Youthful spirit

The many ways to assist young members of our community this month include mentoring groups, camps and races.

Splash into summer with the Arc Baton Rouge and make a difference at the same time! Volunteers are needed to assist with a non-structured swim time for individuals ages 3 and older who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers will help participants learn basic water safety, swimming and socialization skills while having fun and playing games. Programs take place July 8-19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the LSU Rec Center. Volunteers must attend a training session 3-4 p.m. on July 5. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Molly Orr at 927-0855 or email her at [email protected]

“I have this turmoil inside that won’t let me just do nothing. I need to give back,” said a man during his recent interview to become a Heart 2 Heart youth mentor at Catholic Charities. Does this sound like you? Do you have the drive and compassion to change a young person’s life? If so, join Catholic Charities’ Heart 2 Heart youth mentoring program. You can help generate hope and promise in young people through this program. Call Kayla Moscona at 336-8700, ext. 404, to get started.

Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) needs your help July 17 to Stuff the Bus! School supplies are collected at the Office Depot on College Drive. Last year, more than 120 volunteers for this event collected $62,583 in much-needed school supplies. Individuals, businesses, civic groups, and faith organizations in the Baton Rouge community can sign up to volunteer on the VIPS website, If you would like more information, contact Hope Dawan at 226-4702 or [email protected].

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge is looking for encouraging and supportive adults to volunteer with Club Inspire. Make a difference and serve as a positive role model for the youth in our community. Volunteers will empower club members to make positive life choices and maximize their potential as well as assist club members in developing and reaching positive academic and personal goals. To facilitate this process, volunteers will be asked to maintain regular contact with club members at least once a month for one hour. Training will be provided. For more information, call 383-3928 or visit

Come out and volunteer at races sponsored by the Rocketkidz Foundation the last weekend of July. Rocketchix takes place on July 27, and Rocketkidz on July 28. With such a full weekend, lots of volunteers are needed. Work at a water station, cheer along the race course, welcome racers to the finish line, or choose one of many other roles. Join in the fun and help Louisiana be a healthier place to live, work and play. Register to volunteer at

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].