Making connections

Stay involved in the community this month through camps, races, hands-on service and more.

The West Baton Rouge Museum is seeking volunteers to assist with its Blast from the Past summer camp. For two weeks in June (17-21 and 24-28), museum staff, volunteers, visiting artists, historical characters and storytellers will lead campers in cracking codes, solving history mysteries, writing with invisible ink, and going on archaeological digs. Campers will examine artifacts, explore the contents of a geocache, and enjoy the 19th-century sport of letterboxing. Volunteers must be energetic and mobile. Your sewing and crafting skills may be useful. If interested in helping out, contact Jeannie Luckett at 336-2422, ext. 15, or [email protected].

Is your teenager looking for something rewarding to do this summer? Youth Volunteer Corps of the Capital Area is offering teens the opportunity to participate in volunteer projects beginning June 3.Throughout summer break, young adults can give back, build relationships and have fun! Visit or call 382-3512 to apply and check out orientation dates.

The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center is looking for volunteers for The Phone and Crisis Chat. The Phone is a 24-hour crisis telephone line that serves Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Crisis Chat is an online instant messaging program that offers an alternative way for people in crisis to reach out for help. Volunteers will receive extensive training in crisis and suicide intervention including active listening, crisis theory, suicide and violence assessment, and community resources. The next training class for The Phone is scheduled for June 6. If interested, call 924-1431 or email [email protected]. For the application packet and training schedule, visit

The McMains Children’s Developmental Center needs your help to make its third annual Run, Walk & Roll a success June 1. Proceeds from the 1-mile fun run and 5K will benefit the center and help fund its therapeutic services. Volunteers may be asked to set up and take down, cheer on participants and provide direction, or hand out water, drinks and food. Contact Eunice McCarney at 923-3420 or [email protected] for details.

The Capital Area United Way will host a United Way Day of Action June 21. Hundreds of volunteers are asked to come out on this day to make an impact in the 70805 ZIP code neighborhood. The day’s goal of connecting those in the community with resources to attain a better quality of life will enable volunteers to see firsthand what it means to live united by serving where the need is great. For more information, visit or call 383-2643.

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].