04/19/2013 11:58 AM
BATON ROUGE – Volunteer LSU, an organization within LSU Campus Life, will be celebrating volunteers and inspiring new volunteers to take a service challenge during National Volunteer Week, a part of Points of Light’s national call to service, from April 22-26 on campus.
All events are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Every event will accommodate walk-up volunteers on the day of service.
LSU’s National Volunteer Week will kick off with Geaux BIG Baton Rouge, a single day of service across East and West Baton Rouge Parishes. Geaux BIG has assigned 1,000 volunteers to approximately 80 home, nonprofit and school sites.
Then, LSU will host National Volunteer Week events each day in Free Speech Plaza:
|Monday, April 22||Volunteer Recognition Day, Free Speech Plaza|
|9 a.m.–2 p.m.||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.|
|Tuesday, April 23||Kitchens on the Geaux Potato Drop, LSU Parade Ground|
|10 a.m.–2p.m.||Volunteers will help bag 25,000 pounds of “ugly” potatoes that cannot be sold by grocers but are otherwise good to eat. Potatoes will be donated by local farmers. The bagged potatoes will then be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.|
|Wednesday, April 24||Hands for Hope, Free Speech Plaza|
|9 a.m.–2 p.m.||Volunteer LSU is partnering with the Jetson Youth Center to raise awareness and support for juvenile justice across Louisiana. Volunteers can participate by sending handmade cards with inspirational notes to the children. In conjunction with the cards, LSU will collect school supplies that will be donated to Jetson Youth Center.|
|Thursday, April 25||Cranes for Cancer, Free Speech Plaza|
|9 a.m.–2 p.m.||Make a paper crane inscribed with a wish for a child battling cancer. This activity draws inspiration from a Japanese tradition, which purports that a wish will be granted for every 1,000 cranes folded. The cranes will be sent to local cancer centers to brighten the patients’ day. Monetary donations will also be accepted for the cancer centers.|
|Friday, April 26||Spring Greening Day, Various campus locations|
|10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||In partnership with LSU Campus Life, LSU Facility Services and LSU Sustainability, students, faculty and staff will come together to beautify grounds around LSU’s campus. This annual service day will also include a Sustainability Expo in Free Speech Plaza until 1 p.m.|
Points of Light is the world’s leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history motivating and harnessing people to create positive change and address the critical needs of our communities. Points of Light believes people are the center of change and focuses on four ways people can get involved: time, talent, money and voice.
Volunteer LSU is the university’s center for community service and involvement. The organization promotes and coordinates volunteer opportunities, builds partnerships within the community and instills a lifelong commitment to service. Campus Life enhances student learning through innovative initiatives that enrich the student experience through three tenets: leadership, service and involvement.
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013