The Big Event

Thanks to everyone that registered! See you all on April 9!

What is The Big Event?

The Big Event, a national organization started at Texas A&M in 1982, aims to give back to local communities through one large day of service. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, more than 3,000 students, faculty, and staff are expected to volunteer and give thanks to Lincoln this spring as part of The Big Event. The organization is entirely student-run and funded by donations from the community.

Volunteering is easy

More than 150 groups volunteered last year alone! You can volunteer this year as an individual or as part of a group.

We look forward to working with you on April 9th, 2016. If you were unable to sign up last year, we hope that you will apply this coming spring. After individuals or groups sign up to volunteer, The Big Event staff will connect you with a volunteer site for the day. Volunteering through The Big Event is a great opportunity to serve in the Lincoln community without a long-term commitment. Find out more about volunteering as an individual or as part of a group now! Questions? Email us at

The Motto

"One Big Day, One Big Thanks" guides The Big Event in showing its gratitude to the surrounding community through completing one day of service-oriented activities for neighbors and the community.

Core Values

The Big Event at UNL is based on the same core values as its predecessor at Texas A&M: service and unity. The Big Event views service broadly to encompass the needs of the community without respect to socioeconomic status. Additionally, community is not viewed simply as a place to live, but an opportunity to create meaningful relationships and give to something greater. One day is something that we can all take from our lives to give to those around us and build unity in our community.