Big Service Peppers the Community

by Sanam Bhakta —  

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Big Event is one of the biggest events at UCO. This “day of service” has a 19-year tradition at UCO, having spread nationwide after starting at Texas A&M in 1982. Throughout the years, Big Event has sent out thousands of volunteers to the Edmond area, positively impacting our community.

photo of UCO students outsideDue to COVID-19, this year’s event on Saturday, March 27, 2021 was a bit different than in previous years, but they still had over 300 student participants. Usually, large groups of students travel to a few areas to serve. This year, however, many more, smaller groups traveled to more spots around the OKC metro to serve. For example, the UCO Flames went to Pepper Ranch while Sigma Lambda Gamma went elsewhere to pack coats for this fall. And yes, everyone had their masks on and sleeves rolled up to get to work.

Thi Vuong loves volunteering, and that is why she committed to being the executive board’s business relation chair for Big Event this year. Her job was to work on all the donations, giveback nights, and the outreach in the community regarding food donations. She says that,

“Big Event is a full day of community service throughout Oklahoma City, Edmond, and the surrounding areas of Edmond. The biggest difference of Big Event, in comparison to other organizations on campus, is that Big Event is a campus-wide event for many groups or organizations to come together and make a difference in different parts of the community while representing UCO.”

As you may have guessed, Big Event was STLR-tagged for the Service Learning & Civic Engagement tenet, meaning all participants got STLR Exposure-level credit. In addition, the student leaders of this event have the chance to get STLR Leadership credit. Big Event will forever be a staple event on our campus to connect us to our surrounding community and show them what Bronchos are made of. Learn more about Big Event on the Office of Community Engagement’s website at https://www.uco.edu/student-resources/ce/big-event.

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