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Published on March 30th, 2022 | by University of Mississippi


Student-driven University of Mississippi “Big Event” Supports Community Projects

Nearly 1,500 volunteers set to complete service projects across Oxford and Lafayette County

Sponsors of the University of Mississippi‘s annual Big Event, set for Saturday, April 2, 2022, are expanding in-person activities.

The Big Event is an annual day of service in which student volunteers work on community service projects throughout the Ole Miss campus and Oxford-Lafayette County community. Volunteers will focus their efforts this year on a number of project sites including schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, community centers, and city/county-supervised sites.

“This year we are grateful to partner with individual community residents again and expand our number of available volunteer opportunities,” said Haley Anderson, assistant director of leadership programming.

Big Event co-coordinators estimate some 1,500 volunteers will work on service projects across nearly 30 LOU locations. Some of the community partnerships include Oxford and Lafayette County schools, Oxford Film Festival, Boys and Girls Club, More Than a Meal, Oxford Community Garden, and local churches.

Besides the community projects, Big Event has created on-campus service projects to give back to the community.

“We will have a number of residential projects, as well cleaning the local school’s buses,” said Madison Gordon, a senior public policy leadership major from Meridian and Big Event co-coordinator. “Additionally, the Big Event will host a letter drive on campus and cleaning up in different areas on campus.

“My hopes are that we will be able to strengthen our relationship with the LOU community as we have before.”

Ole Miss students have been organizing the Big Event, the largest day of community service in the state, since 2011.

Click here to register as a volunteer. For more information about the Big Event, visit here.

By Edwin B. Smith

University of Mississippi students help clear leaves and dead plants from the Oxford Community Garden as part of the 2021 Big Event. This year’s event, set for April 2, includes more opportunities for students to provide service to the LOU community. Photo by Logan Kirkland/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

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The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. A member of the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, Ole Miss has a long history of producing leaders in public service, business, academics and the professions. Its 16 academic divisions include a major medical school; nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy; and an Honors College acclaimed for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s most beautiful, Ole Miss's main campus is in Oxford, which is routinely recognized as one of the nation's best college towns.

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