Grand Prairie Big Event City-Wide Volunteer Day Celebrates Community

Grand Prairie will be the first city in the nation to bring Texas A&M’s legendary Big Event, adopted by 125 university campuses nationwide, to a municipality. The Grand Prairie Big Event was initiated by Councilwoman Jorja Clemson, who learned of the Big Event through her grandson, who attends Texas A&M.

In Grand Prairie, more than 1,200 volunteers will tackle nearly 100 service projects and celebrate unity in the community through the Big Event from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Volunteers will be teamed with others to help residents who have qualifying service projects. The Grand Prairie Big Event is a one-day city-wide community service project aimed to help those in need. The day begins with registration and a pep rally at 8 a.m. in the South Grand Prairie High School parking lot, 301 W. Warrior Trail. Teams will dispatch to their service projects for the morning. From noon – 1 p.m., volunteers may return to the SGP parking lot for hamburgers provided by In-N-Out Burgers. Volunteers will receive preferred seating that evening at the EpicCentral Park concert featuring Vocal Trash and Memphis Soul from 6-9 p.m., SH 161 and Arkansas Lane. The concert is open to the public. Food and beverage will be available for purchase in the park and attendees might bring chairs or blankets for the outdoor

Jobs may include raking leaves, hauling debris, weeding, planting flowers, mulching, spring cleaning, litter patrol, and other outdoor jobs that do not require power tools.

All jobs were vetted in advance of event day. They are in Grand Prairie, one-time only, not require the use of power tools and are outside of homes or businesses.

The Big Event success is not based on the number of volunteers, or the number of service projects so much as it is about the connections made and unity established through Grand Prairie. It’s a day aimed at benefiting local residents and businesses to provide services that promote unity.

The Big Event was established at Texas A&M in 1982 by Joe Nussbaum, then a student and now president of ACP International and Sa-So corporation in Arlington. In College Station, the Big Event is the largest one-day student-run service project in the nation. Each spring tens of thousands of students say thank you to residents of Bryan and College Station by completing more than 2,000 residential service projects such as yard work, window washing and painting. Since 1982, 125 other university campuses have adopted A&M’s concept and have begun their own Big Events.