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.
National Volunteer Week 2017 events include:
- Spring Greening Day: Tuesday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., LSU — Sponsored by BASF, Spring Greening is a 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.
- Hygiene Kits for the Homeless: Friday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Donate travel-sized toiletries to be placed in hygiene kits for the homeless members of the Baton Rouge community.
- Letters to Veterans: Tuesday, April 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Free Speech Alley — Take a moment between classes and write a hand written letter to our servicemen and women that have selflessly sacrificed so much for our country.
- Kitchens on the Geaux Potato Drop: Tuesday, April 25, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., LSU Parade Ground — 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.
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.
About Potato Drop
The Potato Drop is free and open to all LSU, LSU graduate, LSU Law School, LSU Vet School, and BRCC Bridge Program students, regardless of major or classification. This program does not require advance registration.
What do apples, a toad, and Tom Brady all have in common? They are all in games that will be at Thursday Night Live: Game Night presented by LSU Student Activities Board. Bring your friends and enjoy free games of Apples-to-Apples, Jenga, Madden (for the XBox), Mario Kart and much more. Remember to bring your TigerCard for entry.
About Geaux Krewe
Geaux Krewe focuses on both individual and group consultations. They will be scheduled throughout the day to provide assistance to our 400+ registered student organizations as well as the individual student who wants to know where to start.
Types of Consultants
Individual Consultations – Geared to assist students find involvement opportunities, common interest, and develop soft skills that will help them maximize their LSU experience.
Group Consultations – Provide workshops for Executive Boards, new and growing student organizations, student committees on best practices for organizational management. The group consultations can also include planning/facilitating retreats.
About Geaux Lead
The Geaux Lead Retreat is an intensive, 4-day, off-campus leadership development experience offered annually in May at an off campus retreat center. Students must register in advance for this retreat. Approximately 60 students will learn guiding principles and foundational skills, while participating in exciting activities. Students will have the opportunity to make valuable connections with other LSU students and staff from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
See more from the 2014 Geaux Lead Retreat
Geaux Lead is open to all students (including undergraduates, graduate students, and those enrolled at the Paul M. Hebert Law School and the School of Veterinary Medicine).
Students must be in good conduct standing with the University.
What Participants Are Saying
“I think the greatest learning moment for me, was seeing how people’s strengths and personalities played out on the ropes course. I had never completed a high ropes course before and it was both challenging and encouraging.” –Participant, May 2013
“This was a LIFE CHANGING experience, and I feel that even those words aren’t enough to describe all of the feelings and emotions I have when thinking about this retreat. I have met AMAZING people who I can sincerely call my friends, and have found new facets of myself, both as a leader and as a citizen of the world that I cannot wait to explore. Thank you again for providing opportunities for us to push ourselves and opportunities for us to allow ourselves to be encouraged and carried by our peers.” -Mercedes Townsend, May 2013
“I feel more comfortable with myself and what my strengths are so that I can focus them to accomplish more.” –Bryce Bourgeois, May 2013
“After attending the Geaux Lead Retreat, I feel like I was given information to learn more about my strengths and the strengths of others. I now think I am prepared to work better in groups by looking for other people’s strengths instead of weaknesses.” –Morgan Matchett, May 2013
The Geaux Lead retreat is open to all students regardless of major or classification.
When attending Geaux Lead, students will develop their knowledge of leadership with
- An introduction to foundational principles of leadership
- General knowledge of leadership styles and effective approaches to leading
- An understanding of individual talents and strengths utilizing the Gallup StrengthsFinder
- Activities testing group dynamics and teaching how to work within systems, and
- Activities that increase understanding of human difference, diversity, and identity development
According to surveys from previous Geaux Lead retreats, students report learning more about themselves as leaders and effective group members, as well as, having a better appreciation for each other’s differences.