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The BIG Event One BIG Day. One BIG Thanks. One BIG Event.

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Ghandi

What is the BIG event?

The BIG Event is the largest, student-run service project at TAMU-CC. This one day event allows Islanders to connect with and give back to the Corpus Christi community for their continued support of our Island university. Islanders are assigned different service-oriented activities for residents and nonprofits all around the Coastal Bend region. These activities include doing yard work, painting, debris removal, and more. All tools and equipment volunteers may need are provided by the Student Volunteer Connection and no experience is required!

This year's BIG Event schedule

This year will be TAMU-CC's 11th annual The BIG Event! It will take place on April 13th, 2019. Check-in will begin at 8 AM with kick-off starting shortly after. Kick-off to The BIG Event will include free breakfast, free T-shirts, a key note speaker, volunteer-site assignments, and tool distribution. All volunteers are asked to arrive at their job-site by 10 AM. At 2 PM, volunteers leave their job-site and return to TAMU-CC to return any tools that were checked out to them.

SVC provides all the tools students may need to complete their jobsite tasks.

Information for Volunteers

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can register as a volunteer for The BIG Event! All currently enrolled TAMU-CC students (both undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in The BIG Event. The more sign-ups we obtain, the more volunteer-sites we can help, and the stronger the Islander Impact we can make!

Why should you volunteer?

Participating in The BIG Event allows Islanders to contribute to a TAMU-CC tradition, while also making an Islander Impact. For The BIG Event 2018, TAMU-CC had almost 1,000 student volunteers participate at 62 different job-sites. All together, 3,768 hours were served that day. Each and every year, SVC strives to make the next BIG Event bigger and better than the one before. Volunteering at The BIG Event also allows students to connect to the community and interact with residents they wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to meet. All participants are also given a free T-Shirt and breakfast the morning of The BIG Event!

The deadline to register as a volunteer for The BIG Event is March 29th, 2019.

Information for possible Volunteer-sites

Who can be a volunteer-site?

The BIG Event serves both residents and nonprofits in the Corpus Christi community. To be a volunteer site, a volunteer-site registration form needs to be filled out and submitted on I-Engage. The link to the form can be found below. This form provides us information about the tasks you need completed and number of volunteers you can accommodate. The BIG Event leadership team will review your request and schedule a volunteer-site check if you are signing up as a resident home. During the 2018 BIG Event, students served at 32 resident homes and at 30 non-profits, but there is no limit as to how many we will accept!

What can our volunteers do?

Corpus Christi residents may request students to help with a wide array of tasks. Some common tasks include general yard work, raking leaves, trimming trees/hedges, painting, etc. Tasks for volunteers are preferred to be outdoor, as volunteers are asked not to go inside resident homes. Volunteer sites do not have to provide anything for the volunteers. The Student Volunteer Connection (SVC) gives the students the tools they need to perform the job requests.

"Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you." -Mother Teresa

The BIG Event is not about the number of jobs completed, nor the number of participants. It is about the interaction, and resulting unity, between TAMU-CC and the Corpus Christi community. Make your Islander Impact this year at The BIG Event!

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Part of the Student Volunteer Team at The BIG Event 2018.

For more information, email bigevent@tamucc.edu or call (361)-825-2106.

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