How to Participate in The Big Event
The Big Event volunteers will need to arrive at The Green at College Park by 8 a.m. for the inaugural The Big Event Kickoff. Volunteers will need to leave promptly once the Kickoff ends to get to their project sites by 9 a.m. and serve until 1 p.m. Once volunteers finish at their project site, they are invited to the Thank You Celebration on campus from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to receive a free meal and enjoy meeting other participants.
Due to the large number of volunteers, transportation to project sites is not available through The Big Event, so volunteers must coordinate their own travel.
Project sites will be posted on this website and open to volunteers beginnning on March 18. To volunteer, choose one of The Big Event project sites and download a required liability release form (see links directly below) to fill out and have ready to turn in to the SITE LEADER on April 27th, the day of The Big Event.
Agencies, Non-profits, Neighborhood Associations, and Local Residents
To partner with The Big Event in providing project sites for volunteers, download a required project application (see link directly below) and fill out and return by fax or email to The Big Event Committee at 817-272-2962 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Notifications concerning the number of volunteers registered per project site will be emailed and followed up with a phone call a week or more in advance before The Big Event.
On the day of The Big Event, every project site will have waivers passed out by project Site Leaders to be filled out by volunteers before the project begins. If your agency requires volunteers to sign a waiver/form of any kind when volunteering at your project site, it needs to be emailed to The Big Event Committee no later than February 18, 2013.
Site leaders are provided with training for directing volunteers and ensuring project site safety, communication skills, forming relationships with agency contacts, and giving back to the community. Sign up to be a site leader at a project site by downloading the site leader application form (see link below). Email your completed application to email@example.com or hand-deliver it to Bonnie Rodriguez in the Lower Level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Safety is an important part of The Big Event. Site leaders inspect and visit each project in order to ensure the quality and safety of the location and collect required liability waiver forms from volunteers.
Site leaders are required to attend all four scheduled interactive sessions.
First Training — Tuesday, March, 19 at 3:30 PM in Student Congress Chambers (Lower Level of the University Center)
Wednesday, March 20 at 2 PM in Student Congress Chambers (Lower Level of the University Center)
Site Leader Follow-Up Session – Wednesday, April 3 at 2 PM in Student Congress Chambers (Lower Level of the University Center)
The Big Huddle – Monday, April 22 at in Student Congress Chambers (Lower Level of the University Center)
Wrap Up Session – Tuesday, April 30 at 3:30 PM in Student Congress Chambers (Lower Level of the University Center)
The deadline for site leader applications is scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2013, but applications will be accepted for a limited time period after that.