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Students Create Irreplaceable Community Connections Through the Big Event

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Written by: Communicator StaffMarch 26, 2014

On March 29th, students from all over the country will focus their efforts to better their community through volunteer work as part of the Big Event.

Joe Nussbaum in 1982 at Texas A&M University. He started the event so students could say thank you to the community for supporting the college throughout the year. As it has grown, it has managed to reach at least 75 different schools in the United States including IPFW, which started taking part in 2012.

What makes this event different from any other is the impact that it brings to the students, organizations, alumni, and faculty in the community.
“Last year I got to know students, non-music students, that I wouldn’t otherwise have met, and that’s one of my favorite aspects of the Big Event, getting to know new people,” said Samuel Thomas, a junior who is leading a group from the music department.

Even though students work to make an impact on the community, the event usually has some impact on the participants.

“We often don’t think about how this kind of service effects the volunteers, but I think volunteers actually get more out of the experience than do the people they’re helping. Giving of yourself this way can truly be life-changing,” Thomas said.

One organization, Psi Chi, has been thinking about this event since the beginning of the last semester, and they have been a part of the event since it began in 2012.

“These agencies are ecstatic every year after they see what all the volunteers can accomplish in a few short hours,” said Elizabeth Jenkins, President of Psi Chi.

According to Jenkins, the connection that forms between the participants and the organizations is irreplaceable. These students learn about businesses they might not have known about before.

This year, IPFW expects to have around 1000 students joining to help out their community, which would be a 300 person increase over last year.

Story by: Mackenzie Billman