One of LSU’s most valued traditions is giving back to its community. Each year, LSU celebrates this tradition by partaking in National Volunteer Week. This week is filled with opportunities for students to give back to their community and ends with one of the university’s biggest days of service – Geaux Big Baton Rouge.
According to Associate Director of Campus Life Margo Jolet, this year’s Geaux Big event brought out a record number of students.
“I am excited to see a crowd this big,” She said. “We had 1,656 students register, and I believe we had 120 teams. So, this is a huge effort for the fourth year. We keep growing year after year.”
Jolet explained that Geaux Big began as a student idea four years ago and has now become an event that many look forward to.
“Geaux Big is a ‘thank you’ event,” she said. “It’s intended to thank the Baton Rouge community for everything that the community does to support our campus and our students. So this is a day we take job site requests from anybody in the Baton Rouge community – churches, schools, homeowners, non-profit, some small businesses even.”
This year, the event had over 70 job sites registered. Participants, such as members of Delta Gamma sorority, got fulfillment from the event for different reasons.
“It’s a fun way to give back. I’m excited to help someone and also I get to hang out with my friends,” business sophomore Ashley Barbier said.
Biology sophomore Margaret Mangelli was excited to help the community.
“DG is my sorority and our motto is ‘do good’ so not only do we get to do good for Service for Sight, which is our [philanthropy] in the Delta Gamma foundation…but we go out into the community and do other services too so, events like this is just exciting to me.”
Delta Gamma’s job site included helping a local resident clean up a walk-in closet and home garden.
Kinesiology sophomore Elise Fourchy explained that events such as Geaux Big are great ways for students like herself, who may not have time to do as much giving back throughout the year, to be able to take an entire day to serve their community.
Executive Director of Geaux Big Baton Rouge Ashley Folse agreed with Fourchy.
“Geaux Big unites the student body to the community,” she said. “Since it’s a one day event, It’s a great way for students who may not have a lot of time to volunteer weekly or who may just want to do a great service today with an organization to be able to give and give back to the community in one day.”