Following the impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, LSU students felt compelled to respond to the needs of the affected communities. These efforts led to the formation of the student group, Volunteer LSU, whose mission is to promote and coordinate volunteer opportunities, build partnerships within the community, and instill a lifelong commitment to service.
Since then, Volunteer LSU has organized events such as Community Bound, the annual Sweet Olive Cemetery Clean-Up, and Spring Greening Day. Each focus area of Volunteer LSU seeks to address a specific need in the community by engaging LSU students in direct service.
Our projects range from the on-going Tigers Tutoring Program to international service trips. Although we provide a variety of projects, our purpose is always the same – to create a better world.
The Youth and Education Focus Area helps schools and students in the Baton Rouge area through fun activities, building community, and direct assistance in education. We strive to improve children’s lives.
- Tigers Tutoring
The Baton Rouge Restoration and Beautification Focus Area connects volunteers with the Baton Rouge community through remediation projects on culturally significant areas.
- Lincoln Theatre Restoration Project
- Sweet Olive Cemetery Clean-Up
The Civic Engagement and Awareness Focus Area brings attention to societal challenges such as poverty, abuse, hunger, homelessness, prejudice and encourages LSU students to help address these issues through community service. In this way, the surrounding LSU community benefits from long-term sustained partnership and students gain an improved perspective of society.
- BR Food Bank Hands On Line
- Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless (CAAH) Survey of Vulnerability
- EBR Housing Authority Needs Assessment
Did you know one in three American youth are overweight or obese?* The Health and Wellness Focus Area works to educate LSU students and the community about health issues, healthy lifestyles, and disease prevention.
There currently are no projects scheduled for this Focus Area. If you are interested in assisting in planning a project or would like to have LSU students volunteer for your organization which addresses health and wellness issues, please contact Volunteer LSU.
*Source: American Heart Association
The Disaster Recovery and Response Focus Area educates LSU students about disaster preparedness, emergency response, and continued recovery efforts through direct service projects.
Last spring, a group of students volunteered at the St. Bernard Project to continue rebuilding efforts in the Greater New Orleans Area. If a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tornado impacts a community within 500 miles of LSU, this focus area plans to send a group of students to volunteer in the impacted community.
This is a brand new Focus Area to VLSU in the 2013-14 school year. The Environmental Focus Area is dedicated to educating LSU students about environmental issues. Please stay tuned for more information about upcoming projects for this focus area. If you are interested in assisting in planning a project or would like to have LSU students volunteer for your environmental organization, please contact Volunteer LSU.
The Student Director guides VLSU leaders through creating a vision for the organization, serves as a liaison between VLSU and outside entities, and represents VLSU at meetings and events. The Student Director meets weekly with the advisor and/or graduate assistant(s) of VLSU and the VLSU Directors.
The Membership Director acts as the Student Director in his/her absence. The Membership Director is responsible for coordinating presentations for General Meetings and planning at least one service project a semester for VLSU leaders.
Focus Area Director
The Focus Area Director, provides advice to LSU groups planning service opportunities, and supports Focus Area Chairs to create, plan, and implement programs. The Focus Area Director meets weekly with the Student Director.
Special Events Director
The Special Events Director supports Special Events Coordinators through all stages of creating, planning, and implementing programs including CHANGE Breaks. The Special Events Director meets weekly with the Student Director.
The Communications Director records and shares minutes of VLSU weekly meetings. The Communications Director creates a VLSU communications plan for the year, which includes maintaining the VLSU email account, composing the VLSU Weekly Email, social media, and website management. The Communications Director meets weekly with the Student Director.
The Operations Director approves financial requests from VLSU leaders and compiles budget reports after each VLSU event. The Operations Director aids in creating a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year and updates officers of current budget at weekly meetings. The Operations Director maintains the VLSU Constitution, propose amendments, and holds VLSU accountable for abiding by its established constitution. The Operations Director meets weekly with the Student Director.
Special Events Coordinator
The Special Events Coordinator(s) serve as the student chairs of Community Bound, conduct weekly Community Bound Planning Committee meetings during the Spring and Summer semesters, and regularly communicate with all stakeholders of Community Bound. The Special Events Coordinator(s) must also create, plan, and implement one large scale project per semester for a minimum of 80 students, as well as an ongoing service project for VLSU members to participate in.
BR Restoration and Beautification Focus Area Chair
The Baton Rouge Restoration and Beautification Focus Area Chair creates, plans, and implements at least two service initiatives per semester centered on restoration and/or beautification of the Baton Rouge community.
Civic Awareness and Engagement Focus Area Chair
The Civic Awareness and Engagement Focus Area Chair creates, plans, and implements at least two service initiatives per semester centered on educating LSU students about social issues in society.
Disaster Response Focus Area Chair
The Disaster Response Focus Area Chair creates, plans, and implements at least two service initiatives per semester centered on educating LSU students about disaster preparedness and/or emergency response.
Health and Wellness Focus Area Chair
The Health and Wellness Focus Area Chair creates, plans, and implements at least two service initiatives per semester centered on educating LSU students about health issues, healthy lifestyles and/or disease prevention/control.
Youth and Education Focus Area Chair
The Youth and Education Focus Area Chair creates, plans, and implements at least two service programs or initiatives per semester centered on educating LSU students about youth and/or education.
Environmental Focus Area Chair
The Environmental Focus Area Chair creates, plans, and implements at least two service programs or initiatives per semester centered on educating LSU students about environmental issues.