The Big Event 2020 will be Saturday March 28th!
Register to be a Flock Leader TODAY! Registration closes MARCH 2ND.
Register to be a Flock Member TODAY! Registration closes MARCH 6TH.
2020 Schedule of Events
7:00 AM- Check in begins at Martin Hall
Parking will be available at the following locations:
- Griffin Hall (on the corner of E. Lewis and Rex Street, accessed via E. Lewis Street)
- Zone 36 (across from Old Tyme Grocery, accessed via Cherry Street)
- Maxim Doucet/Foster parking lot.
7:30 AM- Opening ceremony will begin at Martin Hall
8:00 AM- Departure for project sites
8:30 AM – Arrival at project sites
8:30 AM – 11:30 PM – Volunteer at project sites
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – ONE BIG COMMUNITY FAIR at Martin Hall
Join The Big Event for One Big Community Fair following your morning of volunteerism. Meet service organizations from our community, sign your name on a Big Event canvas - a new tradition for all volunteers, eat some delicious local food, and celebrate your success! Tool/supply return and litter collection will also be at this time.
So What's The Big Deal?
The Big Event gives UL Lafayette students the opportunity to volunteer in their community in their own way. Through a variety of service projects, students gain a sense of citizenship and social responsibility, all while promoting a Ragin' Cajun spirit.
The History of The Big Event
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. University of Louisiana at Lafayette started The Big Event in 2013.
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, over 80 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 and giveaways are highly appreciated. You can donate here to help us give a big thanks to our Ragin' Cajun community.