April – May 2014
About National Volunteer Week
Build up your community and lend a helping hand by participating in National Volunteer Week at LSU. We challenge you to make a positive change as you participate in a week’s worth of free service events. We are still finalizing the week’s schedule, so please check back in the spring semester for details.
2013 National Volunteer Week events included:
- Volunteer Recognition Day: Prospective volunteers will be able to identify nonprofits and organizations with which they can serve.
- Kitchens on the Geaux Potato Drop: Volunteers will help bag 25,000 pounds of “ugly” potatoes that cannot be sold by grocers but are otherwise good to eat. The bagged potatoes will then be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
- Hands for Hope: Volunteers sent handmade cards with inspirational notes to the children in the Louisiana juvenile justice system at Jetson Youth Center.
- Cranes for Cancer: Make a paper crane inscribed with a wish for a child battling cancer. A Japanese tradition purports that a wish will be granted for every 1,000 cranes folded.
- Spring Greening Day: Students, faculty and staff will come together to beautify grounds around LSU’s campus.
All events during National Volunteer Week at LSU are free and open to all LSU and BRCC Bridge Program students, regardless of major or classification.
Volunteer LSU is providing a unique opportunity for students to spend spring break in Florida, however, this is not your typical spring break trip. While in Pensacola, students will learn about environmental issues affecting the Florida Gulf Coast. In Tallahassee, students will learn more about ways college students and policy makers are working to impact their communities.
Prior to the trip, students will meet weekly to get to know each other and learn more about the volunteer work they will be doing. Following their volunteer experiences students will also discuss how the issues in Florida compare with those in their local community and look for ways to continue to make an impact on return.
Volunteer LSU hosted its first spring Change Break trip in 2013, when a group of ten students and two advisors traveled to Cosby, Tennessee to volunteer in some of the impoverished areas in the Appalachian region. Students volunteered at the Sunset Gap Community Center in Cosby and visited the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to learn more about the service and leadership programs and volunteer at a local homeless shelter.
All LSU students are eligible to apply, regardless of major or classification. Students selected for the CHANGE Break trip will have a $100 fee due at their first group meeting in the fall semester. The fee covers transportation, lodging, and most meals on the trip.
If you would like to participate in CHANGE Break: Florida, please submit your résumé and cover letter indicating your interest in CHANGE Break: Florida to Volunteer LSU via e-mail no later than September 30.
Applicants will be contacted via e-mail to schedule an interview.
LSU Career Services can be a great help in developing your résumé and cover letter.
About Spring Greening Day
Spring Greening Day is an annual half-day service project to beautify the LSU campus as well as an opportunity to learn about sustainability and personal practices to support our environment. The event is coordinated in partnership with LSU Landscape Services and the LSU Foundation in support of the Green Tiger Project.
Spring Greening Day begins with a brief opening ceremony in Free Speech Circle.
Spring Greening Day is free and open to all LSU and BRCC Bridge Program students, regardless of major or classification.
You can be the change you want to see in the world and have the experience of a lifetime by becoming a member of the CHANGE Break: Ecuador 2014 team. This summer, the CHANGE Break team will travel to Quito, Ecuador, for an unforgettable, ten-day alternative service break. As a member, you will meet with your teammates bi-weekly until departure to prepare for this service-learning trip.
About CHANGE Break
Fifteen students and three advisors embarked on a 10-day service experience in Peru on May 28, 2013. The group completed construction work and led instruction in an after-school program in Cusco, a large city, and Cai Cay, a small village, in Peru. The group completed various English-teaching and outdoor activities that they had planned throughout the spring semester. Not only did they help impact the lives of those they served, but they experienced a change in themselves.
The participant fee for CHANGE Break Ecuador is $1,100. This fee covers flight, transportation, and accommodations in country, travel insurance, and most meals. You will be responsible for covering your passport and visa if needed (U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa), any vaccinations, souvenirs, and some meals. On October 30, $250 of this fee will be due. The remaining $850 will be due on January 29.
To apply, please complete the online application and submit a résumé and a cover letter by Monday, September 30 via email to Volunteer LSU. The cover letter should explain why you wish to apply to become a member of the CHANGE Break Ecuador team and what you would bring to the CHANGE Break team.
We highly recommend visiting LSU Career Services for assistance with your résumé and cover letter.