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

May 2017



Leadership LSU Students serving at the Family and Youth Service Center


LSU held its fifth annual Geaux BIG Baton Rouge on Saturday, April 1st. Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is implemented and planned by 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 were present for the kickoff.

Approximately 1,690 LSU student, faculty and staff volunteers donated their time and energy to provide support to over 70 different sites in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

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 provided 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.

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.

This article is adapted from a press release by LSU’s Alison Satake. For the original article, please visit: