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Santa's Workshop

Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to help in Santa's Workshop. We will be distributing Christmas gifts to families December 11th - December 17th from 8am - 4:30. Volunteers are free to help when their schedule permits. Volunteers assist: - Receiving gifts from donors - Distributing gifts to clients as they arrive - Calling to notify families gifts are in If you are interested, in this opportunity please do not hesitate to contact us! Thanks for all you do and Merry Christmas!

Baton Rouge, LA

12/14/18 7:00 AM +more

Ring Bell for Salvation Army (2 hour shifts)

Find a friend to help tend the Kettle as we raise money to help local families in need through the Salvation Army! We offer 2-hours shifts in San Marcos at Hobby Lobby every day (except Sunday) from 10am-8pm. It's a fun and meaningful Christmas activity. SIGNUP HERE FOR A TWO HOUR SHIFT: http://signup.com/go/GBkywhY If you have questions, contact Karen Kent (kkringthebells@gmail.com) or call the Salvation Army office, 512-754-8541.

Shreveport, LA

12/13/18 10:00 AM +more

Development Support

We are seeking a volunteer to help assist the Development staff with various duties including helping with the first ever Louisiana Autism Conference, assisting with filings, support with donor communication and outreach.

Lake Charles, LA

Through 1/31/19

Volunteer Construction Team

We need you to join us in Louisiana and help rebuild homes and restore lives for families devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Do you remember two summers ago when Hurricane Harvey made headline news across the country? Although you don't hear about it in the news anymore, families continue to suffer from the devastating impact of that massive storm. Did you know? Hurricane Harvey is the second most expensive storm in U.S. history costing over $125 billion in damages. Hurricane Harvey damaged more than 200,000 homes, and more than 700,000 people asked for help from FEMA. Hurricane Harvey caused serious damage in Louisiana, not just in Houston, Texas. We are continuing the rebuilding process in Louisiana, and we need your help. We deployed three volunteer teams in 2018 to the Lake Charles area in western Louisiana. We rebuilt 5 homes that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We need volunteers of all skill levels, with a preference for roofers, drywallers, and those with finish carpentry experience. In just one week, YOU can help the elderly, disabled, and low-income families, who do not have the resources to recover on their own, get back into their homes. There is a $150 participation fee. Flights to/from Louisiana and transportation for your week long stay are paid for. Accommodations are included. 2019 TEAM DATES January 6-13 March 3-10 April 28 - May 5 Contact Brett Schwemmer bschwemmer@irteams.org

San Diego, CA

Through 5/5/19

Sort and Repack Weekend

Volunteers will be sorting and packing food donations accordingly.

Baton Rouge, LA

1/5/19 8:00 AM +more

Sort and Repack

Volunteers will be sorting and packing food donations accordingly.

Baton Rouge, LA

12/14/18 8:00 AM +more

AmeriCorps Member at Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana

Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana (BGCA) is seeking passionate, responsible and dedicated individuals interested in helping youth succeed and making a difference in young people’s lives through the AmeriCorps National Service Program. AmeriCorps members will complete a service term as an enrichment instructor at one of our Boys & Girls Clubs in the Acadiana Area: Lafayette, New Iberia, or Abbeville. AmeriCorps members help make learning fun for Club members planning, implementing, and evaluating activities provided within a specific program area, such as Education & Career Development, Character & Leadership Development, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, the Arts, and Health & Life Skills. The focus of this after-school program is Education - homework help and tutoring, high-yield learning activities, and other components of a well-rounded program to encourage learning, build academic skills & confidence, and to ultimately help to shape the character traits that will translate into a successful future. Minimum Time AmeriCorps Members – Complete 300 hours per term of service (3 terms per year available) Service Times – term #2: January 8, 2019 – April 30, 2019 Available Monday – Friday – 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (after school) Living Allowance (term used for PAY): $2,200 per term of service (divided into twice monthly pay periods of $275 each – or $550 per month, for a total of $2,200 for the entire term of service) Educational Award: $1,252.91 (paid to educational or financial institution once successfully completing term) Must be at least 17 years old U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident Attend mandatory pre-service orientation Living Allowance stipend paid on the 15th and last day of each month PLEASE NOTE: Living Allowance and pay are one and the same; this is basically volunteer service but with some compensation to help with living expenses while doing service with AmeriCorps Benefits Professional and personal development Boys & Girls Club experience Opportunity to be a part of a national service movement Stipend paid twice monthly (for a total of $2,200 compensation per term) Educational award upon successful completion of your term of service Application Information: To apply, request an application please email Charlette Ardoin at cardoin@bgcacadiana.com Review of applications continues until the positions are filled. All candidates must pass post-offer/pre-employment requirements, including: Criminal Background Check.

Lafayette, LA

Through 4/30/19

Companionship Volunteer

COMPANIONSHIP VOLUNTEERS Life Source Hospices' volunteers are members of a dedicated group who give of themselves to help ensure the mission of hospice care. Each volunteer brings something special to hospice to help fulfill our mission. We serve a 50 - mile radius of Baton Rouge, LA, which includes Baker, Denham Springs, New Roads, St. Francisville, and Hammond, at numerous partnering facilities. Companionship Volunteers – visit with patient/family; read to patient; provide family support; serve as an “Angel Watch Vigil” for patient(s) without family; provide Music Therapy; provide Pet Therapy; or other services as need arises within our scope of service. *All volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation, Background Check, and a TB assessment

Baton Rouge, LA

Through 12/31/19

Mosque Representative

Nature and Scope of Position Advocate team members will be an integrated group of volunteers charged with overseeing MLFA’s strategic development activities at their local masjid. They will review, develop and recommend guidance that promote MLFA’s mission and play a pivotal role in enhancing MLFA’s impact within their local community. Qualifications Volunteer commitment = 1 to 2 hours per month. Must be 16 years old or older. Provide two references and have a clean background check. Roles & Responsibilities Promote MLFA news, events, services, programs, conferences at your local masjid. Table and handout MLFA material at your local masjid. Assist MLFA representative with all programs at your local masjid. Keep MLFA updated on Masjid programs and current leadership contacts. Establish strong and appropriate relationships with the masjid governing board, and the general local community. Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization. Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player. Share MLFA content - news, services, programs, etc. with your contacts.

Gretna, LA

Through 12/31/19

Mosque Representative

Nature and Scope of Position Advocate team members will be an integrated group of volunteers charged with overseeing MLFA’s strategic development activities at their local masjid. They will review, develop and recommend guidance that promote MLFA’s mission and play a pivotal role in enhancing MLFA’s impact within their local community. Qualifications Volunteer commitment = 1 to 2 hours per month. Must be 16 years old or older. Provide two references and have a clean background check. Roles & Responsibilities Promote MLFA news, events, services, programs, conferences at your local masjid. Table and handout MLFA material at your local masjid. Assist MLFA representative with all programs at your local masjid. Keep MLFA updated on Masjid programs and current leadership contacts. Establish strong and appropriate relationships with the masjid governing board, and the general local community. Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization. Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player. Share MLFA content - news, services, programs, etc. with your contacts.

Gretna, LA

Through 12/31/19

Mosque Representative

Nature and Scope of Position Advocate team members will be an integrated group of volunteers charged with overseeing MLFA’s strategic development activities at their local masjid. They will review, develop and recommend guidance that promote MLFA’s mission and play a pivotal role in enhancing MLFA’s impact within their local community. Qualifications Volunteer commitment = 1 to 2 hours per month. Must be 16 years old or older. Provide two references and have a clean background check. Roles & Responsibilities Promote MLFA news, events, services, programs, conferences at your local masjid. Table and handout MLFA material at your local masjid. Assist MLFA representative with all programs at your local masjid. Keep MLFA updated on Masjid programs and current leadership contacts. Establish strong and appropriate relationships with the masjid governing board, and the general local community. Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization. Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player. Share MLFA content - news, services, programs, etc. with your contacts.

Baton Rouge, LA

Through 12/31/19

Mosque Representative

Nature and Scope of Position Advocate team members will be an integrated group of volunteers charged with overseeing MLFA’s strategic development activities at their local masjid. They will review, develop and recommend guidance that promote MLFA’s mission and play a pivotal role in enhancing MLFA’s impact within their local community. Qualifications Volunteer commitment = 1 to 2 hours per month. Must be 16 years old or older. Provide two references and have a clean background check. Roles & Responsibilities Promote MLFA news, events, services, programs, conferences at your local masjid. Table and handout MLFA material at your local masjid. Assist MLFA representative with all programs at your local masjid. Keep MLFA updated on Masjid programs and current leadership contacts. Establish strong and appropriate relationships with the masjid governing board, and the general local community. Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization. Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player. Share MLFA content - news, services, programs, etc. with your contacts.

New Orleans, LA

Through 12/31/19

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By Madi Donham. Tue, 04 Dec 2018

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