search articles: 

   from the issue of April 6, 2006

Big Event projected to draw nearly 1,000 volunteers


As many as 900 UNL students are participating April 8 in "The Big Event," with some 30 participating area service organizations and agencies as volunteer sites, co-chair Emily Snodgrass said.


UNL's first effort to participate in the largest student-run service project in the nation is an opportunity for the university community to serve its Lincoln neighbors and others, Snodgrass said.

"We'll have probably a thousand people serving in various capacities in one day in our community, and that's most likely the largest-ever student-driven volunteer effort on campus," Snodgrass said.

Upwards of 50 faculty and staff, including teams from Varner Hall, Business and Finance, Human Resources and others, signed up to help.

Sites across Lincoln will benefit from the all-day work session, including neighborhood associations like Clinton, Malone and Hartley neighborhoods; and service agencies like the Downtown ActivAge Center, the Interfaith Housing Coalition, Lincoln Children's Zoo and Goodwill.

"We have a large group going to People's City Mission serving meals and doing maintenance. Our biggest jobs will be picking up trash."

Snodgrass said the deadline for participants to sign up for The Big Event has passed, but other groups and individuals are encouraged to work on that day, and call Student Involvement to add their hours to the tally.

"We'd really like to hear that others are joining in."

Events kick off Saturday at 8 a.m. and conclude with a celebration at 5 p.m. at the plaza, with a band and KFRX.

Other volunteers from the public are welcome to join in the concluding celebration.

The event is sponsored by Student Involvement and the Association of Students at the University of Nebraska.



Willing to accommodate
Forum finale to provide fiscal focus
Learning, research continue to inspire Banerjee
Big Event projected to draw nearly 1,000 volunteers
Partnership aims to commercialize beef/soy-based cholesterol-fighter