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MDA Baton Rouge 2018 Toast to Life Gala

The MDA Baton Rouge Toast to Life Gala will be held at Marriot & Stinky’s Fish Camp of Baton Rouge on Nomember 30, 2018, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, bid on silent and live auction items and enjoy live entertainment while meeting other business and community leaders and corporate sponsors in support of the MDA and our local families. Volunteers are needed to assist with many things including registration, the auctions and auction check-out, set up and tear down and much more. Our event will be starting at 6:30 p.m., with VIP guests arriving at 6:00. We are asking volunteers to come at 3:30 in order to provide them time to eat and briefly go over last minute volunteer instructions. Most volunteer shifts will end at approximately 10:30 p.m. We look forward to having you participate as avolunteers certainly have contributed to a smooth-running and enjoyable event for our guests in the past. Please join us as a volunteer for this exciting fundraiser by registering a www.mda.org/get involved/volunteer. This will link you to your personal MDA volunteer webpage where you can view upcoming events, register for shifts, track service hours, and have access to the most recent announcements and notifications. TOGETHER, WE ARE PROGRESS – With your help, we’re looking to continue putting on the same great event to continue the progress MDA has made to improve the lives of the individuals and families we serve.

Baton Rouge, LA

11/30/18 3:30 PM

Baton Rouge 2018 Muscle Walk

The Baton Rouge 2018 Muscle Walk will take place at Highland Road Community Park, 14024 Highland Road, from 9 am until noon on November 10, 2018. The MDA Muscle Walk is nationwide series of fundraising events that unites families, friends, neighbors and businesses to forge powerful connections and bring strength to life. This event is an extraordinary local opportunity to both raise awareness and generate support for MDA’s Mission. . This event is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s signature fundraising event known as our biggest family reunion. The event will offer food, beverages, entertainment, and more. Volunteers are asked to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. We will meet at the registration table located at the front entrance of the park. Our run-through will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Coffee and pastries will be provided. Volunteers will be greeting guests as they enter the park and directing them to the registration area, helping to check in all attendees, engage participants in activities and cheer them along the walk route, and help clean up and load equipment into the MDA supply van. All volunteers will be given a MDA t-shirt and wear a volunteer vest for the event. Parking is free. All interested volunteers should register at www.mda.org/get involved/volunteer, in order to receive additional information about the event. This will also provide each individual volunteer with their own personal webpage to sign up for events, receive event notifications, track service hours, and register in the MDA database for future opportunities.

Baton Rouge, LA

11/10/18 7:30 AM

Videographer Volunteer Needed

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans' volunteer department is seeking a volunteer to assist in the creation of several short videos highlighting volunteers from our different programs for a new “volunteer of the month” initiative. The volunteer will film, then edit the footage for distribution on CCANO’s social media platforms and website. Volunteer will collaborate with Volunteer Department staff on the creative vision for this project. The volunteer will create an easy to edit template and a comprehensive set of written directions so that we can continue to make these videos monthly after the volunteer has moved on. Time commitment is flexible. Competency in Windows necessary. Must have own transportation. Location: 1000 Howard Ave, New Orleans, as well as various locations throughout New Orleans. Option for some remote work.

New Orleans, LA

Through 10/1/19

Clinical Support Volunteer – Immigration Services’ Unaccompanied Children

CCANO’s Unaccompanied Children’s Program serves unaccompanied immigrant children who were temporarily in custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and reunified with sponsors. Clinical volunteers will provide services to these children who are identified as most in need. The position involves contact with children from Central America and their families, with a special focus on youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect, or other trauma, and who require support services in conjunction with legal representation. Volunteer will: provide clinical, supportive, and crisis counseling services; individual, group and family therapy as necessary; manage a caseload of approximately 12 clients for short-term therapeutic services; implement appropriate, evidence-based, clinical interventions based on client’s developmental stage and presenting problems; write thorough and appropriate case notes and maintain an organized file for each client; conduct psychosocial assessments, screenings for PTSD and other disorders, participate in clinical assessments for asylum cases; utilize individual and group supervision effectively to improve skills; and more. Qualifications: Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency or near-fluency required; experience with or interest in working with immigrant children and families in a clinical setting; ability to work with a culturally diverse population; strong interpersonal skills, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and attentiveness to detail; ability to prioritize duties in a fast-paced environment. Volunteers must be a Tulane or University of Holy Cross counseling or social work student, or a trained/certified LCSW or LPC. Position available as internship for Holy Cross or Tulane counseling/social work students. Schedule: flexible, Minmum 8 hours/week for at least 4 months Monday-Friday (9AM-4PM) with some possible evening workshop support.

Metairie, LA

Through 6/3/19

Bridge City Prison Ministry Mentors

What: This faith-based mentorship program matches an individual man or woman, 25 years or older, with an incarcerated male youth aged 14-20, who does not receive visits from family or friends at Bridge City Center for Youth. We recognize that all young people have dignity and potential – all young people have the capacity to grow into morally and community-minded adults. For mentors no prior experience is required. The main requirement is caring and the ability to listen without judgement. Where: Bridge City Center for Youth, Bridge City, LA, 70094 More Details: Mentors and mentees are required to commit to visitation on Saturday or Sunday, at least 2x monthly (more if desired), from noon to 4 pm, for approximately one hour (more time if desired by both mentor and mentee parties). A minimum commitment of 6 months is required. Commitment beyond 6 months is desirable if youth and mentor can or would like to continue the match.

Bridge City, LA

Through 10/5/19

Immigration and Refugee Services Program Assistant

The volunteer will work closely with the Immigration and Refugee Services Program staff to supplement program activities and enhance services to the clients. Responsibilities are wide-ranging and depend upon volunteer’s skills and interest, but may include: assisting with the implementation of a cultural or legal orientation program; organizing group events; developing and managing relationships with parishes, universities, and community-based organizations; designing more effective client intake processes and program monitoring tools; assisting in entering client information into various tracking systems; running client services reports. The intern may also be involved in grant research and grant writing to support and expand the services of each program. He/she must have strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to maintaining effective and professional work relationships. Volunteer with an interest in social services, social policy and practice, or immigrant and refugee issues highly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Spanish, Arabic, Burmese or other languages valued. Available as an internship for credit to Tulane students. Schedule: flexible Monday - Friday (9am -5pm) with possible evening or weekend time. Must commit to at least 8 hrs/week for 3-4 months.

Metairie, LA

Through 5/31/19

Family Night

This is a great project for families to come and serve the community together. We ask all volunteers be over 7 years old.

Baton Rouge, LA

11/13/18 6:00 PM +more

Veterans Day of Service

We will be partnering with Guerrilla Garden for Veterans Day Weekend!! We will be doing some light construction and rehabilitation at Guerrilla Garden in the Lower 9th Ward. Guerrilla Garden is a project of The Backyard Gardeners Network: http://backyardgardenersnetwork.org/ We will be building, painting, weeding and other light tasks. A little about Guerrilla Garden: VISION – A vibrant greenspace in place of blighted land where families can congregate and socialize, grow vegetables and pick from fruit trees. The Guerrilla Garden is a project conceived, developed and implemented by Lower Ninth Ward residents committed to community revitalization. Beginning in April 2009, residents and waves of volunteers from around the country have worked together clearing this lot, planning the space, securing resources. Once an overgrown dumping ground, this space is now a beautiful community green space, featuring a small fruit tree grove, a shade structure, raised garden beds, and an outdoor kitchen space. The Guerrilla Garden is about community building and community ownership, eliminating blight and improving food access. It is meant to be a place for folks of all ages to get together and learn from each other. Food and drinks will be provided. No experience is necessary. Children are welcome to attend.

New Orleans, LA

11/10/18 9:00 AM

Vermilionville Boo Bayou Fall Festival

Event: Vermilionville’s Boo Bayou Fall Festival More About the Event: A fall festival where anyone can enjoy trick-or-treating in the secure environment of Vermilionville's historic village. The festival will include games, a picture station, face painting, trick-or-treating through the historic village, food, and live entertainment. Event Time: 10AM-3PM When: Saturday, October 20th, 2018 Where: Vermilionville Museum 300 Fisher RD, Lafayette LA 70508 Admission: $5 per person, children 2 and under get in free ($1 discount for members) Volunteer Opportunity: Vermilionville needs help with the children’s games in the courtyard area and the trick or treating stations in the historic village. At the game stations volunteers will assist children in fun and free activities. At the trick or treat stations in the village volunteers will handout trinkets to children. Volunteer Shift Times: 9:30AM to 2:30PM. Complimentary lunch provided to those who volunteer for the full shift. What to Wear: Halloween costumes encouraged, but please get your costume approved by the Director of Community Outreach -- contact information listed below. Please dress in comfortable, weather appropriate attire. Please do not wear revealing clothing, clothing that displays any drug or drug paraphernalia references, or any obscene words or images. Volunteers who do not adhere to these guidelines will be sent home. Quick Tips: To be conmfortable during your shift feel free to bring water in a closed container, snacks, and mosquito repellent. RSVP: Please contact the Director of Community Outreach to confirm your time and activity: 337-233-4077, ext. 207 or Outreach@BayouVermilionDistrict.org.

Lafayette, LA

10/20/18 9:30 AM

Boo at the Zoo

Would you like to help out with the Zoo's annual merry-not-scary trick-or-treating extravaganza?! Then come volunteer at Boo at the Zoo on October 20, 21, 27, 28! We are looking for group volunteers to help with handing out candy, the hay maze, and more! If you would like to be a part of the action please respond here or email DTatsch@brzoo.org to receive more information! All volunteers MUST be at least 15 years of age

Zachary, LA

10/28/18 3:00 PM +more

Sort and Repack Weekend

Volunteers will be sorting and packing food donations accordingly.

Baton Rouge, LA

12/29/18 8:00 AM +more

Sort and Repack

Volunteers will be sorting and packing food donations accordingly.

Baton Rouge, LA

11/28/18 1:00 PM +more

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