The Big Event at Roanoke



The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the 2nd largest event of its kind in the nation. Every spring, thousands of students, faculty, and
staff come together to complete hundreds of community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and the New River Valley. This year, we will be bringing The Big Event to Roanoke!

Our Roanoke campus has grown tremendously in recent years, and we have been continuously humbled by the appreciation and enthusiastic welcome from the Roanoke community. Our hope is that we can all actively come together – VTC undergraduate, graduate and medical students, faculty, staff, and community members – for a day to build relationships and strengthen our community through service. Projects will be completed regardless of need or socioeconomic status; instead it is The Big Event’s goal to simply say, “Thank you.”



To register as a volunteer for Roanoke, click here.

You must be a VT affiliated student or staff to participate. You can register as an individual or as a group.


Resident Project Requests

The Big Event gives students a way to give back to our community and show appreciation to ALL non-student residents and organizations of Roanoke by completing volunteer projects FREE of charge. Examples of previous projects include general yard work, painting, mulching, washing windows, cleaning, and minor repairs of general residences, churches, and other community locations. We would also love to consider any other ideas you might have! Projects should last no longer than 4 hours and must not involve power tools. If needed, tools may be provided by The Big Event.

Submit your job request by contacting with details of your projects.


Roanoke Team

Meet the team bringing the Big Event to Roanoke and learn why they are passionate about serving their community:


Name: Gabriela Carrillo
Position: Co-Director Roanoke
TBMH Graduate Student
“I believe service provides a remarkable opportunity to strengthen communities by increasing mutual awareness, understanding, and compassion.”

Name: Awaiz Khan
Position: Co-Director Roanoke
VTCSOM Medical Student
“I am passionate about helping those in my community because I believe in giving people opportunities to succeed. We all are surviving in this community together and therefore I feel a responsibility to address issues in the community from which I utilize so many resources.”

Name: Allison Bouslog
Position: Director of Outreach Roanoke
TBMH Graduate Student
“I think it’s important to serve my community because I absolutely love being a scientist, and our community is what makes science actually happen. I couldn’t do anything without community support, taxpayer support, and individual participation in research studies, so I strive to give back in any way that I can!”

Name: Miranda Gerrard
Position: Director of Logistics Roanoke
VTCSOM Medical Student
“Giving back to my community is so incredibly important to me because they are precisely the reason I am who I am today. Back home we were rather fond of the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child" and my small town epitomized exactly that. All of my memories are speckled by neighbors dropping in, friends helping out, and coming together as a massive, unrelated family. Now, it is my turn to give back to that community that had so much input in making me who I am. Finally, this is something I am very passionate about because this is what we are called to do... to be in community and to serve one another, and I know it puts a smile on God's face when we do it!“


Please contact us with any questions:

Gabriela Carrillo:

Awaiz Khan: or




A huge thank you to VTCRI and the wonderful staff donating their time and resources to make the Big Event in Roanoke a possibility!