Posted By: Ashley Harding
UNL's biggest community service project is coming up.
In April, more than 3,000 UNL students, faculty, and staff will get together for the eighth annual Big Event, a day of giving back to nonprofits and residents in the community. They're sure they will have enough volunteers, but maybe not enough work to do.
"To see all of that energy in one space is really, really cool. It's really special," co-chair Kaitlin Mazour.
The volunteers will do work for both non–profits and private residents in the community. From yard work to cleanup, very little is off limits. But organizers say this year, they've got a problem. They have plenty of volunteers already signed up, but they're way behind on securing job sites. This means they could have a lot of helpers with nowhere to work.
"We'll send 30 volunteers to a job site that only wants 20. It's not going to be meaningful for the volunteers and it's not going to help the job site as much," Executive Team Member Ian Vosburg said.
It turns out that signing up your organization or home is actually really simple. All you have to do is go online to the website, move over to request volunteers, and then choose from your options.
The deadline to sign up is March 1st. The organizers say with a little help... this is sure to be one of the best events ever.
"It's nice to know that even the little things that we can do can really mean something to people all over the city. We really enjoy the opportunity to do so."
You can sign up at any Russ's Market at the customer service desk or go to the website. Although the deadline is March 1, they are open to some late sign-ups.
The website: http://bigevent.unl.edu/