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Texas A&M’s ‘The Big Event’ Returns March 27

The service project, canceled last spring due to the pandemic, will resume Saturday with more than 10,000 volunteers and modifications for COVID-19 safety.
By Lesley Henton, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications March 24, 2021

a photo of a student wearing a mask and a Big Event shirt giving the gig em thumbs up
Big Event organizers said their plans include COVID-19 safety measures.

Sam Craft/Texas A&M Division of Marketing & Communications


Texas A&M University students will resume The Big Event on March 27 after the pandemic forced cancelation last spring. More than 10,000 student volunteers are expected to participate, completing a variety of community enhancement jobs throughout the Bryan-College Station community.

Founded by a Texas A&M student nearly 40 years ago, The Big Event is the nation’s largest, single-day, student-run service project.

Volunteers will complete more than 1,400 jobs throughout the community, including yard work, painting and landscaping. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the usual large gathering to kick off the event will not occur and volunteers have been picking up their tools via drive-thru distribution over the past couple of weeks. Protocols have been established to ensure safety during in-person projects.

Big Event Director Kristin Guzak ’21 said there is much built-up excitement for the event.

“After a year of so many changes to our normal day-to-day lives, it is encouraging to see our community of students and residents looking forward to taking part in this year’s Big Event,” she said, adding the event team has been working since May 2020 to ensure the service project would happen this year.

Guzak said the team has worked closely with experts to protect the health and safety of all participants. “Our team has received guidance from the Brazos County Health District, the university, and the Texas A&M COVID Taskforce, all of which have informed our resident and student guidelines of groups less than 10, outdoor jobs only, and masks and physical distancing at all times,” she said.

The Big Event will be livestreamed on the organization’s social media platforms including

Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. It will also appear via streaming services on KBTX.

To show your support for The Big Event, you can donate through the organization’s main endowment with the Texas A&M Foundation.

Media contact: Lesley Henton,

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