Volunteer groups will need to provide all supplies for the project. Contact volunteers@voagbr.org

(Temporarily Suspended) - Health and Wellness Speakers
Medical professionals or graduate students are needed to provide interactive workshops that educate our senior residents about health and wellness-related issues such as diabetes, nutrition and heart disease. Contact volunteers@voagbr.org