The Big Event


"We are looking forward to serving the Lawrence community again with student and staff volunteers on April 15, 2023"

Chelney Cameron
2022 The Big Event Executive Director

2021 Statistics

Job Sites were served
Economic Impact

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. 158 volunteers tended to 158 Lawrence job sites, bridging the bridging the campus and Lawrence community gap with clippers, rakes and shovels. 


"I love the chance to get out in the community with my sorority sisters. doing the big event together is a tradition and we all look forward to it and love teaching our new sisters about it so they get excited too."  

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"The ability to work with a group to grow closer to them and to help people in Lawrence community to meet them."

- Volunteer




First time Volunteering

Top three reasons how participating in The Big Event impacted volunteers: Increased connection to the KU and Lawrence Communities, relieved stress, and enhanced their college experience.
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Connected to Campus

85.72% Of site Job Site Managers felt more connected to campus from this event.

"The service that The Big Event provides is invaluable to my family. Plus I have such a great time spending those Saturday morning hours with a few KU students I wouldn't otherwise get to know."

- Job Site Manager

"I appreciate the help with my yardwork which enables me to continue living in my home. Thank you."

- Job Site Manager

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