volunteer opportunities

http://www.casaofnela.org/

The Center for Children and Families is encouraging community members to volunteer to be a CASA for a child in the foster care program.   A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, advocates for a child in need by being a steady presence in the child's life.

https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayOfNortheastLouisiana/app/212097992149339/

United Way is excited to enter into its sixth year of the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program. Launched in 2012, the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program has broadened into 13 schools reaching more than 900 students. 

READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. is a program designed to help get second and third grade students reading at or above their grade level. Over the course of a school year READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. puts anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 books into the hands of students. 

alz.org

Tuesday July 18, the Walk to End Alzheimer's is holding a team recruitment party at 6:30 p.m. at Azalea Estates Assisted Living for people interested in helping with the walk in November. 

The Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held November 4. This organization raises awareness about Alzheimer's as well as funds to find a cure to this disease. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and an estimated 85,000 people are diagnosed with this disease in Louisiana alone. 

Alan Barth / Camp Quality

Camp Quality is an international organization that helps serves families with kids dealing with cancer. This year is the Louisiana Camp Quality's 28th year of service to the community.

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This past Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana, HATS, hosted an open house for people in the community interested in volunteering for their program. The HATS program helps serve differently-abled participants from 2 to 60 years old. 

Leslie Vowles, the director of HATS,  explains that horse therapy is a good addition to other types of therapy people may be involved in. The HATS program has seen mobile skills improvement, behavioral improvement, and an increase in self confidence in the participants of the program. 

The Wellspring

It is often too easy to turn a blind eye to the problems facing our community. Sexual assault is one issue that is chronically under-reported because victims often feel too scared or somehow responsible. The Wellspring is working to change this statistic through the use of volunteer advocates.

According to Wellspring statistics, 1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by their eighteenth birthday. In Ouachita Parish, the Wellspring receives eighty to ninety calls a year from victims.