MOST OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE/INVOLVEMENT NOMINEE: VSA-LSU


EVENT: GBRFB + VSA-LSU

Provide a detailed description of the event and the population it served. Details MUST include: date of event, number of participants, program purpose (goals, objectives, etc.) and use of resources (finances, community support, etc.).

One of the community service events VSA-LSU members participated in was with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a non-profit organization committed to feeding the hungry. They not only serve the Baton Rouge community but also 11 adjacent parishes and surrounding areas. Since their establishment, they’ve distributed over 10.4 million meals and impacted millions of lives. Around 4,365 people volunteer with the Greater Baton Food Bank and of that number we can proudly say that 14 individuals were VSA-LSU members. On November 10, 2018, our members came together to participate in GBRFB’s sort and repacking event. Sort and repacking is a weekly opportunity for volunteers to help GBRFB organize the food donations. Donated food needs to be thoroughly checked before it can be processed through the system. Our members helped sort and categorize all of the non-perishable food items. They also checked dates on food. The event started at 8AM and lasted until 2 PM. Throughout the duration of the event, our members were able to bond with each other and other local volunteer groups in the community. Each volunteer group had a different purpose and during our break we were able to connect with them, learn and understand how they try to help our community. We were also given a tour of the facility and learn the logistics of how GBRFB operates. During this process, it was evident that although our task can seem very simple, the effects were not. By partnering up with GBRFB, our VSA-LSU members were not only making a difference in the local community, but also our regional community. This service event helped us embody one of our pillars, community service. It reminded us to give back and service the community we live in and the importance of volunteerism. By the end of the event, through the combined efforts of all the volunteers, we were able to successfully ship of over 1,000 lbs of food to GBRFB distributors.

What efforts were used to motivate and involve the organization’s members?

Members were made aware of volunteer opportunities during general meetings and on social media platform such as Facebook and Instagram. Members that expressed interested were adding into a GroupMe, which was used as a central form of contact.


EVENT: PLOGGING WITH ELFIN

Provide a detailed description of the event and the population it served. Details MUST include: date of event, number of participants, program purpose (goals, objectives, etc.) and use of resources (finances, community support, etc.).

Another volunteering event VSA-LSU members participated in was the Elfin Realty plogging event. Elifin Realty hosted their annual plogging event ‪on August 23rd‬ at The Radio Bar. Plogging is term for picking up litter while jogging. The plogging event was a great way to get fit while giving back and to meet new people. 19 of our members came together to make Baton Rouge a cleaner and more beautiful city to live in. The coordinators assigned us with a section of midtown Baton Rouge to patrol.During the patrol, we were able to discover unique parts of midtown Baton Rouge that were typically easily missed when traveling in a car. This allowed many members that were not originally from Baton Rouge to learn more about the city. The event was a a great bonding event for the members involved. Volunteers were also able to achieve fulfillment in cleaning up our local community.The event was extremely successful and volunteers filled over two garbage dumpsters.

What efforts were used to motivate and involve the organization’s members?

Like previous volunteering opportunities, members were made aware of volunteer opportunities during general meetings and on social media platform such as Facebook and Instagram. Members that expressed interested were adding into a GroupMe, which was used as a central form of contact.

Additional Comments (Optional)

This was a great event that allowed VSA-LSU become more active in the local community.


EVENT: DANCE MARATHON

Provide a detailed description of the event and the population it served. Details MUST include: date of event, number of participants, program purpose (goals, objectives, etc.) and use of resources (finances, community support, etc.).

This year VSA-LSU was a participant of Dance Marathon at LSU. Dance Marathon is a student-run campus philanthropy benefiting Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. It is a year long campaign. Throughout the year, the organization holds special events and fundraisers that raise awareness about their cause and the Children’s Miracle Network. To be a participant, an individual must sign-up as a dancer. Dancers pledge to raise a minimum of $250 throughout the year. At the end of the fundraising year, there is an event to celebrate the efforts of the dancers in a 20 hour event. Dancers commit to standing and dancing for 20 hours at the Big Event. At the Big Event, dancers meet numerous Miracle Families and patients whom have been treated at the hospital and first hand see the impact they are making on the community.Dancers also meet other student organizations and participate in fun activities. In the past 5 years, DM has fundraised over $1,000,000 to help build the new freestanding children’s hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2019.This year our team consisted of 5 members. Throughout the year, those members consistently dedicated their time and efforts into fundraising and raising awareness for Dance Marathon. Some of our dancers baked bake goods to sell while others participated in canning events to raise money. DM also held various fundraising opportunities such as Flapjacks For the Kids, Miracles on the Rowe, FTKaraoke Night, BeatBamaWeek, and Ice Cream Nights. As a group, VSA-LSU raised $1,965.44 out of total $187,789.01. Dance Marathon was an extremely rewarding volunteering opportunity as it reminds us the importance of community support and to give back.

What efforts were used to motivate and involve the organization’s members?

The team leader attended weekly meetings that provided material and information to help dancers reach their fundraising goal. Members were put in a GroupMe as a central form of communication. At the Big Event, each dancer kept one another motivated and pumped for the 20 hour event.

Additional Comments (Optional)

Dance Marathon allowed VSA-LSU to have a better campus wide presence. The Big Event also allowed our members to become acquainted with other campus student organizations.