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BIG Event Organizers Aim to Increase All-Around Participation for April 16

Ferris State UniversityFerris State University is home to The BIG Event, the largest student-run philanthropic project in Michigan. The annual effort is hosted by the campus Student Government Association. The ninth-annual service project is set for Saturday, April 16.

“We’re hoping to increase event participation as a whole,” said Kaitlyn Patrick, director of philanthropy for Student Government. “Our goal is to reach 2,000 volunteers and to have 300 homes to serve.”

The BIG Event is a day during which students, faculty, staff and community volunteers perform yard maintenance and other tasks throughout the Big Rapids community. In 2015, The BIG Event had 1,631 volunteers that served roughly 250 homes.

“This is an amazing event that helps so many homeowners in Big Rapids and is a fun filled day of service,” said Danielle Murphy, volunteer coordinator of The BIG Event.

Volunteers can sign up until Wednesday, March 23, through OrgSync. The form is found on the “Student Government of FSU” portal under “Forms.”

The BIG Event starts with breakfast at 8 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. from Top Taggart Field. In addition to breakfast, volunteers can have lunch during the Crimson and Gold Spring Football Game, which starts at noon from Top Taggart Field.

For more information about The BIG Event or questions about volunteering, contact Murphy at [email protected] or call the Student Government office at (231) 591-2611.

PHOTO CAPTION: In 2015, more than 1,600 Ferris State University student volunteers performed work tasks at approximately 250 homes throughout the Big Rapids community as part of The BIG Event.