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The BIG Event getting even bigger

The BIG Event getting even bigger
We’re excited about the possibilities for this year’s event."
~ Elle Walker, BIG Event director

Consider it the “BIGGER Event.”

Now in its 8th year at Pittsburg State University, The BIG Event, an annual community service project, is growing this year thanks to a couple of changes made by its organizers in the Student Government Association.

 “It’s time for us to grow The BIG Event and make it even more than what it has been in the past,” Elle Walker, BIG Event coordinator, said. “We’re excited about the possibilities for this year’s event.”

This year’s event will take place on April 6.

One of the main changes this year is the event’s reach. Traditionally, BIG Event volunteers conducted general yard work for the elderly communities in Pittsburg and Frontenac. This year, however, the group hopes to reach out to anyone who requests assistance.

“We want to reach out to anyone and everyone in the community who may need help,” Walker said. “We’re no longer basing it on socioeconomic factors. The community as a whole shows such great support for Pitt State, and we want to use this event to give back to the community as a whole.”

The event is also expanding through its partnerships with various other community groups, such as Hearts and Hammers.

“Hearts and Hammers has its own day of going out to work on houses,” Walker said. “On April 6, the day of The BIG Event, they conduct what is essentially a primer day, getting those houses ready to be worked on. Our group is going to help them on that day, which makes for a great partnership between the two organizations.”

The BIG Event crew is also teaming this year with the Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, a local service organization that will provide volunteers to help with this year’s event.

“We’re excited to be part of The BIG Event this year and to help these wonderful PSU students serve the community,” PAYP President Jaime Vanderbeck said.

Jake Lettner, SGA senator, said one of the benefits of participating in The BIG Event is the relationships forged with students and the community.

“Through our service to local residents, we’re creating longstanding relationships with the community,” he said. “There is so much love and appreciation for PSU in our community, and we want to give that right back. We want to show how much we appreciate everyone’s support and continue to provide this service to anyone who may need it.”

The BIG Event was created in 1982 at Texas A&M University as a way of saying “Thank You” to the surrounding community. Envisioned as a one-day service project, The BIG Event allows students to show their appreciation for local residents by completing various tasks at their homes. Since 1982, the Big Event has expanded to middle schools, high schools, and universities nationwide.

In 2012, more than 900 students volunteered to serve.

The deadline to submit a Job Site Request is March 15. To submit the request and for more information about The BIG Event, visit