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About The BIG Event

The BIG Event Mission

During Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s The BIG Event, students work in teams to complete volunteer projects across the city as a way to say “One BIG Thanks” to the community for their support of TAMU-CC.

The BIG Event Purpose

The BIG Event is a way for the campus to express their gratitude to the Coastal Bend community which supports Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This one-day event gives the campus an opportunity to connect with and give back to the Corpus Christi community. Through service, the campus is able to meet local residents and show them neighborly appreciation and kindness. It is important to remember The BIG Event’s goal is not about the number of sites completed, nor the number of students who participate each year. Instead, it is the achievement of interaction between the campus and the Corpus Christi area, the relationships formed, and the Islander Impact produced that results in a unified community. This is what makes The BIG Event such a unique experience.

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History of The BIG Event

The Big Event began in 1982 and was founded at Texas A&M University by Joe Nussbaum, then the Vice President of the Student Government Association. He envisioned a one day service project where students could show their appreciation for their community. Big Event had humble beginnings, starting with six students wanting to thank the community through their actions. More than 30 years later, the Big Event at College Station is the largest one-day student-run service project in the nation.

The BIG Event came to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2008 with the similar mission of expressing gratitude for our community and giving back to those in need. Each year the number of volunteers and our job sites that have been helped has increased considerably. TAMU-CC students recognize that spending time with residents and helping them around their home is the least they can do to say thank you to the community on one big day each year.

TAMU-CC’s BIG Event shares in the vision to ultimately establish a single day where students across the nation come together for one big day, one big thanks, one BIG Event. Though we may not be working side by side, the spirit of selfless service will be apparent from coast to coast as college students build relationships with the community that supports them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can sign up for The BIG Event?

Any student, alumni, faculty, or staff member can volunteer with us, just simply register on I-Engage!

When is The BIG Event?

The BIG Event will be held on April 10th, 2021 with check-in and kickoff beginning at 8 am and volunteering from 10 am - 3 pm.

What do we do at The BIG Event?

The BIG Event sends volunteers out to the community to give back for 4 hours. Depending on where you are sent, you may be painting, gardening, mowing lawns, or washing windows for residents and doing any volunteer jobs that a nonprofit might need on that day.

What should I bring on the day of The BIG Event?

You should wear clothes you would not mind getting dirty, closed-toe shoes, and a reusable water bottle. We will provide bug spray, sunscreen, and first aid kits for your team.

What do we get out of coming to The BIG Event?

You will receive a free t-shirt, free breakfast, free snacks, and memories to last a lifetime. Participating in The BIG Event will also look great on your resume!

Can I register for The BIG Event on the day of?

Yes. However, a t-shirt and breakfast won’t be guaranteed.

Where will we be meeting on the day of The BIG Event?

Check-in begins at 8 am in the University Center (UC) Rotunda, and further instruction will be provided on the day of.

Can I bring my dog/cat/animal?

Only service animals recognized by the university are permitted.

My question isn't listed, who can I contact?

You can email us at bigevent@tamucc.edu.