Geaux BIG Frequently Asked Questions


What is Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is a large, one-day service experience that unites LSU student volunteers and the surrounding Baton Rouge community.

What is the purpose of Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

Ultimately, the goal of our organization is to encourage our entire student body to serve our neighboring residents.

Do I qualify to be a site for Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

If you are a homeowner, or rent and have the permission of the homeowner, you qualify regardless of your socioeconomic status.  Non-profit organizations, churches, schools and community groups qualify as well.  The site must be within a 30 minute commute from LSU.

How do I become a site for Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

To request volunteers and to be a designated site, you must submit a Job Site Request Form. In February 2018 LSU students will contact you to meet with you and learn more about the projects needing completed.  This will also involve a Job Site Check.  If after the Job Site Check is completed, it is determined that volunteers can complete the work at your site, you will be designated as a Job Site.

What do I need to supply?

We will provide basic tools for outdoor yard work such as shovels, racks, hoes, trash bags, or gloves. We will also provide supplies for basic indoor cleaning such as paper towels, Windex, or gloves.

If you are requesting painting to be done, we will supply paintbrushes and gloves but we are unable to supply the paint. The paint must be supplied by the job site.

When is Geaux BIG and what time should I expect volunteers?

This year Geaux BIG will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  Volunteers should arrive at the job site around 9am and should be able to complete all tasks before 12pm.  If volunteers are unable to complete requested tasks within the four hour window, they will not be able to return at another time to do so.

What happens if it rains?

In the event of rain, volunteers will not be able to complete any outdoor job site tasks and there will not be a make-up date for the event. However, volunteers will attempt to complete any indoor tasks if applicable.

Does someone have to be there the entire time?

Yes, the job site owner, or a representative, needs to be at the job site at all time while volunteers are present.

Do I need to provide food or water to volunteers?

No, we will ensure that volunteers have water and we will provide lunch for all volunteers once they return to campus at 12pm.  However, you are free to provide refreshment to volunteers but you are not required to do so.

How many volunteers will you send?

It depends on the amount and type of work that is requested by the job site. In previous years, we have sent as few as 4 volunteers to a site while we have sent as many as 100 to others.

Who volunteers for Geaux BIG Baton Rouge?

Volunteers are generally untrained LSU students, staff and faculty.  Most do not carry with them a background in construction, landscaping and/or other skilled trades.

Am I liable for volunteers’ while they are at my job site?

No, all student volunteers agree to the University’s Hold Harmless Agreement.  You will also be asked to sign a hold harmless agreement in which you agree to protect, release, indemnify, and hold harmless Geaux BIG Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University.  This is done during the job site check.