Geaux BIG Frequently Asked Questions

What is Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is a large, one-day service experience that unites LSU student volunteers and the surrounding Baton Rouge community.

What is the purpose of Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

Ultimately, the goal of our organization is to encourage our entire student body to serve our neighboring residents.

Do I qualify to be a site for Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

If you are a homeowner, or rent and have the permission of the homeowner, you qualify regardless of your socioeconomic status.  Non-profit organizations, churches, schools and community groups qualify as well.  The site must be within a 30 minute commute from LSU.

How do I become a site for Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

In February 2020, LSU students will contact you to complete a job site check. Job site checks will consist of students meeting with you to learn more about projects that need to be completed and whether volunteers can work at your site. If your site meets the job site check requirements, you will be designated as a Geaux BIG Baton Rouge job site.

What do I need to supply?

We will provide basic tools for outdoor yard work such as shovels, racks, hoes, trash bags, or gloves. We will also provide supplies for basic indoor cleaning such as paper towels, Windex, or gloves.

When is Geaux BIG and what time should I expect volunteers?

This year Geaux BIG will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Volunteers should arrive at the job site around 9 a.m. and should be able to complete all tasks before 12 p.m.  If volunteers are unable to complete requested tasks within the four hour window, they will not be able to return at another time to do so.

What happens if it rains?

If there is light rain, the event will still happen on Saturday, April 4, 2020. For severe weather, the rain date is Saturday, April 18. 

Does someone have to be there the entire time?

Yes, the job site owner, or a representative, needs to be at the job site at all time while volunteers are present.

Do I need to provide food or water to volunteers?

No, we will ensure that volunteers have water and we will provide lunch for all volunteers once they return to campus at 12 p.m. You are free to provide refreshment to volunteers but you are not required to do so.

How many volunteers will you send?

It depends on the amount and type of work that is requested by the job site. In previous years, we have sent as few as 4 volunteers to a site while we have sent as many as 100 to others.

Who volunteers for Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

Volunteers are generally LSU students, staff and faculty.  Most do not have a background in construction, landscaping and/or other skilled trades.

Am I liable for volunteers while they are at my job site?

No, all volunteers agree to the University’s Hold Harmless Agreement.  You will also be asked to sign a hold harmless agreement in which you agree to protect, release, indemnify, and hold harmless Geaux BIG Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University.  This is done during the job site check.