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 homemade treats or snacks to be dropped off and served to our consumers. 

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

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 development@voagbr.org to get involved.

Mobile Outreach Supplies Needed:

Everyday Supplies

  • Water
  • Crackers
  • Toothbrush and Tooth past
  • Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Socks
  • Chips
  • Face Mask
  • Vienna Sausages
  • Beef Jerky
  • Power aid or Sports Drinks
  • Backpacks

Fall and Winter Supplies

  • Thermal Wear
  • Blankets
  • Gloves
  • Hats

Spring and Summer Supplies

  • Ponchos
  • Insect Repellents

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 development@voagbr.org to get involved.

Seniors or Veterans personal hygiene collection might include razors and shaving cream, and crossword/word search puzzle books.  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