April 05, 2011
On Saturday, April 2, well over 100 Hampden-Sydney students and faculty members worked on service projects for the College's "Big Event." Started in 1982 at Texas A&M, the Big Event has spread to campuses across the country. It is now one of the largest student-led service projects in the nation. The purpose of the Big Event is to give back to the community and to thank local residents for their support throughout the year.
Volunteers gathered at College Church at 9 AM, registered, received a T-shirt, and set off to engage in projects that included deconstructing two homes to provide materials for the Habitat ReStore, painting a portion of the exterior of the Bolt home, planting and landscaping for Crossroads Community Services, the YMCA, the Woodlands, 1st Baptist Church, and College Church, and improving the kennels and trails at the Southside SPCA.
The service day ended with a picnic lunch on Chalgrove Point.
The Big Event was managed by Karin Gollin (left), Hampden-Sydney Volunteer Service Coordinator, and the chairman of this year's Big Event, Barron Frazier '12 (right).