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The Big Event, a student-run day of community service, is April 6. 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 6 unless otherwise noted.
The Atlanta Hokies are volunteering with Trees Atlanta for their day of service. The chapter will be at Tanyard Creek Park, located in Buckhead between Collier Road and the Northside Trail of the Beltline. For more information on the project, please visit the Trees Atlanta project website. At the bottom of the site, you will find a map to the meeting location and a link to sign up for the event. For information, please contact Carmen Rodriguez.
The Baltimore Hokies will support the Robinson's Nature Center in Howard County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will clear invasive brush, non-native species of plants, and plant flower beds and/or trees in and around the Center. Please bring gloves. Tools will be provided by Nature Center. For more information, please contact Lindsay Elkins.
For Hokies in Harford County, we will "Keep Our County Beautiful" by reducing litter and maintaining a clean environment by adopting part of Wheel Road in Bel Air on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the parking Lot of 108 East Wheel Road. For more informaiton, please contact John Hayes or 410-322-3503.
Central Florida Hokies will participate in a planned beach cleanup day in Cherie Down Park in Cocoa. The coordinated event is from 8 a.m. to noon, but chapter members are welcome to arrive anytime during that window. There will be a site point of contact so please check in with them when you arrive. They will provide latex gloves and trash bags. If you have other gloves you wish to use, please bring them. They also have trash pickers and grabbers, but they are limited on a first come, first serve basis. The chapter will have the t-shirts from Virginia Tech to distribute.
After the event, volunteers are planning to visit a brewery in Melbourne that is owned by a Hokie. More information will be released as plans are finalized.
For more information, please contact PJ Pietrandrea.
The Central Virginia Chapter will volunteer at the Lynchburg Humane Society, located at 1211 Old Graves Mill Road, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Duties consist of assisting the animal care team by walking dogs, socializing with the animals, and routine housekeeping. Refreshments will be provided afterwards to all volunteers. For more information, contact Lindsay Bade.
The Charleston Chapter will participate in a Food and Supply Drive for 180 Place during their local Run in Remembrance on April 13 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. Look for a maroon tent and orange and maroon balloons. Most needed items are listed on the chapter’s website at charlestonhokies.com. For more information, contact Tiffany P. Ritchie.
Help the Charlottesville Chapter, in partnership with Timberwood Grill, in commemorating Virginia Tech’s Big Event. Join local alumni in promoting Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) at a Blood Drive on April 8 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Timberwood Grill is located at 3311 Worth Crossing. Those willing to donate blood will receive a Big Event t-shirt and a free appetizer. Not able to give blood? Join us for a Hokie hoopla to meet area Hokies and support a raffle for the local scholarship fund. For more details, contact Martin Harar or 434-984-4779.
The Classic City Chapter of Athens, Georgia is volunteering at Books for Keeps Warehouse located at 420 Athena Drive at 10 a.m. Chapter members will box up books for spring distribution. For more information, contact Sherry Clouser.
The Cincinnati Hokies will participate in Rock the Block for the Big Event and Day of Remembrance as part of our alma mater's motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) on April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rock the Block is a neighborhood clean-up day with exterior home repair and maintenance, such as painting and landscaping. We will participate with Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations to conduct exterior home repairs and a neighborhood clean-up project in the Five Points neighborhood of Fairfield Township. Please join us by registering here today!
The Columbia Chapter is planning to volunteer for Epworth Children's Home "Cookout for Kids" Annual BBQ fundraiser on April 6 from noon to 2 p.m. for our Big Event activity. We are looking forward to another successful day of service with fellow Hokies! For more information, contact Samantha Skeeter.
The Denver Chapter will volunteer at Denver Urban Gardens on a garden project with Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy located at 2250 S. Quitman Way. Chapter members will clean up and prepare a garden area to get ready to plant in the spring from 9 a.m. to noon on April 6. For more information, contact Dan Gladden or Mark Hojegian.
The Fauquier Chapter Alumni will hold its Annual Commuter Lot Clean Up as part of The Big Event on April 6 at 9:30 a.m. We will gather at the Commuter Lot at 29 and 605 in Warrenton. All are invited to help. If you are a NHS student, please bring your forms for community service. This year, the chapter is also collecting cans of food to donate to a local food bank. Please bring at least two cans. For more information, visit the chapter's website or contact Laura Symanski.
Join the First State Chapter April 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for their Habitat for Humanity Build! Each year, in the spirit of Ut Prosim, Delaware Hokies participate in Virginia Tech's Big Event service initiative by partnering with Habitat for Humanity to support a local project. This event also serves as a remembrance gathering for the tragic events of April 16.
We are looking forward to bringing a large group of Hokies together to support our community. Please follow the sign up instructions below to reserve your volunteer spot as soon as possible:
- Click the following link to get the Virginia Tech login page.
- If you are a returning volunteer and remember your user name and password, login in at the landing page. You will be directed to a Virginia Tech page with only one event listed for registration on April 6. Click the April 6 build event and proceed to complete the necessary forms. Your registration is complete. You are ready to work!
- If you are a new volunteer, create a new account, then login in. Under the “Events” tab, move the calendar to April and click on the Virginia Tech build on April 6. Proceed to complete the necessary forms. Your registration is complete. You are ready to work!
- If you are a returning volunteer, but have forgotten your user name and/or password, follow the instructions to update your login data and then login. Under the “Events” tab, move the calendar to April and click on the Virginia Tech build on April 6. Proceed to complete the necessary forms. Your registration is complete. You are ready to work!
This year, the Fredericksburg Hokies will undertake two projects. Please see the information below and consider coming out to volunteer!
Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
Volunteer at the Rappahannock Goodwill Industries at 4701 Market St. from 9 a.m. to noon. The group will be unloading donations from a trailer and sorting them into different merchandise categories as directed by the Goodwill staff. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jamie Marshall or 540-903-4480.
SERVE (Stafford Food Pantry)
At Giant Food in the Celebrate Virginia North Shopping Center, volunteers will greet shoppers as they enter, offering them a list of needed items such as non-perishable canned and boxed goods, toiletries, diapers, etc. When shoppers return with donations, we’ll collect them and “stuff the truck!” This will take place at 550 Celebrate Virginia Parkway in Fredericksburg from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We need at least two volunteers manning the truck at all times. We are looking to break the day up into the following two hour shifts:
- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- 11 a.m. 1 p.m.
- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, contact John Palmer or 540-903-7687.
The Houston Hokies will be going to the Houston Food Bank April 6 at 8 a.m. The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. It distributes 122 million nutritious meals through its network of 1,500 community partners in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year. The Food Bank has as many as 200 volunteers on a given Saturday morning; we plan to provide 20 of those. Please visit their Facebook page to register. For more information, contact Fred Gibson.
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter will be participating in the Big Event by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity April 6 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This the fourth year the chapter has participated. There will be five volunteers participating this year. For more information, contact Jamie Douglas.
The Minnesota chapter is excited to partner with Children’s Hospital & the Ronald McDonald House in St. Paul to buy, cook, and serve dinner in two of their location April 6 from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. This is to provide home cooked meals for families that are staying at the hospital while their kids receive treatment. For more information, visit their volunteer website, check out the chaptyer's Facebook page, or contact Grant Gardner.
Join the Nashville Chapter Saturday, April 6 for its local Big Event! Come help prepare the Bellevue Edible Learning Lab (Bell Garden) at 655 Colice Jeanne Road in Nashville. We will work from 9 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome, but no matter the age, all must be signed up to help. Sign up here!
The Bell Garden has plenty of tools and gloves to share with our volunteers, but they do not have drinking water on site. Please make sure to bring your own. At this time of year, the garden can be extremely muddy. Please wear weather appropriate clothes and shoes. For more information, contact Caroline Johnston
The National Capital Region Chapter is offering four community service opportunities. Please register here, as space is limited.
- Virginia: Ronald McDonald House Northern Virginia
3312 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us in a variety of activities to tidy up the house and grounds at the Ronald McDonald house on the Inova Fairfax Hospital Campus. Visit rmhcdc.org for more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington! Limited to five volunteers.
- D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
3060 R St. NW | Washington, D.C. 20007
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us to help clean up the Dumbarton Oaks Park! We will be working on invasive plant removal and picking up downed wood, and other typical park maintenance activities. This is a family-friendly activity, so bring the kids along! Visit https://dopark.org/ to learn more about Dumbarton Oaks Park!
Ronald McDonald House DC
3727 14th St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Join us to help prepare and serve breakfast to the residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Washington, DC. Visit rmhcdc.org for more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington! Limited to 10 volunteers.
- Maryland: Bikes for the World
11720 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (times may shift slightly)
Join us at Bikes for the World to help pack about 500 bikes into a single shipping container to be donated to overseas partners. Volunteers help load the bikes, pack parts, and prep bikes for shipments including taking off the pedals and loosening handlebars. No prior bike knowledge necessary and this is kid-friendly! Visit bikesoftheworld.org for more information! Limited to 15 volunteers.
For more information, contact Rochelle Ko.
Join fellow Hokies in a Day of Remembrance volunteer event!
The chapter will be assisting Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County with the construction of a local home. The exact location and more details will be shared with all those who RSVP before the day of the event. No prior construction experience is expected or required. Follow the directions below to RSVP and sign up for a volunteer slot.
- Click "Create New Account" at the right side, below SIGN IN.
- Create a User Name and Password and click "Next."
- On the next screen, you will be asked for a Join Code. Type (in all CAPS) VA TECH and then click "Next."
- Complete the user details form. You must read and agree to the waiver and release of liability.
- After checking your account information, click on "Next" to sign up for an event. The next page will begin a listing of events.
- Above today’s date, click on "All Events."
- Select "CONSTRUCTION"
- Scroll to April 6, find "Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance" and click the green SIGN UP button.
- All who sign up will immediately receive an email from Habitat as a confirmation.
For more information, contact Tom Parker.
The New Jersey Hokies are participating in this year’s Big Event by working with Paterson Habitat for Humanity on building affordable homes. The chapter's build date is scheduled for April 6.
Things to Bring
- Work gloves
- Comfortable work clothing and shoes
- Lunch, snacks, and water
Other helpful information:
No construction experience is needed. Habitat for Humanity will have experienced construction staff and supervisors on site to guide the projects and direct us as needed. Safety and fun is a priority so everyone will be assigned a project that they feel comfortable with. We have a number of sites to choose from and the projects and tasks vary to fit skill levels. The minimum age for working on the site is 16 years old. There’s no maximum age. Please sign up here: http://vhub.at/VATechAlumni.
For more information, contact Bruce Ciccone.
The New River Valley Chapter will participate in the Color Me Cameron run in Pulaski on April 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Chapter members will participate by dousing the runners with colored powders as they proceed along the route. For more information, contact Doug Anderson.
The North Alabama Hokies will volunteer at the CASA Vegetable Garden located at 4725 Bob Wallace Ave SW in Huntsville on Saturday, April 13. We are looking for 10-15 individuals to help from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Feel free to bring your significant other. Non-Hokies are also welcome!
CASA wanted to give us a few pointers:
1) The alumni group will supply bottled water and snacks for volunteers, but please bring any necessary sunscreen/insect repellant. We will have t-shirts to hand out as well.
2) Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. They will have garden gloves available, but feel free to bring your own from home.
3) CASA requests that valuables be left in your locked vehicle or at home. Each volunteer will sign a waiver upon arrival.
Right next to the Botanical Gardens on the side closest to Jordan Lane. Turn in where you see the CASA Community Garden sign and wind around to the left. You will see the garden up on the hill. For more information and to RSVP, contact Megan Harrell.
The Northwest Florida/Mobile Chapter will participate in the Virginia Tech Big Event this year for the first time. The chapter will be prepare and serve lunch at the Ronald McDonald House for approximately 40 people at noon. We anticipate having about 10 chapter members participating in the event. We will gather at the Ronald McDonald House at 5200 Bayou Blvd. in Pensacola at 10 a.m. to start meal prep and anticipate finishing clean-up by 2 p.m. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Carla Cuilik.
The Peninsula Chapter will volunteer at the Peninsula SPCA's Petting Zoo for The Big Event. The group will clean, feed, and interact with the animals. The day will start at 9 a.m. at 523 J Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News. For more information and to sign up, contact Louise Schaeffler or visit the chapter's Facebook page.
The Richmond Hokies are cleaning up the Swift Creek Floodplain at Pocahontas State Park on Saturday, April 6th from 10am to 2pm. A rain date is scheduled for April 13th. Please bring your own lunch and water. Wear appropriate attire for clean-up in the flood plains: boots (preferably water proof), long pants and gloves if you have them. They usually have a few extra pair of gloves and bug spray for us to use. Please bring a bucket if you have one also. Be one of the first to sign up to get a free Big Event T-shirt! We can't wait to see you out there! #UtProsim. For more details and to register, visit here.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter will participate in this year's Big Event on April 6. The group will partner with the Clean Valley Council to clean up the Roanoke Greenway, as this is also Clean Valley Day. We will plan to clean up the Greenway along Riverside Drive, in downtown Roanoke from about 9 a.m. to noon. Should there be enough volunteers or rain, we may opt to also volunteer with our local Habitat for Humanity in their Restore. For more information, contact Janet Selleck.
The San Antonio Hokies will participate in The Graffiti Wipe out Program at 9 a.m. on April 6 at 500 Lone Star Blvd. San Antonio takes graffiti seriously and encourages groups to come out and paint over it. The city provides all of the materials and all we supply is the man power. The event will last one to two hours. Please dress in long pants and clothes that can get paint on them. Tennis shoes or work boots are highly encouraged. This is a family friendly activity. Please RSVP with the number of people participating. San Antonio will be giving out fiesta medals that day and snacks will be provided for your hard work. For more details and to register, please contact Patti Lautenschlager or 301-706-5731.
The Shenandoah Chapter will hold the Big Event on April 20 by doing yearly maintenance on the chapter’s Memorial Garden. The garden is located in Sherando Park and honors the lives of those lost. We will begin at 9 a.m. Please bring work gloves, rakes, shovels, pruners to help us beautify the garden. We will prune, plant and mulch. In addition, this year, we will stain the new pergola. Lunch and Virginia Tech Big Event t-shirts are provided. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Vicki Culbreth.
The Triangle Hokies will participate in an Adopt-A-Highway project on April 13 at 10:30 a.m. Meet in the Harris Teeter Parking Lot at Plaza West Shopping Center at 5563 Wester Blvd. and clean up Jones Franklin Road. The chapter will provide gloves, bags and safety vests, along with Big Event t-shirts. We will have lunch at Sonic following the event. For more information, contact Brent Laurenz.
The Williamsburg Chapter will clean up the gardens at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, located at 5537 Centerville Road from 10 a.m. Volunteers will work on the gardens at the Free Black Settlement and help prepare the pathways and gardens at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is home to the Virginia Tech Memorial landscape installed by alumni in honor of the lives lost on April 16, 2007.
Tools and materials will be provided. Please bring your own work gloves. The first 20 volunteers will receive an official Big Event t-shirt.
Please RSVP to Laura Viancour by April 5. For more information, contact Karen Rehm or Keith Tisdale.
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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.
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