The Big Event at KU: April 14, 2018

LJWorld: Letter: Getting organized

Lawrence resident Teresa Thompson wrote a letter to the Lawrence Journal-World about her experience with the third annual Big Event. Read on for more.

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LJWorld: Editorial: Big success

The Lawrence Journal-World editorial board had some nice things to say about the third annual Big Event a few days after we’d packed up the tools. Read on for the post-event editorial.

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UDK: The Big Event increases number of volunteers, doubles job sites

The Big Event recruited 3,000 KU students, faculty and staff to complete projects at almost 400 job sites around the Lawrence community. An article about the event appeared in the University Daily Kansan. Here’s a preview: Read More

LJWorld: KU’s Big Event getting bigger

Read all about the third annual Big Event at KU in the Lawrence Journal-World’s coverage of the day.

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LJWorld: Organizers of KU Big Event service day looking for projects to tackle around Lawrence

The 2013 Big Event at KU is in full-on recruitment mode for community job requests and campus volunteers.

Read the full article in the Lawrence Journal-World here.

UDK: The Big Event to host promotional week on campus

Read about the Big Event’s Spring 2013 Awareness Week in this UDK article. Events start March 4 with tabling and campus promotions, and run through March 10, with an information distribution day throughout the Lawrence community.

LJWorld: KU students want projects, volunteers for April’s ‘Big Event’

The blog Heard on the Hill published a post about the soon-to-open registration for the third annual Big Event at KU. Registration for volunteers and job requests is set to open Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

Read the article here.

Check out this Office of Marketing Communications video from our second annual Big Event! The third annual event is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2013. Registration will open on Jan. 22, 2013.

The Big Event is hosting its second annual Fall Awareness Week, starting Monday, Oct. 15 and ending Saturday, Oct. 20.

The Big Event at KU puts on Fall Awareness Week each school year to kick-start the recruitment process. During Fall Awareness Week, students are encouraged to get involved with the Big Event by either volunteering the day of the event, or to join a committee to help plan this year’s Big Event. Also during Fall Awareness Week, residents are encouraged to start thinking about signing their homes or businesses up as potential job sights for Big Event volunteers.

“Fall Awareness Week is very important to the success of this year’s Big Event. It really sets the tone for our recruitment campaign,” Lauren Reinhart, Executive Director of the Big Event, said.

Many events will take place during Fall Awareness Week. Big Event Executive members as well as Committee members will be tabling for the Big Event on Wescoe Beach as well as the Kansas Union. These volunteers will pass out fliers and other information to get KU students excited about this year’s Big Event.

The Big Event will also be hosting a percentage day at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Thursday, Oct. 18. All Fuzzy’s customers on Oct. 18 that mention The Big Event will donate ten percent of their purchase to The Big Event.

The final event of Fall Awareness Week is Distribution Day, which will take place on Oct. 20. Volunteers will go through Lawrence neighborhood placing fliers on resident’s homes, that will encourage them to sign up for The Big Event. This will be the first of many Distribution Days during the 2012-2013 school year.

“This year’s goal is to have 4,000 volunteers and 400 job sites,” Reinhart said. “Fall Awareness week will be the first step to reaching our goal.”

The Big Event is designed to provide Lawrence community residents with a cost-free helping hand on projects around their neighborhoods or households. The third annual Big Event at KU is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2013. Registration for volunteers and community job requests will open in January 2013. To learn more about the Big Event at KU and Fall Awareness Week, visit, find us on Facebook (The Big Event at KU), or follow us on Twitter (@thebigeventku). The Big Event is presented by Student Senate, Student Union Activities and the Center for Community Outreach.

LJWorld: KU students extend helping hand for Big Event

The Lawrence Journal-World tagged along with a few student volunteer crews during the second annual Big Event on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Read the story at