The Big Event

The Big Event 2012, Community ServiceThis year's Big Event will be held on March 25, 2017!


The Big Event is a day of service with a simple message to the community - THANK YOU

It originated at Texas A&M in 1982 and the Big Event has since 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, to thank local residents for their support throughout the year.

Hampden-Sydney's Big Event began in 2011 and has grown from 110 volunteers that year to over 200 students, faculty, and staff in 2016.  Service projects for the Big Event include helping neighbors with yard work and other home projects, as well as helping local community service organizations.  

For more information, please email Sandy Cooke, the Driector of Student Affairs Operations and Civic Engagement, at

If you are curious about the types of projects, here's a sample from a previous year:

  • In Prospect, an illegal tire dump was cleaned up
  • At FACES food pantry, food was distributed to several hundred families.
  • Chalgrove lake was cleaned.
  • Work was done on the Evans Family Cemetery with Dr. Bob Herdegen.
  • College Church had mulch spread and the grounds cleaned up.
  • At Heartland Hores Heroes, a classroom was painted.
  • In Farmville, the Moton Museum had mulch spread.
  • Dr. Rachel Goodman led a group in a Clean Virginia Waterways project.
  • Plants were planted at the Woodlands retirement community.
  • Roadways in Prince Edward were cleaned.
  • At Habitat sites, a deconstruction project was done, as well as some brush clearing.
  • Several local residents had planting done, a deck stained, a gravel driveway spread, and other tasks they needed help with.

  • The Big Event 2015, Community Service

The Big Event 2015, Community Service

The Big Event 2015, Community Service

The Big Event 2015, Community Service