TAMU-CC ‘Big Event’ Draws Record Number of Volunteers

March 29, 2017

TAMU-CC ‘Big Event’ Draws Record Number of Volunteers

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The ninth annual Big Event broke new records with over 850 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students, faculty and staff volunteering on March 25 at approximately 50 jobs sites all over the city. The Big Event, hosted by the Student Volunteer Connection032817 big, is a way for students to express gratitude to their community, give back and have a chance to meet new faces.

“The Big Event is one big day of service and is our way to say thank you to Corpus Christi,” said Samantha De Melim, Student Activities Coordinator at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Part of our Momentum 20/20 goals is to expand service. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get involved, come together with their friends and give back to the community through service.”

Volunteers were matched with non-profit organizations and residential homes. The jobs varied from mowing lawns to painting to picking up trash. Job sites included the Food Bank of Corpus Christi, the Salvation Army, Fiesta de la Flor, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and more.

Many students participated with their student organizations. The Cadet Club, part of the Islander Army ROTC Battalion, assisted in cleaning up debris in the Ritz Theater. Built in 1929, the Ritz is an important historical landmark and former creative hub of downtown Corpus Christi. Closed since 1989, the Ritz is now one step closer to restoration.  

“I would really like to see this place restored fully,” said Steven Pedroza, mathematics major and member of the Cadet Club. “It’s a historical place. If it can be restored, it will act as a major attraction for Corpus Christi and help the city out.”

Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center, a 162-acre nature preserve, was also grateful for the A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Cultural Alliance who assisted in picking up trash along the trails and mudflats.

“We’re happy to have all students come out here and keep this area healthy for wildlife,” said Lauren Piorkowsky, employee of the Wetlands Preserve.

Since its inception in 2008, the Big Event continues to grow and give thanks. To learn more about SVC and additional volunteering opportunities that engage Islander students with the local community, go to svc.tamucc.edu.