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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! 2022 date will be released soon - start the participation process with the links below!

 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. 

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

Join the 2022 Executive Team - Apply Now!

The executive team plans the BIG event from start to finish and plays a crucial role in recruiting service sites, volunteers, vendors, and overall planning for the event. This experience allows students to gain professional skills while working with a fun team and serving the place Carolina calls home.  Applications close May 14th. 


Get Involved with The Big Event 2022 - Coming Soon! 


Register a Team 

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

 1.) Select a team delegate. This can be any member of your organization who is willing to have a bit more responsibility leading up to The Big Event. We are no longer accepting Teams for The Big Event.

 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 delegate 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 to continue their love of service! 

Register as a Service Site 

We are no longer accepting site applications for the 2021 Big Event! We hope you can join us in future years! 



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