By Rickey Miller
Giving back has always been part of the LSU tradition. From collecting can goods for local Baton Rouge food banks during Homecoming to raising money to support local children hospitals – it seems that there are always opportunities for students to give back, which is exactly why November has been dedicated as a month of giving. Margo Jolet, Associate Director of Campus Life, explains some of the opportunities students will have this month to do a good deed.
“We have several events going on in Campus Life,” said Jolet. “These programs are all student-initiated and really demonstrate the LSU Commitment to Community–practicing justice, equality and compassion; respecting the dignity of all persons; contributing positively and being an active citizen in an interdependent world. In this, the 20th anniversary year of the LSU Commitment to Community, what better way to end the year?”
So what are these events? Well, we’re glad you asked…
Friday Night Out
November 13 at 5:45 p.m.
This Friday Night at the LSU Women’s Center students will have the opportunity to give back by volunteering to have a night out with kids who have developmental disabilities. This will be a chance for parents to drop their cherished little ones in the hands of caring Tigers and enjoy a few hours doing something for themselves. Volunteer LSU will host the event. Oh, and did we mention there will be games, activities, food and lots of fun for these youth? The event will give these special needs youth an opportunity to mingle with others their age in a nurturing environment.
Iris Day of Giving
November 15 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This event, also hosted by Volunteer LSU, will take place Sunday morning. Volunteers will work to improve the Domestic Violence center’s facilities. Students will meet at LSU and carpool to the Iris Domestic Violence Center in Baton Rouge. About 60 students have already registered to volunteer for this awesome cause to serve the community and those in need. It’s the perfect way to give back!
Historic Cemetery Restoration
November 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
According to the Campus Life website, “Volunteer LSU will be coordinating a cemetery restoration project at the Old Lutheran Cemetery in Baton Rouge. Cemetery restoration work enhances the appearance, safety, and overall atmosphere of the cemetery. This event will honor the history of the site and its inhabitants by means of a cleanup/maintenance day on the grounds.” Although it’s not your typical food bank or outreach type of volunteer work, the event is sure to be a fun experience and a way students can directly serve the community.
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 16 – 22
Kitchens On The Geaux (KOTG) will be hosting a weeklong opportunity for students to give back and learn. KOTG will organize various activities throughout the week to serve and learn about hunger, food insecurity, and homelessness in Baton Rouge. “On Wednesday, November 18 KOTG will host a Hunger Banquet whereby participants will learn about global dynamics of food distribution and how they lead to hunger in different parts of the world,” said Jolet. “The place you sit, and the meal you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw, much like in real life some are born into wealth and others into poverty.”