The organizers of “Geaux BIG Baton Rouge,” one of LSU’s biggest days of community service, are accepting requests for volunteers to tackle a variety of projects for homeowners, schools, churches and nonprofits who are in need of assistance.
Those interested need to get their requests in by the Thanksgiving Day deadline, said Margo Jolet, associate director of marketing and communications for LSU Student Life.
Jolet said the group is able to accept about 60 more sites for volunteer work that will be done in April.
More than 1,700 students registered to serve last year, doing things such as painting, yard work, cleaning, visiting with the elderly and working with animal rescuers.
She said the event is intended as a “thank you” from the students for the support the community gives LSU. The volunteer work is restricted to East Baton Rouge Parish, but there are no restrictions based on socio-economic status, Jolet said.
Those interested should visit lsu.edu/geauxbig or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register, or call 225-578-5160 to have a form mailed or emailed to them. Organizers also encourage people to refer friends and neighbors who could use a hand.
The requests will go through a vetting process, Jolet said, to ensure that the scope and complicated nature of the work match with what can be done by the student volunteers.