Hydrate Baton Rouge keeps community cool, hydrated during summer heat

BATON ROUGE — A group of community organizers is donating their time and efforts to keep Baton Rouge hydrated.

Hydrate Baton Rouge is a community-based initiative to provide water and hydration to people in need in Baton Rouge. The project is operated by Founder Laramie Griffin, Community Organizer Katrina Robertson and Community Organizer Tiandra Fields.

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Heat-related illness has been a severe problem in Louisiana, particularly this summer. According to a June 2023 report from the Louisiana Department of Health, 3,000 people in Louisiana are hospitalized or treated in emergency departments annually due to heat-related illness.

“If I can provide the necessities for people like water in this heat, then that’s what I’m here for,” Robertson said. “I was driving around and just seeing people sweating. There was a need. My heart is always driven to the needs of other people.”

Hydrate BR provides water and hydration to people in need in Baton Rouge. The project distributes water bottles, sports drinks, and other hydration products to people in high-crime areas, homeless shelters, and other locations where people are at risk of heat-related illness.

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“We went to a few parks and were astounded there weren’t many water faucets out there,” Fields said. “It’s rewarding to be able to give people water. It’s so simple, but it’s so hot. We all need to stay hydrated to keep ourselves healthy and operating.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds. Volunteers must also be able to work in hot weather and must be able to follow safety protocols.

To sign up to volunteer, click here.

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