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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

For more information see attachment.

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

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge - Summer Readers

One Book. Thirty Minutes. Great Futures.

Join us for our Summer Read Aloud!

Every summer the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge provides a Summer Enrichment Program for more than 500 youth. During this six-week program, students participate in our Summer Brain Gain program to prevent summer learning loss.

A critical part of our summer program is Summer Read-Aloud. Each morning volunteer Summer Readers visit our sites to read their favorite childhood book to Boys & Girls Club members. Summer Read-Aloud takes place from 8:30-9:00am at six different school sites.

To sign up for this fun and meaningful opportunity, visit the Summer Enrichment website here and select the date and school you would like to volunteer for!

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


O'Brien House Essay Contest LA High School Students

Today, many of the youth in our community walk around in silence when dealing with addiction in their family or with a close friend, not knowing who they can talk to, who they can trust or where they can go for help.

O'Brien House is hosting their first essay contest for high school students, grade 9th through 12th grade. The constest's purpose is to offer a creative outlet to young people who have been personally touched by addition in order to provide therapy and increase awareness about the effects of addiction among today's youth.

The contest launched on June 12th, 2017 and will run throughout the summer and the beginning of the school year. The deadline for submission is September 1st, 2017. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at the O'Brien House Annual Breakfast on September 13th, 2017. The first place winner will be awarded $1000, second place will recieve $300, and third place will recieve $200.

Spread the word and encourage as many high school students as possible to write an essay of their experiences and enter the contest for a chance to win. Together we can make a difference in the healing process in a young person's life by giving them a voice through their writing!

Rules for the contest and guidelines for submission can be found at

Please share the news of this opportunity with others by downloading the flyer or sharing on social media through Facebook and Instagram. Click here to download flyer.

Cancer Services - Camp Registration Is Open

Summer is just around the corner and that means it's almost CAMP TIME! Registration is open for our THREE, free of charge, camp programs for children affected by cancer in our community. Click here to learn more and for registration forms.

Camp Spotlight: June 12-16, 2017
Cancer Services and the Manship Theatre present Camp Spotlight, a theater camp for children (ages 8-12) affected by cancer. Children will sing, dance and have a great time while mastering their acting skills. Campers will focus on these disciplines while working on a final performance with scenes and songs from some of their favorite musicals! LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

Camp Climb: June 26-30, 2017
Camp Climb is a weeklong summer day camp for children (ages 6-12) who have a parent or guardian with cancer. Camp Climb gives campers a therapeutic and fun filled experience with other kids in similar situations. Campers enjoy various activities such as laser tag, bowling and more! Additionally, children are given the opportunity to develop age appropriate, individualized coping skills and given the emotional support to help with feelings associated with a parent or guardian having cancer.

Camp Care: July 17-21, 2017
Camp Care is a weeklong summer day camp for children (ages 5-13) with cancer and their siblings. Campers enjoy varied activities including fishing, rock climbing, laser tag, movies and much more. An on-site nurse or doctor provides medical oversight while the children have fun in a safe and relaxed environment.

Cancer Services - Captial Chef's Showcase

Thursday, September 7 | 6:30 p.m.
Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza
for info & tickets:


Improving life for those living with cancer in the Greater Baton Rouge community


Save the date for the 35th annual Capital Chef's Showcase! Delectable cuisine, silent and live auctions, entertainment, FUN NEW SURPRISES and more! Click here for more information.

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

October 12, 2017

More information to come.

Consortium 10/31 - Save the Date

The 10/31 Consortium is embracing the heat and ramping up events to celebrate our favorite time of the year...Halloween.

Below is a list of our upcoming events. Day, date, time and venue are listed and each listing includes a link for more information. Coverage of each event is requested and much appreciated.

10/31 Consortium Awards Luncheon - 11am - 1pm, Friday, July 28, 2017, OLOL Foundation Hall.
For more information on the luncheon, including a list of awards and nominees, click here.
For a list of past winners, click here.

Black and Orange Bash - 7 - 11pm, Saturday, July 29, 2017, The River Room.
For more information on Black and Orange Bash, click here.

Shiver Me Timbers Pirate Scavenger Hunt - 6pm - Midnight, Hunt begins at The Station Sports Bar and Grill and ends at Lava Cantina, with the "hunt" taking place all over town.
For more information on the Shiver Me Timbers Pirate Scavenger Hunt, click here.

Ghostly Gala Masquerade Ball - 8pm - Midnight, Location TBA.
For more information on the Ghostly Gala Masquerade Ball, click here.

Fifolet Halloween Festival - Various times, October 26 - 28, 2017, Locations throughout Baton Rouge. Features costumed race, Halloween parade, live music, contests, pub crawl, family and adult fun.
For more information on the Fifolet Halloween Festival, click here.

Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Mile Race - 8am, downtown Baton Rouge. This is no ordinary 5k. This is 3.14 mile long race on the Mississippi River Levee is exactly 200ft longer than a 5k. ad, it is Baton Rouge's only Halloween costume race!
For more information on the Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Mile Race, click here.

Halloween Town - Family festival immediately following the Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Mile Race, downtown Baton Rouge on the levee green next to the USS Kidd.
For more information on Halloween Town, click here.

Baton Rouge Halloween Parade - 2pm, downtown Baton Rouge.
For more information on the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade, click here.

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.