The BIG Event first started at Texas A&M University in 1982 as a way to show thanks to the local communities. The University of North Dakota joined Texas A&M University and held their own inaugural BIG Event in the spring of 2005. Since then, the BIG Event at UND has become the largest annual single-day community service event completed by UND students, faculty and staff in the greater Grand Forks area. Every spring, over 1000 volunteers join together to serve at local churches, non-profits, and elderly individuals’ homes in addition to many others. They rake, paint, pick up garbage, wash windows, work with nursing home residents, assist at YMCA youth events, ready local parks for summer, and much more!
The BIG Event Committee is a student organization that works year round to make the BIG Event bigger and better than the last year, which is no small task. Each year committee members work to obtain sponsors, find volunteer projects, recruit student & faculty volunteers, and organize event itself. The committee aims to ensure that volunteers have a fun and fulfilling experience while building and sustaining positive relationships between the University community and the greater Grand Forks community.
The BIG Event Committee itself is divided into several subcommittees to complete the various tasks needed to making the BIG Event a reality each year:
The Promotions Committee is responsible for promoting the event through on-campus posters, school and local newspapers, and TV as well as deciding on promotional items for the participants, such as t-shirts, etc.
The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for financial donations to support our work, including planning committee fundraising events, soliciting donations from local businesses, engaging the other committee members in fundraising efforts, etc.
Volunteer Projects Committee
The Volunteer Projects Committee is responsible for organizing locations that need jobs completed, matching volunteer groups to the job sites, and checking-in participants on the day of the event.
Want to become part of the BIG Event committee...?
Any enrolled University of North Dakota student is welcome to be a part of The BIG Event committee. If you would like to volunteer as a committee member please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include 'Committee Volunteer' in the subject line.