Charleston alums pose after a service project
Atlanta Hokies participate in the 2017 Big Event
An alum does yard work as part of the Big Event

Find a project near you

The Big Event, a student-run day of community service, is April 7. Alumni chapters across the country are also pitching in. It's a way for Hokies to live our motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Alums will work on cleanups, Habitat for Humanity projects, food pantry drives, and more.

Find a project in your area. All service projects are scheduled for April 7 unless otherwise noted. 

The Atlanta chapter will volunteer with Trees Atlanta and plant trees at Chosewood Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please arrive at 8:45 a.m. to get signed in so that we can begin promptly at 9am. Chosewood Park is located at Nolan Street NE in Atlanta. All ages are welcome, but volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please wear closed-toed shoes or boots (waterproof is best), long pants such as jeans (no athletic wear or leggings), sunscreen and bug spray as needed. The chapter will provide water bottles and additional snacks. For details, contact Carmen Rodriguez.   

The Baltimore Chapter will host events in two areas. 

  • Bel Air area: Adopt a Highway, parking Lot of 108 East Wheel Road, Bel Air, MD from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The chapter will work on reducing litter and maintaining a clean environment by adopting part of Wheel Road in Bel Air. For more information, visit BaltimoreHokies.org or contact John Hayes.  
  • Howard County area: Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia MD, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The chapter will work on trash clean up, removal of invasive plants, and planting native plants. Please wear closed toed shoes and clothing suitable for working outdoors. Tools, gloves, snacks, refreshments, and guidance are provided. For more information, visit BaltimoreHokies.org or contact Gary Schropp.

The Central Florida Chapter  will participate in a beach cleanup day in Cocoa Beach in Brevard County. There will be a Virginia Tech gathering at the beach afterwards. The location is 1500 N. Atlantic Ave. in Cocoa Beach from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact P.J. Pietrandrea

The Central PA Chapter will be doing a cleanup at a start park called Kings Gap, located at 500 Kings Gap Road in Carlisle, PA. For more information, please contact Lyndsey Royek.

The Central Savannah River Area Chapter will volunteer at the Augusta Dream Center by collecting clothes, food, and handing out literature to the community. This will take place on May 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Robyn Williams.

The Central Virginia Chapter will be volunteering at the Lynchburg Humane Society from 9 a.m. to noon. Duties consist of assisting the animal care team by walking dogs, socializing with the animals, and routine housekeeping. Lunch will be provided in the social hall afterwards. For more information, contact Lindsay Bade.

The Charleston Chapter will participate in a Food and Supply Drive for 180 Place on April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Marion Square in Downtown Charleston. They will be stationed along Calhoun Street, halfway between Meeting Street and King Street. Their most needed items are listed on the chapter’s website at charlestonhokies.com. For more information, contact Tiffany P. Ritchie

The Charlotte Chapter will participate in the following activities:

  • Adopt-A-Street: Participants will help with street cleanup from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes and bring gloves if you have them. We will provide trash pickers and trash bags. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of the Belmont Regional Center, located at 700 Parkwood Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205.
  • Metrolina Association for the Blind: Participants will help with landscaping, including weeding and trimming bushes, at the Metrolina Association for the Blind from 9 to 11 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes and bring gloves and shovels if you have them. The center is located at 704 Louise Ave. in Charlotte.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: Participants will inspect and sort donations from 9 a.m. to noon. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. The Food Bank is located at 500-B Spratt St. in Charlotte.

For more information, contact Daciay Quenah

The Classic City Chapter of Athens, Georgia is volunteering at Books for Keeps Warehouse, located at 420 Athena Drive from 10 a.m. to noon. Chapter members will box up books for Spring distribution. For more information, contact Sherry Clouser.

The Columbia Chapter will volunteer at Palmetto Place Children's Home from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Samantha Skeeter.

The Denver Chapter will volunteer at Bear Creek Lake Park at 15600 West Morrison Road in Lakewood from 9 a.m. to noon. The group will work on trail maintenance to improve their recreation trails. Please arrive at the Visitor’s Center by 9 a.m. for a group photo. For more information, contact or Mark Hojegian or Dan Gladden.

The Fauquier Chapter will host an Adopt-A-Highway event at the Warrenton Commuter Lot on the corner of 605 & 29 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Laura Symanski or Linda Dick.

The First State Chapter will be supporting Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County with a build day from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Alumni interested in volunteering should contact Harold Schneikert by March 28. Habitat now requires volunteers to create an account and complete registration. Please register here

The group will work on four new homes in Wilmington and work day instructions will be sent to all who have registered online the week before.   For more information, please contact Harold Schneikert.

The Fredericksburg Chapter will participate in two projects:

For more information, contact Jamie Marshall.

The Houston Chapter will volunteer at Houston Pets Alive!, an area non-profit animal shelter that works to rescue animals. Originally a foster-based program only, they became a physical shelter after rescuing hundreds of animals during Hurricane Harvey. The Chapter will help with various housekeeping needs and collect pet supplies to donate to the shelter (bring donations with you).  The event will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Houston Pets Alive! shelter at 8620 Stella Link Rd. For more information, contact Kelly Morrissett.
  

The Indy Chapter will partner with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to host a tree planting event. An event will be posted to our Indy Hokies Facebook page with the details. For more information, contact David Frix .

The Jacksonville Chapter will hold a build day with Beaches Habitat for Humanity from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please meet at the construction site, OceanGate, located at 201 Mayport Road. The neighborhood is just northeast of the intersection of Mayport Road and Atlantic Boulevard.

Please plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow enough time to park and turn in your paperwork so the project can start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Waivers for both adults and minors are required. To request a waiver and for more information please contact Jamie Douglas.

The Minnesota Chapter will volunteer at Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, located at 4124 Roseway Road from 10 a.m. to noon CST. Members will help the rose garden horticulturist prep the Lyndale Park Rose Garden for the spring season. For more information, contact Brian Koons.

The Nashville Chapter will be prepping the garden area at the Bellevue Edible Learning Lab from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Bell Garden exists to promote community values and create healthy lifestle hahbits. Alumni and friends (including children), can learn more and sign up online. For more information please contact Caroline Caldwell.

The National Capital Region Chapter is offering three community service opportunities. 

  • Virginia: Park cleanup at Isaac Crossman Park, 535 N. Van Buren St. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Chapter members will help clean up litter around the park. Litter pickers, bags, gloves, and vests will be provided.
  • D.C.: Capital Area Food Bank, 4900 Puerto Rico Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Chapter members will sort and organize food.
  • Maryland: The Village at Rockville, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (times may shift slightly). Chapter members will assist with residents at The Village of Rockville by conducting a Parkinson's Awareness Walk.

For more information, contact Rochelle Ko.

The NC Triad Chapter will volunteer from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the SECU Family House. The chapter will prepare a dinner meal in advance for approximately 40 people who are caring for and visiting loved ones in local hospitals. The SECU Family House is an organization that provides affordable lodging for patients, families, and caregivers who travel to Winston-Salem for medical treatment. They are located at 1970 Baldwin Lane in Winston-Salem. For more information, contact Eric Eley.

The New England Hokies will work with the Mystic Valley Watershed Association to do a trash assessment/clean-up in MacDonald Park in Medford (adjacent to the Wellington T station) on April 28th.  The rain date is April 29th.  More details are coming soon.  For more information, contact Michael Zehner.

The New Jersey Chapter will be building homes for Habitat for Humanity on April 14. The large number of homes under construction offers diverse projects for everyone. Meet at Paterson Habitat for Humanity Headquarters. The minimum age for working on the site is 16 years old. Please sign up as early as possible at Big Event Registration -- NJ. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bruce Ciccone.

The New River Valley Chapter will participate in the Color Me Cameron run in Pulaski from 9 to 11 a.m. Chapter members will participate by dousing the runners with colored powders as they proceed along the route. For more information and to RSVP, visit our Facebook page.

The North Alabama Chapter is volunteering at Huntsville Botanical Gardens, located at 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. From 9 a.m. to noon, members will add new activities to the Children’s Garden. For more information, contact Megan Harrell.

The Orange County Chapter will be volunteer at the Fullerton Boys & Girls Club. For more information, please visit our Facebook page and website.

The Palmetto Chapter is postponing their clean up along the Reedy River because the river is running high and murky from the frequency of local storms. They plan to reschedule in April or early May. Stay tuned for details.  For more information, contact Tiffany Craig.

The Peninsula Chapter will collect non-perishable food items and other essential needs at Sam's Club in Newport News from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit our Facebook page for updated details.

The Prince William Chapter will work on a VDOT Adopt-A-Highway cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8677 Plant Place in Manassas (use access road entrance to Meadows Farms Garden Center). For more information, contact Jim Little.

The Richmond Chapter will help clean up the Swift Creek Floodplain at Pocahontas State Park, located at 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring a bucket, if available, and gardening gloves. Wear the appropriate outdoor/gardening attire. Please bring your own lunch and water. Light snacks and water will be provided at the closing picnic. For more information, visit our Facebook page or contact the Chapter President

The Roanoke Chapter will paint and work on maintenance projects at the Mill Mountain Zoo at 9 a.m. The rain date is April 14. For more information, contact Amanda Downing.

The Shenandoah Chapter will be holding a Virginia Tech Memorial Garden Clean-up at Shenandoah Park in Stephens City. Volunteers will plant flowers and shrubs, weed, lay mulch, and pruned trees. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and a lunch will be provided. Please bring work gloves, shovels, and Hokie Spirit! For more information, contact shenandoahchaptervtaa@gmail.com or Vicki Culbreth.

The SE Michigan Chapter will volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity, located at 28575 Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills.  For more information, contact Shankar Narayanan at 734-645-7978.

The Southwest Florida Chapter is partnering with Children's Hospitals on their “Bubbles, Band-Aids and Books” campaign. They're collecting small bottles of bubbles, child friendly Band-Aids, books, childrens new underwear and pajamas for children. Note: Pajama sets or pajama pants for teenagers is most needed. There are three locations for donations:

  • Fort Myers
    Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
    9981 S Healthpark Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908
    Deliver items to the information desk
    Hours: Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Naples
    Kids’ Urgent Care Golisano | Nicklaus Children’s Health Center
    3361 Pine Ridge Road #101, Naples, FL 34109
    Hours: Seven days a week 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Port Charlotte
    Pediatric Specialty Clinic
    22655 Bayshore Road Suite 120, Port Charlotte, FL 33980
    Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Stephanie Smith.

The Southwest Virginia Chapter will partner with the Blood Alliance to host a blood drive. Additional details are coming soon. For more information, contact Lake Wagner.

The Tidewater Chapter is supporting the Samaritan House by cleaning and refreshing one of their emergency houses in Virginia Beach on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Tony Flores.

The Triangle Chapter is going to clean up their own little bit of Raleigh with an Adopt-A-Highway event April 14 at 10:30 a.m. Please meet in the Harris Teeter parking lot at Plaza West Shopping Center, 5563 Western Blvd., and proceed to clean up Jones Franklin Road. It should take roughly 1.5-2 hours and the chapter will supply gloves, bags, and stylish safety vests. Make plans to stay afterwards for lunch at Sonic if you would like. This is a great chance to put Ut Prosim into action. There will be free Big Event t-shirts for those that participate as well. For more information, contact Brent Laurenz.

The Western Maryland Chapter will participate again this year. Stay tuned for details. For more information, contact Jennifer Griesbach

The Williamsburg Chapter will prepare the gardens at the freedman's cabin and work on the pathways and flower beds of the Botanical Garden at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden in Freedom Park, located at 5535 Centerville Road from 10 a.m. to noon. Tools and materials will be provided, but please bring your own work gloves. The first 20 volunteers will receive a special t-shirt. RSVP deadline is April 6. For additional information, email Karen Rehm  or call 757-564-8972.

The Wythe-Bland Chapter will be doing random acts of community service all day as part of The Big Event. Please choose a way you can serve our community by doing one of the following: volunteering at a local soup kitchen, assisting with trash pickup, or performing a random act of kindness for someone in the community. Please post on Facebook or take a photo and send to Elizabeth Ballard.

One big day

The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run day of service that has grown into the second largest event of its kind in the nation.

Every spring, thousands of students, faculty, and staff complete nearly 1,200 community service projects throughout the New River Valley.

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