Bountiful opportunities – Scope out the options for adding special meaning to your holiday season.

Become a part of the healing process experienced by patients and their families by signing up for available weekly four-hour shifts at Baton Rouge General. Enthusiastic and caring individuals are wanted at both the hospital’s Mid City and Bluebonnet locations. To join the family, check out and download an application, or call 763-6601.

Volunteer to assist the American Diabetes Association at its Step Out walk to stop diabetes, Nov. 16 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. All individuals, regardless of age, and all groups, big or small, are welcome to help. Those who sign up receive a free T-shirt, food and entertainment. Contact Treva at (504) 889-0278, ext. 6074, or at [email protected] for details.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East is looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to become council adult education learning facilitators. These facilitators specialize in one or more areas including safety, leadership, and the outdoors. After training, volunteer facilitators are asked to teach at least five sessions yearly. Contact Kari at 927-8946, ext. 1229, or [email protected] for further details.

The Walk to Defeat ALS at BREC’s Forest Community Park is more than just a mile trek. It’s an opportunity to unite and raise money for a great cause: to support research into a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease. The passion and dedication of volunteers will make this Nov. 2 walk a success. Assignments include registering participants and working water stations. For more information and to sign up, call 343-9880.

The holiday season of some area residents will be a little merrier when you sponsor a family or child through Hope Under the Tree. This program, in conjunction with Volunteers of America, is an annual Christmas campaign, entailing opportunities for donating time or gifts. Request a look at available wish lists by emailing [email protected] or calling 408-3796.

Volunteer opportunities are provided by Volunteer! United, a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital Area United Way. For your volunteer needs or to submit a project, please contact Kristin Menson at [email protected].