LSU Mobilizes More than 1,600 Volunteers through Geaux BIG Baton Rouge

03/31/2017
LSU Geaux BIG 2016

The fifth annual LSU Geaux BIG Baton Rouge will mobilize thousands of volunteers at community service work sites including the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank throughout the city on April 1.Photo Credit: Eddy Perez, LSU.

BATON ROUGE – The fifth annual Geaux BIG Baton Rouge will be held Saturday, April 1, beginning with an opening kickoff on the LSU Natatorium Field at 8 a.m. Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is implemented and planned by Geaux BIG Baton Rouge, an LSU student organization by the same name, and is supported and advised by LSU Campus Life.

LSU President F. King Alexander, Vice President of Student Affairs Kurt Keppler and Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Barbara Freiberg will be present for the kickoff.

Approximately 1,690 LSU student, faculty and staff volunteers will then depart the university in teams to about 75 work sites and will serve until around noon. Students will then return to campus for lunch.

Keppler will be serving alongside members of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and the Biological Engineering Student Organization at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank located at 10600 South Choctaw Dr. The Food Bank suffered a tremendous loss during the August 2016 flooding when it was inundated with several feet of floodwater. The Food Bank serves 11 parishes, and last year distributed more than 12 million pounds of food.

Students from Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-professional health honor society and Sigma Lambda Gamma Latina multicultural sorority will serve at the home of Baton Rouge resident Cathy Clipps, a 70805 area code resident who lost everything in the August 2016 flood.

“With my husband having work-related injuries, it’s taken longer than I would have liked to get back into our home. We felt like they had forgot about us. At first, we didn’t even see the big debris trucks in our neighborhood. It would be great if we had more projects like the ones that you guys have offered me. I appreciate you. I’m very happy that I was picked for the program,” Clipps said.

Freiberg will serve with almost a dozen groups of students residing in different complexes on the LSU campus at Baton Rouge Cleanup, a project Freiberg organized for her district.

Homeowners and nonprofits across East Baton Rouge Parish submitted requests for help completing a variety of jobs in fall 2016. Geaux BIG Baton Rouge organizers assessed each site to develop work plans and to mitigate safety concerns, and volunteers were divided into teams suited to each site’s needs. According to the Independent Sector’s 2016 data, this single day of service will provide a benefit to the local economy equivalent to more than $115,000.

“I am proud to have seen first-hand the impact that Geaux BIG has had on the Baton Rouge community in my time at LSU and am excited to see the positive results Geaux BIG will bring to the community this year and in the future,” said Chris Fuqua, executive director of Geaux BIG Baton Rouge 2017.

Media parking will be reserved on the north side of the Natatorium just off Nicholson Drive on Chimes Street.

Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is an organization that plans and implements the largest single-day service event at LSU that unites the university community and Baton Rouge residents through service in order to express appreciation for the community’s support. Campus Life enhances student learning through innovative initiatives that enrich the student experience through three tenets: leadership, service and involvement.

 

 

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