Baton Rouge Volunteer Opportunities
The following opportunities are with programs and services of Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge. For additional opportunities to volunteer with other agencies in the Baton Rouge area, please click here to visit our local volunteer center.
Court-Ordered Volunteer Service:*** Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge does not provide opportunities for court-ordered community service. For a listing of organizations in Baton Rouge area that can accommodate court-ordered volunteer service, please click here.***
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.
Make Brown Bag Meals for the Homeless
Make sandwiches or brown bag meals for the homeless visiting our Drop-in Center. Volunteers must supply all materials for the project. Call or email for more information and to schedule your drop-off date. Great for high school service hours, service clubs or a family project! Contact email@example.com
Bake a Treat for the Homeless
Bake homemade muffins, cookies, or other goodies at home and drop off at our main office for people served through our homeless programs. Great for scout troops, students needing service hours or families with young children. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Make Detergent Bags for our Laundry Center at the Drop-in Center
Great project for young volunteers or students! Portion out single scoops of powdered detergent into zip-top baggies so that the homeless, low-income seniors and veterans can wash their clothes. Contact email@example.com
Youth Volunteers Can Join YVC!
Volunteer Youth Corps (formerly VolunTEENs) is a program run by Capital Area United Way. Volunteers of America, along with other area nonprofits, regularly submits projects for Volunteer Youth Corps. These projects are specifically geared towards volunteers ages 11 to 18 years old. Volunteers must live in the 10 parish capital area and must register on the Capital Area United Way website (https://cauw.org/yvc).
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. Host a collection drive to collect paper towels, tissue, toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, spray cleaner, trash bags, light bulbs, bar soap and full-size toiletries. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Internship Opportunity: Health and Wellness Coordinator
Position has been filled for the Fall 2017 semester. Now taking applications for the Spring 2018 semester.
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)
Now taking applications for the Fall 2017 semester.
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
Uplift a Heart by Sharing the Gift of Music
GROUP OPPORTUNITY Musical groups or choirs are invited to share the gift of music with our senior residents or adults with disabilities. Any type of music including guitar, jazz, gospel, and contemporary Christian can be shared. Groups may also want to provide refreshments such as popcorn or cookies. Contact email@example.com
Sundaes on Sundays (or any day!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Host A Collection Drive
Host 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. 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 at our Drop-In Center which provides shower facilities, laundry services and case management to homeless adults. Contact email@example.com