The Big Event


“I can't express how proud I am of my team and the incredible work they put in to make it all happen. We spent months planning every detail, and seeing it come to life was a proud moment for all of us. Thanks to everyone who supported us along the way."

Selia Walton
2023-24 The Big Event Executive Director

2023 Statistics

Job Sites were served
Economic Impact

One Big Thanks

The Big Event, a non-need-based student group, bridges KU and the Lawrence community. Thousands of volunteers from students, faculty, and staff unite for a day of service, expressing gratitude to the community. By tackling projects in neighborhoods, The Big Event offers a helping hand to enhance the lives of Lawrence residents.



Serving our Community

We had 636 registrants a 17% increase from spring to fall, with 70% day of attendance.

Learning with Lawrence

We implemented The Big Event Volunteer Award that recognizes one chapter from each Sorority and Fraternity governing council and two registered student organizations committed to helping the Lawrence community.
Big Event

Working at Jobsites

56% of the job site managers were 65 years or older. 26% of the job sites were returners for the last 3 consecutive years.

“A big thank you to the volunteers and organizers. Having this help turned fall yard work from overwhelming to manageable. I really appreciate it!”

- Job Site Manager, Anonymous Survey

“It was a really fun experience. I was in a group with my friends, and going out and lending a helping hand to someone in need really helped me to feel better connected to the community. It's hard work, but it pays off well and the people you help are always so happy that you come out to be there.” 

- Volunteer, Anonymous Survey

Big Event Volunteers
Big Event Volunteers with Big Jay
Big Event Volunteers

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.