FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteers

Who can volunteer? Any student, staff or faculty of the University of Kansas. However, all volunteers MUST be affiliated with the University. To sign up, we need one person to be the main contact. They will receive all of the information about the volunteer meeting and registration on the day of the event. The best way for a floor or group to sign up is to have everyone who wants to participate put their names and emails in an excel spreadsheet and then have the RA/group leader fill out the online form on our website.

What if my floor/group already registered and I wasn’t on the list? Just fill out the online registration form by yourself noting which floor/group you want to join.

Can I register without a group? Yes! Individuals can register without joining a floor/group and they will be paired with others who registered as an individual. Lots of people register that way.

Can I just show up on the day of the event? No, we need for you to sign up to be paired with a job site and receive all of the necessary liability information.

What kind of jobs will I be doing? You will get to spend the four hours working with a community member or several. We are non-need based and a way of saying thank you. Jobs range from raking leaves, helping clean out garages, washing windows, and more. We can do anything that doesn’t involve power tools. The volunteers are scheduled to be at their job sites for four hours so whatever can be done in that time.

Will The Big Event count for my community service? We are happy to sign any forms, but you need to check that this will count. If you miss the deadline, give us a call! 785-864-7469.

 

Job Sites

Is The Big Event need-based? No, anyone is welcome to sign up as a job site. Homes, agencies, parks, etc.

Do you help in Topeka or Eudora? No, KU liability will not allow us to go outside of Lawrence City limits.

What kinds of jobs can the volunteers do? We can do anything that doesn’t involve power tools. The volunteers are scheduled to be there for four hours so whatever they can get done in that time.

I submitted a form and haven’t heard back. We are working through the list of job sites submissions but are a bit behind. If it was over a week ago, please email bigeventku.outreach@gmail.com or call 785-864-7469 and they can let you know who will be contacting you.

If I rent my space, can I still have work done? Yes, but you are liable for talking to the owner.

I don’t have Internet, how do I sign up? Give us a call! 785-864-7469

I’m a homeowner but won’t be home during The Big Event. Can I still have volunteers come to my house? You or someone you know MUST be there WHEN THE VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE. If no one is present the volunteers will be instructed to help with another site.

About The Big Event at KU

Group of students standing with Big Jay on the day of service.

The tenth annual Big Event is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020.

The Big Event is a non-need based student group that connects the KU campus with the Lawrence community. By recruiting thousands of student, faculty, and staff volunteers to work at hundreds of local job sites during one day of service, we are able to say thank you to the community that surrounds us all year. The Big Event volunteers provide a helping hand to Lawrence residents by completing projects in their neighborhoods.

 

 

Executive Director
Belinda Flores
bigeventku.director@gmail.com
The executive director manages The Big Event board, and is the official spokesperson of The Big Event to the university community.

Interested in joining The Big Event?

Questions about job sites? This team coordinates all community requests for service on the day of the event.

Questions about volunteering? This team can answer any questions about volunteering including group registration, transportation, service hours, and more.

Interested in being a 2019 sponsor? Our support and sponsorship team can help you at any level of giving.

  • Director of Development: Jacob Hammil
    bigeventku.development@gmail.com
  • Event Logistics Coordinators: Lauren Terry and Kylee  Hipp
    bigeventku.logistics@gmail.com

Have questions about marketing or advertising? 

  • Director of Marketing: Ryan Speert
    bigeventku.marketing@gmail.com
  • Marketing Coordinator: Anita Song
  • Database Coordinator: Pachee Lor
    bigeventku.database@gmail.com

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteers

Who can volunteer? Any student, staff or faculty of the University of Kansas. However, all volunteers MUST be affiliated with the University. To sign up, we need one person to be the main contact. They will receive all of the information about the volunteer meeting and registration on the day of the event. The best way for a floor or group to sign up is to have everyone who wants to participate put their names and emails in an excel spreadsheet and then have the RA/group leader fill out the online form on our website.

What if my floor/group already registered and I wasn’t on the list? Just fill out the online registration form by yourself noting which floor/group you want to join.

Can I register without a group? Yes! Individuals can register without joining a floor/group and they will be paired with others who registered as an individual. Lots of people register that way.

Can I just show up on the day of the event? No, we need for you to sign up to be paired with a job site and receive all of the necessary liability information.

What kind of jobs will I be doing? You will get to spend the four hours working with a community member or several. We are non-need based and a way of saying thank you. Jobs range from raking leaves, helping clean out garages, washing windows, and more. We can do anything that doesn’t involve power tools. The volunteers are scheduled to be at their job sites for four hours so whatever can be done in that time.

Will The Big Event count for my community service? We are happy to sign any forms, but you need to check that this will count. If you miss the deadline, give us a call! 785-864-7469.

 

Job Sites

Is The Big Event need-based? No, anyone is welcome to sign up as a job site. Homes, agencies, parks, etc.

Do you help in Topeka or Eudora? No, KU liability will not allow us to go outside of Lawrence City limits.

What kinds of jobs can the volunteers do? We can do anything that doesn’t involve power tools. The volunteers are scheduled to be there for four hours so whatever they can get done in that time.

I submitted a form and haven’t heard back. We are working through the list of job sites submissions but are a bit behind. If it was over a week ago, please email bigeventku.outreach@gmail.com or call 785-864-7469 and they can let you know who will be contacting you.

If I rent my space, can I still have work done? Yes, but you are liable for talking to the owner.

I don’t have Internet, how do I sign up? Give us a call! 785-864-7469

I’m a homeowner but won’t be home during The Big Event. Can I still have volunteers come to my house? You or someone you know MUST be there WHEN THE VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE. If no one is present the volunteers will be instructed to help with another site.