UND To Hold Eighth Annual ‘Big Event’ Community Appreciation Effort April 21, Volunteers Sought

The University of North Dakota’s eighth annual “Big Event” volunteering and community appreciation effort will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012!

UND held its inaugural Big Event in 2005 and has found success over the past seven years, vowing to make every year bigger and better. This year will be no different.  The 2012 Big Event  will strive to top the outstanding performance from the previous year, building and sustaining positive relationships between the University community and the Greater Grand Forks. During the 2011 Big Event, more than 1,100 participants completed more than 175 service projects in one day.

The Big Event started at Texas A&M University in 1982 when a student decided that he wanted to find a way to say “Thank You!” to their community for all they did for the University. Since then, through education and outreach efforts, The Big Event has grown to be the largest single-day student-run community service project in the country and has spread to more than 70 Universities.

No job is too big or too small for Big Event volunteers.  UND students, faculty and staff serve local churches, nonprofits, and elderly individuals at their home, in addition to many others.  They rake, paint, pick up garbage, clean up city parks, wash windows, work with nursing home residents, assist at youth events, and much more.

The University community is encouraged to join the effort and volunteer. To participate, download a  form at http://und.edu/org/thebigevent/, or use the attached form.

For more information on this effort, please email und.thebigevent@email.und.edu.