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Greetings from Maverick Country!

Thank you for visiting the The Big Event’s website. As we make our way through this unprecedented event, please know that UTA is providing updated guidance and information, please visit uta.edu/coronavirus for updated UTA information.  

The Student Activities Staff are working remotely and are still available for questions and inquiries into our programs.  In addition, we are continuing to work to provide volunteer opportunities that can be done virtually and on your own.  Contribute to the Big Event 2020 by taking advantage of some volunteer opportunities we have put together below.  

You may contact our office at 817-272-2963 or email thebigevent@uta.edu. Thank you for your patience during this time, we look forward to working with all current and future Mavericks soon! 


VOLUNTEERING FOR the big event 2020

Volunteer and make a difference by taking part in The Big Event 2020!  This year, due to the situation presented by COVID-19, The Big Event will be focusing its efforts in a new way!  During this unprecedented time, The Big Event has worked to plan alternative ways for the UTA community to get involved and contribute to The Big Event 2020's efforts virtually and safely. 

We are excited to offer volunteer opportunities and hope you take advantage.  We would like to recognize participants' time and effort in contributing to The Big Event 2020 by sending a certificate of participation and some Big Event swag items!  To participate, follow these steps:

  1.  Select and volunteer for one of the volunteer opportunities outlined below. 

  2.  Take a picture or video of yourself volunteering wearing a UTA shirt and post it on social media.

    1. Make sure to use the hashtag, #UTATheBigEvent2020 

  3.   MAV IT UP!

  4.  Submit THIS FORM with your info to receive your Big Event swag*. 

*Swag items are limited and will be sent to participants who follow the above steps while supplies last.

Volunteer Opportunities

Blood Donation
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Organizations such as Carter BloodCare and American Red Cross are in severe need of blood donations. They are currently focused on providing a safe donation experience while ensuring a reliable blood supply for patients who require transfusions. The potential presence of COVID-19 in communities does not change the fact that the need for blood is constant. It is the donated blood on the shelf that saves lives, which is why these donations are essential.

More information on how you can donate blood can be found at https://www.carterbloodcare.org/ or https://www.redcrossblood.org/

Operation Gratitude
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Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 300,000+ individually addressed Care Packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to First Responders, New Recruits, Veterans, Wounded Heroes, and their Care Givers. Each package contains snacks, hygiene products, entertainment, and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support. 

Currently, Operation Gratitude is in urgent need of letters specifically written to Deployed Troops, First Responders, and Emergency Medical Personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More information can be found at https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks-virtual/write-letters-virtual/

UTA Food Pantry
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The UTA Volunteers and Tri-C Food Pantry are especially in need of donations at this time to help students receive a mixture of non-perishable foods to supplement monthly food costs. Donations can be dropped off at the Tri-C during business hours (Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM) at the side entrance. Upon arrival, text the phone number listed on the door and a staff member will come retrieve the donation. Examples of things the Food Pantry is in need of include canned vegetables, soups, crackers, Mac & Cheese, etc. Students can contact Follet Student Leadership Center to receive a list of foods currently in need.

More information can be found at https://www.uta.edu/foodpantry

Sarah’s Bag Ladies

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Sarah’s Bag Ladies is a group dedicated to helping turn plastic bags into sleeping mats/blankets that are donated to the Salvation Army and distributed to the homeless population. Making plastic yarn (plarn) at home is a simple task that only requires plastic bags and scissors! Here is a video that you can follow to make plarn.

More information can be found at https://www.sarahsbagladies.org/

Be My Eyes
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Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call. Volunteers help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives. Users may ask for help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings.

More information can be found at https://www.bemyeyes.com/

Mission Arlington
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Mission Arlington is in need of the following donations to help people in need: canned meats, soups, ramen noodles, rice, canned vegetables of multiple varieties, bread, hygiene items, toiletries, etc. Any donations would be appreciated and can be brought to Mission Arlington directly at 210 W. South St. . Operating Hours are the same as before: Monday through Saturday 7:00AM-7:00PM, and 1:00PM to 6:00PM on Sundays for donation drop off. Mission Arlington asks that when you drop off items, please stay in your vehicle. They will unload your car for you. The volunteers will be wearing protective gear for their safety and yours.

More information can be found at https://missionarlington.org/

Other Volunteer Opportunities
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Are there other volunteer opportunities that you have participated in or want to participate in?  We welcome for you to submit to us about other opportunities you may be interested in and available to you.  The Big Event is all about supporting service opportunities and are excited to see where the UTA community is contributing!