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The Big Event


The Big Event 2024 will be

Saturday, March 16th! 




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 thank and appreciate the surrounding community of Bryan-College Station. Nussbaum envisioned an annual service project where students of Texas A&M University 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 41 years. Presently, over 130 Big Events occur at universities across the nation, totaling in 15,000 volunteers for The Big Event 2023. 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.