Record Number of Participants during ‘Big Event’ Community Service Project

Published: March 31, 2015

Record Number of Participants during ‘Big Event’ Community Service Project

More than 800 participants comprised of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students, faculty and staff, and community members provided free services to eligible Corpus Christi residents including basic yard work and house painting on their property during the Student Volunteer Connection’s (SVC) “Big Event” held Saturday, March 28,  in 48 various locations throughout the city. 

The seventh annual “Big Event,” hosted by the SVC student organization, provided a helping hand for the elderly, those who are unable to do the work themselves, and people in need of financial support.

“The Big Event is mutually beneficial for anyone who lives in the City of Corpus Christi,” said Jennifer Hoang, Graduate Assistant of SVC. “I see it as a circular effect, where campus volunteers help the community, which they later help the university, and back around again.”

Campus organizations such as the Students Veterans Organization, the Kinesiology Club and various Greek affiliates were a part of the record number of participants for this year’s “Big Event.”  Volunteers were matched with job sites such as non-profit organizations and resident homes. Job sites varied from working with organizations including the Food Bank of Corpus Christi and Habitat for Humanity to duties such as mowing lawns or washing windows for a resident.

Job sites for this year’s Big Event included:

  • Corpus Christi Police Athletic League-Winnebago
  • Corpus Christi Police Athletic League-Buford
  • Dress for Success Corpus Christi
  • Food Bank of Corpus Christi
  • Garcia/Coastal Bend Cesar Chavez Committee
  • Greenwood Pool
  • Habitat for Humanity - Corpus Christi
  • Islander Gardens
  • Lindale Recreation Center
  • Lindale Senior Center
  • Mount Carmel
  • Oso Recreation Center
  • Padre Soccer Club
  • Pony Baseball-Opening Day Ceremonies
  • St. Mark's Lutheran Church
  • Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures-Lantern Festival
  • Up 5K/12th Annual Howdy Daze
  • West Guth Park
  • Bob Hall Beach Clean up
  • North Beach Clean up
  • Islander Clean
  • Oso Bay Nature Park Tree Planting
  • Collier Swimming Pool
  • Charlie's Place Recovery Center

SVC helps engage Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students with community service. SVC looks for community partnerships to provide students and student organizations with opportunities to make a difference in the community.