The Big Event is a single day where we as students, faculty and staff can come together for one big day, one big thanks, one Big Event. Being one of the largest service projects on campus, we want to express gratitude to the community from which so many of us come from. Partnering with United Way of Acadiana, we will be painting walls at schools, planting trees in the community, working with the Lafayette Consolidated Government to mark drainage routes, plus a ton of other tasks. But the type of job is irrelevant. Rather, it is the interaction with the community that makes The Big Event so BIG!
Mr. Joe Nussbaum, then Vice President of the Student Government Association at Texas A&M, began The Big Event in 1982 as a way to say "Thank You" to the surrounding community of Bryan-College Station. Joe Nussbaum envisioned a one-day service project where students of Texas A&M University could show their appreciation of local residents by completing various tasks at their homes. He thought that after years of loyal support from the community, the very least college students could do is give back for one day.
The Big Event gives students the opportunity to volunteer in their community in their own way. Through a variety of service projects in partnership with United Way of Acadiana, students gain a sense of citizenship and social responsibility, all while promoting a Ragin Cajun spirit.
What The Big Event has become
The Big Event has seen tremendous growth over the past 27 years. Participation has grown to 12,500 students completing more than 1,200 jobs in the communities of Bryan and College Station. Presently, 72 Big Events occur at universities across the nation. Although The Big Event has become the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation, our message still remains the same: simply saying "Thank You."
The Big Event has affected many people in the Lafayette community. In order for us to continue this tradition of positive service and citizenship, donations are highly appreciated. You can donate here to help us give a BIG thanks to our Ragin Cajun community.