The Big Event


"We are looking forward to serving the Lawrence community again with student and staff volunteers on April 23, 2022!"

Chelney Cameron
2021 The Big Event Executive Director

2021 Statistics

Job Sites were served

The Big Event is a non-need-based student group that connects the KU campus with the Lawrence community. By recruiting thousands of student, faculty, and staff volunteers to work at hundreds of local job sites during one day of service, we are able to say thank you to the community that surrounds us all year. The Big Event volunteers provide a helping hand to Lawrence residents by completing projects in their neighborhoods.

The service impulse continued with The Big Event returning to action in the spring. 413 volunteers tended to 88 Lawrence job sites, bridging the bridging the campus and Lawrence community gap with clippers, rakes and shovels. 


"I enjoy interacting with the student volunteers, finding out what their majors are, sharing my education and work experiences with them, and watching them see how they work together and with me to accomplish their assigned project."  

- Job Site Manager


"The crew I had this year was the best ever. STELLAR! Friendly, hardworking, efficient! Loved them! THANK YOU, KU, for this wonderful event! It is a true service to the community!"

- Job Site Manager

Volunteer Refuel
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TBE Volunteers

First time Volunteering

36% Of volunteers said this was their first time serving with KU.
Connected to Campus

Connected to Campus

91% Of site Job Site Managers felt more connected to campus from this event.
Volunteer Group

Follower Growth

92% Of volunteers felt more connected and a part of the Lawrence community from this event.

"I like how involved the volunteers were able to be. We really went and did all the activities ourselves and interacting with the people helping. I felt a part of a community!" 

- Volunteer

"I loved spending more bonding time with my organization, especially because that has been so hard during the pandemic."

- Volunteer

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Learn More About The Big Event

The Big Event is a non-need based student group that connects the KU campus with the Lawrence community.