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  • A large group of students in front of the Russell House for The Big Event

The Big Event

Join us as we thank the surrounding Columbia community by volunteering for a day of service.

Stay tuned: The Big Event 2021 Date will be announced early in the Fall Semester 

 One Big Day. One Big Thanks. 

The Big Event History

The Big Event is an annual event that takes place on over 100 college campuses nationwide. It was started by Texas A&M’s student government in 1982 as a way for students to show appreciation to the surrounding community.

The Big Event is an opportunity for students to develop relationships with local community members and give thanks for the resources that the city provides to the university. 

UofSC’s The Big Event

The Big Event was brought to UofSC in the Spring of 2018. Students gather on Greene Street Fields in the morning and are sent to volunteer sites to complete tasks requested by local community members. Following the volunteer period, students meet back on Greene Street Fields to celebrate their service with an afternoon of music, food, and fun.

USC’s The Big Event attempts to bridge the gap between students and the greater Columbia community through promoting acts of service and social sustainability. 


Get Involved with The Big Event 2021 - See your options below and check back in the Fall Semester for Registration Links!


Register a Team 

Looking to have your student organization or group serve on a team together? 

 1.) Select a team captain/delegate. This can be any member of your organization who is willing to have a bit more responsibility leading up to The Big Event. The team captain will register your organization. 

 2.) After successfully registering your team, each member of your group can sign up individually and select to be a part of your team on the form.

Register as a Participant

Part of a team? Your team name will appear for you to select on the registration form after your team captain registers your group. Please do not register until you see your team name appear. 

Volunteering solo? Not a problem! Simply register yourself without associating with a team and you will be added to a group of UofSC volunteers for the day of service!

Register as an Alumnus

Alumni can register using this link and either join our UofSC Alumni team or join an organization they were affiliated with during undergrad!

Register as a Service Site

 Looking to have UofSC students serve at your residence or local nonprofit? Fill out this form and a Big Event representative will be in touch about next steps! 


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