10 BIG YEARS everything to know about the 2018 BIG Event

Life's most persistent and urging question is, 'What are you doing for others?' -Martin Luther King, Jr.


Since being introduced to TAMU-CC in 2008, the BIG Event has promoted both campus and community unity through service-oriented activities. These activities allow Islanders the chance to connect with, give back to, and express their gratitude for the community which supports them.


Through the BIG Event Islanders get the chance to meet members of the community they might not have had the chance to meet. Ultimately the BIG Event is not about the number of jobs completed nor is it about the number of students who participate in it each year. Instead it is the interaction, and resulting unity, between the campus and the community that makes the BIG Event such a unique experience.


Left: BIG Event 2015. Right: BIG Event 2017

Last year's BIG Event saw a record numbers in both student participation and community jobsites, with 850 students serving at 63 jobsites around the community (see below). This year's BIG Event aims to sign up 10% of the TAMU-CC student body (around 1,250 students) as participants, in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the BIG Event at TAMU-CC.

BIG Event attendance and jobsites, since 2009


Anyone! All currently enrolled TAMU-CC students (both undergrad and graduate), faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to register for the 2018 BIG Event. We cannot do what we do without the support of the TAMU-CC campus community. More sign-ups allow us to help more job-sites.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering at the BIG Event allows Islanders to experience one of TAMU-CC's largest events, and allows each individual to make their own #IslanderImpact in the community. Additionally, BIG Event volunteers have the privilege of meeting residents they wouldn't otherwise have the chance to meet, and each BIG Event jobsite allows the volunteers to forge a special relationship with the resident they are serving. Some of the past BIG Event volunteers have managed to stay in touch with the resident they served during the BIG Event. Islanders also get a free t-shirt by volunteering.


The BIG Event serves both residents and non-profits in the Corpus Christi community. During the 2017 BIG Event students served at 27 resident homes and at 36 non-profits. Notable non-profits served by the BIG Event include...

  • The Salvation Army
  • The Coastal Bend Food Bank
  • The Texas State Aquarium
  • Boys and Girls Club

What can our volunteers do?

Corpus Christi residents may request students to help with a wide array of tasks. Some common tasks include pruning flower beds, raking leaves, trimming trees/hedges, etc. The Student Volunteer Connection (SVC) gives the students the tools they need to perform the job requests. A typical residential jobsite has around 6-12 students.


The BIG Event couldn't happen without the countless hours put in by its coordinators. Scroll to learn about the people who are helping to make this year's BIG Event the best one yet!

Crystal Quevedo

Outreach & Operations

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Having been a member of SVC since she was a freshman, community service has always been important to Crystal, and with plenty of experience working on the BIG Event committees Crystal Quevedo brings the know-how on how to coordinate the ins and outs of jobsites. An adventurer that is always selflessly looking out for others, Crystal and her committees are here to make it easy for residents to get the help they need. A senior majoring in criminal justice, Crystal is looking to join the border patrol after graduating this Spring.


Julie Cano

Recruitment & Programming

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Political Science
  • Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX

The Corpus Christi native, Julie Cano knows all about the city and how to help it! Having also served on past BIG Event committees, Julie is here to help students sign up to be a BIG Event volunteer. With a unique sense of humor, you can always count on Julie to keep conversations loose and fun, and with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics she brings an insight into recruitment that few can bring. Julie plans on going to law school after graduating this Spring.


Sam De Melim

SVC Advisor

  • Position: Student Activities Coordinator
  • Hometown: South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Having helped coordinate every BIG Event since joining the TAMU-CC student activities staff in 2015, Sam knows how to put on a successful BIG Event. In addition to being a dog-mom to Luna, Sam is here to help her students with whatever they need, as well as field any questions students/residents may have about the BIG Event. Always striving to help others, Sam is a recipient of the MLK Service Award, a district coordinator for Team Rubicon, and SARTECH III certified.



The BIG Event Committee

The BIG Event committee, headed by the aforementioned individuals, works year round to help make each BIG Event better than the last one. The result of individuals putting others before them, the BIG Event could not happen without them.

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


For more information or to ask questions about the BIG Event or the Student Volunteer Connection, please contact either one of the BIG Event Coordinators or by emailing us at svc@tamucc.edu

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