In greater detail, the Big Event - the largest one-day, student-run service project in the country - is a way for TAMU students to collectively say "thank you" to the residents and communities of Bryan and College Station for supporting them while they attend the University. Students share this message of thanks by volunteering to spend a day completing various projects like yard work, interior and exterior painting, and window washing for individuals, families, homeowners associations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses throughout Bryan and College Station.
The Big Event began in 1982 when just six Aggies volunteered to clean up a local cemetery. Throughout the last 30 years, an ever-increasing number of students have participated and projects have been completed; this year - the 30th anniversary of the Big Event - an impressive 17,500 students volunteered and together tackled more than 1,500 home, yard, and community improvement projects.
Back in January, two TAMU students dropped off a Big Event flyer and job request form at my front door. I had previously been under the impression that Big Event volunteer projects were only completed for nonprofit and community organizations, and wasn't aware that families like mine could apply to participate. The students at my door that day kindly explained that the purpose of the Big Event was to give back to the ENTIRE community, on a smaller scale as well as on a larger scale. Excited about the possibility of inviting students into our home for a service project, I submitted my application the following day.
Oh, and I might add a fourth "win" in there...the students were very complimentary of my peach tea and brownies. :)
|I wanted to throw this one in there to show how hard |
they worked/dirty they were at the end of the day. :)