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.
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, COVID-19. Because the coronavirus is spreading quickly, we have decided to suspend group volunteer activities throughout our programs (Bingo, 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:
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 Bags for the Homeless - SCHEDULED THROUGH OFFICE ONLY ON MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
Due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, we are not taking sandwiches or meals put together by hand. Instead, we request volunteers use prepackaged alternatives to create snack bags. (I.E chips, peanut butter crackers, Vienna sausages). Volunteers must supply all food items and materials for the project. Call or email for more information and to schedule a drop-off date. Great for high school service hours, service clubs or a family project! DROP OFF MUST BE BEFORE 1:00pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Make washing detergent bags for homeless program. Fill a zip-loc bag with one scoop of HE washing powder and seal. Schedule through office at email@example.com.
(Temporarily Suspended) - Bake a Treat for the Homeless - MUST BE SCHEDULED THROUGH OFFICE
Bake homemade muffins, cookies, or other goodies at home, individually wrap and drop off at our main office Monday through Thursday for people served through our homeless programs. Great for scout troops, students or families with young children. 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. 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. Drop offs are accepted Monday through Friday. Contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
(Temporarily Suspended) - 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
(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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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. Dropoffs accepted Monday through Thursday before 2:00. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org