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Capital Area United Way – “Power of 9” - The Power of 9 Awards celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and by putting the spotlight on the diversity of volunteers in our community. The individuals, friends, community groups and corporations freely give of their time, talent and energy to help organizations meet their mission. In partnership with WAFB Channel 9 and sponsored by Capital One Bank, we support these heroes in our community by honoring one (or more) special volunteers each month, featured on a segment produced and aired by WAFB. In addition, we recognize all the Power of 9 recipients and highlight the organizations with which they volunteer at a banquet held each January. Nominate a Volunteer: Do you know a volunteer or group of volunteers that have made a difference for you and your community? Please nominate them for the Power of 9 Honors Award today. Nominations are accepted throughout the year (please see attached).  For more information contact Ashley Montagnino at

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Capital Area United Way is partnering with Roonga, Inc., to offer a new way of helping local agencies get the critical supplies they need.  Roonga’s online collection drives streamline in-kind donations so agencies get exactly what they need in quantities that they need – with less work! – and donors purchase items in greatest need.

How do these online collection drives benefit our community?

·         For local agencies, Roonga’s drives remove the uncertainties of the traditional offline drive.  Instead of receiving collection barrels where items need to be reviewed, sorted, and sometimes discarded, agencies specify exactly what they need (items, brand, quantity).  Donors purchase from their “registry” and all the supplies are delivered in bulk at the end, minimizing the need to store, review, and sort donations.  

·         For companies interested in maximizing their impact, Roonga’s online drives ensure that employees are donating items that are truly needed – without having to manage the logistics of collecting and transporting supplies.  Companies create team drives derived from the items selected by an agency, and a dedicated page tracks progress in real-time.  All the supplies are delivered directly to the nonprofit, along with the other items donated by other teams and donors, all at one time – reducing the overhead for nonprofits to process these donations.

Register for a free, 30-minute consultation session by clicking here

Contact for questions:

Marc Zucker
Community Manager
(650) 740-7833

UREC's College & Career Ready After School Program is Accepting Applications - Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Program open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

  • ACT Prep
  • College Readiness
  • Campus Tours
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Homework Labs
  • No Cost to Participate

For more information, contact: Ms. Kathryn Robinson at (225) 356-8871 ext. 204 or
Download the Application Here!

UREC's Baton Rouge High School Students Invited to Apply for the 2017 IGNITE Summer Program - (Formerly NBR Youth Development)

IGNITE is an interactive after-school and summer initiative that prepares high school students to "create the jobs of tomorrow" through entrepreneurship training, college readiness and career preparation.

College Readiness Program Prepare for the college admissions process and identify your future career path.

ACT Boot Camp Conquer the ACT and develop test taking skills.

Entrepreneurship Institute & Summer Job Embrace your entrepreneurial talents and experience business in action.

Apply Today at
Eligibility - High School Student

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Letter of Referral from Teacher or Councelor | (225) 356-8871 |

Register Here

Women in Media to hold Attire for Hire Clothing Drive - Saturday, April 29

Women in Media is partnering with Kean's Fine Dry Cleaning to host its Attire for Hire Clothing Drive to collect gently used or new professional women's clothing and accessories to benefit women reentering the workplace in the Baton Rouge community. The drive will be held 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at the Kean's Fine Dry Cleaning, 8967 Jefferson Highway at I-12 in Baton Rouge. All donors will recieve a coupon for $5 off at Kean's Fine Dry Cleaning for their generosity.

The clothing collected goes directly to organizations dedicated to improving the lives of women in the greater Baton Rouge community. These organizations support women who struggle with financial issues, are victims of mental and physical abuse, and who are recovering from alcohol and drug addictions by providing counseling, therapy, education, job training and employment assistance.

Items needed on April 29 include business suits, professional blouses, slacks, dresses, scarves, shoes and purses. There is a special need for plus-size clothing. Women in Media respectfully requests items be clean, in good condition (no rips, tears, broken zippers, etc.), and on a hanger. Visit or email Rachele Smith at for more information.

"Attire for Hire continues to support underprivileged women in our community by furnishing them with professional clothing for job interviews and the self-confidence needed to gain successful employment. We are proud to continue serving Baton Rouge with this event and could not do it without that continued support of our partners and the generous women in our community," said Beth Colvin, president of Women in Media.

"We have been involved with Women in Media to support this clothing drive since its inception. Thier dedication to the success of Attire for Hire has been our inspiration to help promote community involvement for this worthy cause," said Missy Rockenbaugh, Kean's Fine Dry Cleaning.

In more than 10 years, Attire for Hite has donated an estimated 12,000 items of clithing to women in need. Past recipient organizations include A Door for Hope, Baton Rouge Community College Career Center, Cenikor Foundation, Faith Family Outreach Center, HOPE Ministries, O'Brien House, St. Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge, Women's Community Rehabilitation Center (WCRC), Women Outreaching Women and others.

Women in Media is a professional women's organization with membership consisting of a diverse group of women in all facets of Baton Rouge media business including radio, television, marketing, public relations and promotions. Our greatest asset is the effectiveness of organizational networking. The organization holds an annial Awads of Excellence luncheon, which honors our professional peers, and endows a $1,000 scholarship annually to a senior in college studying in the field of journalism/mass communication, theater; or a related media field. Our luncheon meetings take place on the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Galatoire's Bistro and cover everything from business etiquette to marketing success stories. Visit for more information.

For more information call Rachele Smith at 225-387-0561 or email

P.O. Box 80215 | Baton Rouge, LA 70898 |

Flood Proof: Legal Help for Homeowners with Title Problems - Is proving that you own your home a barrier to disaster recovery? Were you denied FEMA or other assistance? Did someone pass away, making you the owner of your family home?

You may qualify for this free service if:

  • Your property was damaged in the 2016 flood
  • Your flooded home is your primary residence or it was and you plan to rebuild
  • Your property is loacted in East Baton Rouge, Livingston, or Ascension Parish
  • You meet income eligibility guidelines

You can reach us in different ways:
Call: 1-844-244-7871
Apply Online:
Walk-In: Monday & Wednesday, 1-4p.m., 715 St. Ferdinand St., Baton Rouge, LA

For more information check out our Flyer

10/31 Consortium to Host 7th Annual Peanut Butter Cup Mini Golf Tournament

Baton Rouge, LA - The 10/31 Consortium, the folks who present the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade, will host the 7th Annual Peanut Butter Cup Mini-Golf Tournament, Friday, May 19, 2017, beginning at 6:30pm at All Star Lanes, 9829 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. Dress for the event is casual, costume or "golf-tastic."

The tournament, a fundraiser and "Halfoween" celebration for the consortium, is open to the public. Teams of up to 4 players will compete in a unique game of mini golf where living obstacles appear on the enchanted course. The team with the best 18-hole score wins a peanut butter cup filled trophy. The coveted Orange Jacket will be awarded to the highest individual adult score and a special trophy will be awarded to the best individual score posted by a child under 12.

Teams may register on the 10/31 Consortium website at

Entry fees* are as follows:
$40 for Adult golfers
$25 for children 12 and under
*10/31 Consortium members at the Full or Harvest Moon levels will automatically recieve 20% off the registration fee when properly logged into the organization's website.

Entry fee includes 18 holes of mini-golf, 2 return passes for bowling, and a private 10/31 Consortium BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad and sodas.

Those wishing to attend the event as non-playing spectators or as a caddie for players may do so for $20. This non-playing fee includes admission to the course and access to the private barbeque. Volunteers are also able to sign up as a Living Obstacle to help entertain guests and make the competition more challenging for golfers. Spectators, caddies and volunteers can sign up online at

Sponsorships are still available for $250 and include a complimentary foru (4) person team, swag bag inclusion, logo on all event signage and other perks. Those interested in sponsoring the event should email

Attendees who bring non-parishable food items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will be entered into the drawing for door prizes. Attendees are also encouraged to donate a new or gently used children's Halloween costume for the 10/31 Consortium Costume Drive to benefit the youth served by the Big Buddy Program.

Understanding the Dynamics of Poverty

The Nuts and Bolts of Understanding Poverty. Click Here to register today


Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT


Louisiana Resource Center for Educators
5550 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Don't miss Understanding the Dynamics of Poverty workshop 2017! This training is designed to help participants understand the challenges and barriers people face who have grown up in generational poverty. We discuss things like quality of life indicators, learned behaviors, language and family background. We use exercises to drive home a point and encourage active participation.

This training counts as six (6) hours of CEU for the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Early Bird Rate is $225 if you register by Friday, May 19th.

After the 19th the rate is $250.


If you are interested in having a customized training for your organization or company, please contact us at the number below.

For more information about this training, please contact HOPE Ministries at 225-355-0702

Warmest Regards,
Jane Simmons
HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge

John A. Manda Jr. Memorial. Golf Classic

The 2017 John A. Manda Jr. Golf Classic will take place on Monday, May 8th. Located at the Bluffs on Thompson Creek in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

Registration Opens at 9:00a.m. Shotgun at 10a.m.

To register your team or become a sponsor visit

Contact Melody Watson at or 225.383.3928 for more information

10th Annual Plane Pull Competition & Festival - Save the Date

October 12, 2017

More information to come.

Annual Celebrate the Family (UPDATE)- has been postponed until next year as a result of the flood.

On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 10:35 AM, E Gibson <> wrote:

Good Morning,

On November 10, 2016, Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge will honor three exceptional families from our community at the 23rd Annual Celebrate the Family Gala.  The families are nominated by the community and selected from a committee of volunteers based on their experiences in one or more of the following areas: overcoming adversity, community service, personal faith or the highest levels of continued love, caring and respect within their family unit.

The “Special Family” awards recognize the importance of healthy families, whatever the structure, and their role in caring for each other as individuals, as family members, and as members of our community.

Selected families will be honored at our 23rd Annual Gala, Celebrate the Family/ An All Red Affair, to be held November 10, 2016 at The Capitol Park Welcome Center located at 702 N. River Road.