LSU Geaux BIG Baton Rouge Volunteers to Serve across Two Parishes April 20
BATON ROUGE – The inaugural Geaux BIG Baton Rouge event will be held on Saturday, April 20, beginning with an opening ceremony at the LSU University Recreation softball field at 7:55 a.m.
Geaux BIG Baton Rouge has been planned and implemented by an LSU student organization that shares the name with the event, and is supported and advised by LSU Campus Life. The event is sponsored by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.
LSU Interim Chancellor and President William Jenkins, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell, Vice Chancellor of Student Life and Enrollment Kurt Keppler and City of Baton Rouge Chief Service Officer Kia Bickham will be present for the opening ceremony.
Approximately 1,000 LSU students, faculty and staff volunteers will then depart the university in teams and serve until 1 p.m. at approximately 30 work sites.
Homeowners and nonprofits across East and West Baton Rouge Parishes submitted requests for help completing a variety of jobs in January and February. Geaux BIG Baton Rouge organizers assessed each site to develop working plans and mitigate safety concerns, and volunteers were divided into teams suited to each site’s needs. This single day of service is expected to provide a more than $88,000 boost to the local economy.
A media tour will be offered throughout the event to provide access to work site owners or managers who have agreed to participate in interviews. Members of the media will be required to check in with Margo Jolet and show official outlet media credentials. The tour will involve the following stops; interviews will not be granted outside of this designated itinerary:
|7:55 a.m.–8:20 a.m.||Opening Ceremony, University Recreation softball fields, South Campus Drive|
|Local nonprofits and volunteer organizations will be on hand to meet and thank volunteers. Prospective volunteers will be able to identify nonprofits and organizations with which they can serve.|
|9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.||Hope Ministries, 4343 Winborne Avenue|
|Hope Ministries is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help those who are less fortunate to develop personal and professional skills to attain sustainable employment, thus eliminating the need for government assistance. Ten to 15 volunteers will be painting and cleaning the food pantry, which is open three days a week and feeds approximately 400 families per month.|
|10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.||Home of Mildred Trim, 3165 Mission Drive|
|Trim is an elderly, retired widow who needs help with interior painting, gardening and mending a front patio roof. Approximately 15 volunteers will be on site.|
|11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.||Capitol High School, 1000 N. 23rd Street|
|Capitol High School is a Recovery School District school in need of sheetrock repair, termite removal, cleaning, repainting, sanding and repairing ceiling tiles, among other tasks, that is preparing to open the gym for graduation exercises for the first time in more than a decade. Earlier this month, the gym lights were turned on for the first time in 15 years. Approximately 15 volunteers, led by the LSU Construction Student Association, have been on hand to get the school back in shape for graduation in May. Approximately 80 volunteers will be on site to help finalize the preparation for graduation. Principal Roy Walker will be available for interviews.|
Media parking for the opening ceremony will be available in the “X” lot located directly behind the University Recreation Center.
Geaux BIG Baton Rouge has planned and will implement this one day service event to unite LSU students and Baton Rouge residents through service in order to build a positive relationship with the community in which students 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.