The Big Event at Virginia Tech



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.

Projects are completed regardless of need or socioeconomic status; instead, it is The Big Event’s goal to simply say, “Thank you.” Seeded in our university’s motto of Ut Prosim (That I may serve) students and community members come together for a truly unparalleled experience.

The Big Event: “One Big Day. One Big Thanks.”


Starting in 2002, The Big Event at Virginia Tech has grown exponentially. Rooted in Virginia Tech’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), The Big Event has provided an opportunity for the entire Virginia Tech community to join together and thank the surrounding communities of Virginia Tech.

As you can see in the graphs below, the 2002 Big Event saw about 475 volunteers with 60 projects. This past year, The Big Event 2019 saw 7,820 volunteers complete 1,180 projects.

YearDateDirector(s)Assistant Director(s)VolunteersProjects
2024TBESophya Hargenrater & Loren CoxN/ATBDTBD
2023April 1Natalie Kasmarek & Jacob FrenchN/A5,225849 Completed
2022April 9Emily Smith & Nicky HatchN/A6,264919 Completed
2021April 3Julia Farrell & Trilby BrownN/A00
2020April 4Julia Farrell & Sam JohnsonN/A2,757...COVID
2019April 6Kelly McConnell & Katie RappoldSteven Black7,8201,180 Completed
2018April 7Monica Ricci & Eric RothenbergerKelly McConnell8,1401,125 Completed
2017April 8Abbey Brainard & John TedescoMonica Ricci8,2231,174 Completed
2016April 9Steven Vanderloo & Rahul KulkarniEllie Helton9,2001,102 Completed
2015April 11Tory Cottle & Austin MoonSteven Vanderloo8,0501,043 Completed
2014April 5Tony Ardura & Keith BardsleyMeggie Summers7,806878 Completed
2013April 6Doug BrainardTony Ardura & Jamie Lien 6,855 840 Completed
2012March 31Neil Allerton & Anuj BagaiDoug Brainard 6,852 990 Completed
2011April 9Nathan Lavinka & Gavin McDuffAllen Bowman 6,731 950 Completed
2010April 17Dan KnisleyNathan Lavinka 6,145 908 Completed
2009April 18Michael JabsDan Knisley 5,745 745 Completed
2008April 5Sussanah SinerMegan Lyons 3,565 453 Completed
2007March 31Brian TorgersonJulie Chop 3,529 356 Completed
2006April 1Chris SweeneyBrian Torgerson 2,100 250 Completed
2005April 9Melinda SchlenkAdam Street 1,650 200 Completed
2004March 27Andy LandersSummeet Bagai 1,450 179 Completed
2003March 29Christina CoukosShannon Bourchies900130 Completed
2002April 6Christina CoukosN/A47560 Completed


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