4/7: The Big Event

Virginia Tech will be holding its 17th annual Big Event on Saturday, April 7th. The Big Event is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the 2nd largest event of its kind in the nation.

Every spring, thousands of students, faculty, and staff come together to complete hundreds of community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and the New River Valley. Projects are completed regardless of need or socioeconomic status; instead, it is The Big Event’s goal to simply say, “Thank you.”

Starting in 2002, The Big Event at Virginia Tech has grown exponentially. Rooted in Virginia Tech’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), The Big Event has provided an opportunity for the entire Virginia Tech community to join together and thank the surrounding communities of Virginia.

The 2002 Big Event saw about 475 volunteers complete 60 projects, but The Big Event 2017 saw 8,223 volunteers complete 1,174 projects. The goal this year is 10,000 volunteers completing 1,300 projects. Homeowners can submit their job request at this link and volunteers can sign up at this link.

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The Big Event 2018 Schedule
Saturday April 7th:
7AM: All Committee walk through & Breakfast
9AM: Team Captains start arriving
9:01AM: Music Begins
9:30AM: All volunteers start to arrive
9:35AM: Jared Stout song 1
9:45AM: Announce project pick up, greek life, sponsors, t-shirts etc (Programming)
9:48AM: Introduce Christina (Programming)
9:50AM: Christina speaks before Promo Video shown
9:53AM: Promo Video
9:55AM: Andrew Young 1 song
9:58AM: Announce project pick up, greek life, sponsors, t-shirts etc & introduce Sands (Programming)
10:00AM: President Sands Speaks (Programming introduce)
10:05AM: Dr. Perillo speaks (Programming introduce)
10:10AM: DCVT & lowtech performs
10:20AM: Announce project pick up, greek life,, sponsors, t-shirts, etc & introduce (Programming)
10:21AM: Jared Stout 2 songs
10:30AM: Mayor speaks (Introduced by programming)
10:33AM : Directors Speak (introduced by Kelly)
10:35AM: Enter Sandman plays (Began by Directors)
10:37AM: Tool Distribution opens with Skipper Cannon- Timer on Screen
11:00AM: Volunteers are leaving the Drillfield
12:00PM: Midway starts taking down the stage
6:00PM: Everything should be off the Drillfield and trucks will be returned to fleet services