01/23/2013 09:33 AM
BATON ROUGE – Do you or someone you know need help fixing up your yard or painting your house? Or, do you know an area school or non-profit group that needs help? LSU is currently accepting applications from area residents interested in obtaining volunteers to assist them with completing work at their homes, schools and non-profit groups through the Geaux BIG Baton Rouge service project.
More than 1,000 LSU students, staff and faculty are expected to come together with Baton Rouge residents for the inaugural Geaux BIG Baton Rouge service project on April 20. More than 100 work sites are anticipated for the day, and projects will range from working in yards and painting, to cleaning homes and visiting with the elderly. Volunteers will work to improve homes, schools and non-profit organizations. Applicants can complete the job request form until Feb. 2 at http://geauxbig.lsu.edu.
Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is a one-day event that seeks to unite LSU students and Baton Rouge residents through service in order to strengthen the university’s relationship with the community. Volunteers will focus on real needs within the city limits by working on projects identified by Baton Rouge residents, in areas including Old South Baton Rouge, Mid-City and North Baton Rouge. Geaux Big Baton Rouge is modeled after “The Big Event” program, which was established in 1982 at Texas A&M University.
LSU students, staff and faculty, including student organizations, can also register to volunteer between Jan. 22 and March 18 by visiting http://geauxbig.lsu.edu. Volunteering is a great way to learn about the community and Baton Rouge through meaningful service activities. It also gives volunteers the opportunity to meet other students, staff, faculty and community members.
Supporters of Geaux BIG Baton Rouge include the LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership; LSU Community University Partnership; LSU Residence Hall Association; the City of Baton Rouge – Office of the Mayor-President; and Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance.
Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is a student organization within Campus Life. The mission of Campus Life is to enhance student learning through innovative leadership, service and involvement initiatives that enrich the LSU experience.
Media Note: Representatives from Campus Life and Geaux BIG Baton Rouge are available for interviews and/or appearances on morning shows to discuss the request for applicants and volunteers to participate. For more information, please contact Melissa Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-578-3869.
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013