University Presbyterian Church
has a long and intentional history of providing help in times of need. "Yes!" is a word used often and the impassioned teamwork of UPC's congregation springs immediately into action. For over 2 months following the August flooding, UPC served as a shelter for families displaced by the rising waters. Now that those families have secured other housing as they wait to rebuild, UPC has opened their welcoming arms to host volunteers who wish to help. Its close proximity to LSU and walking access to the beautiful City Park Lake makes it a peaceful environment for volunteers to unwind after a long day of rebuilding. UPC amenities also include:
- Bunk beds, sheets and pillows
- One outdoor shower trailer and one indoor shower
- Towels/wash cloths provided
- On site laundry
- A fully equipped kitchen
- 1st night's dinner, 1st day continental breakfast and a weekly potluck dinner with congregation members and homeowners
- Leisure - Wifi, TV/DVD player
- Tireless support and gratitude for your help
UPC can host groups with up to 20 volunteers ages 16 and over. *
*Please note that Work Partners may not permit volunteers under age 16 on the work site. Make sure you confirm your Work Partner's age policy prior to scheduling your trip.
Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge
is the local affiliate of the national Rebuilding Together nonprofit. Like their counterparts in New Orleans and Acadiana, RT Baton Rouge has the support of a national organization and the heart of a compassionate and thoughtful neighbor who isn't about to let "the least of these" flounder. Striving to do the most good, they are a willing and capable partner for anyone who wants to help. RT Baton Rouge has recognized the fear that flood survivors face in returning to deserted neighborhoods where security is a concern because their neighbors have not been able to return. In an effort to support and encourage those first brave homeowners to return, RT has adopted a block of homes to rebuild on Tioga Street. Already, their work is inspiring neighbors to return.
Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge can manage groups of up to 100 volunteers ages 18 and older. The work schedule is Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.