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The Big Event

The Big Event

The Big Event at The University of Texas at Arlington will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. 

The Big Event for 2019 was a FABULOUS success with over 1100 volunteers! This year we had a record number 117 project sites with over 1800 volunteers opportunities.  THANK YOU for making this a banner year.

Help plan The Big Event 2020

Interested in making The Big Event bigger and better? Join our Planning Committee by applying here. The Big Event Planning Committee plans and implements UTA's largest day of community service. The first meeting will be held Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 2pm in the Student Governance Chambers in the upper level of the University Center.

The Purpose of The Big Event

The purpose of The Big Event at UT Arlington is to plan and implement a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members in an effort to engage, educate, and mobilize volunteers throughout the community. The Big Event impacts the community by bringing the campus together with the surrounding community in an effort to show gratitude to those who help others. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts, as well as local residents, including those that provide services to children, senior citizens and low income families, or those that promote the quality of life, such as the Science Center at River Legacy Park, Arlington Libraries, and other various project. Volunteers are proud to help others improve the lives of the people who rely on these important services and facilities.

About The Big Event

The Big Event is a prominent UT Arlington tradition and continues to grow each year. The Big Event 2019 will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020. The Big Event has seen tremendous growth over the past 19 years since the first event in 2000. Participation grew in 2019 to reach more than 1100 volunteers who completed projects at more than 112 different agency project sites and donated thousands of hours of community service.

The event continues to gain momentum by attracting more volunteers and providing more assistance to our community. Enthusiastic volunteers participate in various service project sites such as painting, landscaping, youth development workshops, and facility cleanup all on one BIG day.

The Big Event began in 1982 at Texas A&M University as a way to say thank you to Bryan-College Station — a community continuously supporting the university. Thirty-eight years later, The Big Event has grown to become the largest one-day student-run service project in the United States.

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