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Students volunteering at the Big Event.


Each year about 5,000 students, faculty, and staff unite in an unparalleled effort to say “thank you” to the central Oklahoma area for the support they show our university year round. Over 200 community organizations benefit from Big Event volunteers. Join us in our efforts to directly impact our community.

Volunteer with The Big Event

Students, faculty, and staff can register with student organizations, a group of friends, or even as an individual. If you are looking to register as a volunteer for The Big Event, please visit this link!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Big Event will be held on Saturday April 1st, 2023 from 10am - 2pm. The morning prior to serving, please join us at our Opening Ceremony where we will have speakers, breakfast, and giveaways to kickoff our day of service.

On the morning of the big day, volunteers head to their assigned community organization. The volunteers will be there from 10 AM to 2 PM, working on whatever projects the jobsite has planned with a 30-minute break for lunch. Lunch is either a boxed lunch provided by OU Housing & Food or provided by the jobsite. 

Volunteers participate in various community service projects such as painting, landscaping, trash pickup, and visiting with veterans and senior citizens. 

Volunteers serve at over 200 jobsites located throughout Oklahoma City, Norman, and the surrounding communities. You will be contacted in the weeks prior to The Big Event with details regarding your specific jobsite location.

The Big Event provides OU with the opportunity to say “thank you” to our surrounding community. By doing this, we are able to strengthen and deepen OU's relationship with the community. Numerous community organizations benefit from the services that dedicated volunteers provide. Last year, The Big Event was able to save our 200 jobsites a total of $600,000 in labor costs. 

Volunteers also receive a free 2023 Big Event T-Shirt and lunch as a thank you for serving with us.

Volunteer registration opens on the first day of the Spring semester. Students, Faculty, and Staff can access the form on engage by logging in with their 4x4 and searching "Register to Volunteer for The Big Event 2023!" on the forms page.

The Big Event requires at least 75% of volunteers signed up with a student organization to attend for the student organization to remain eligible to participate the following year.  If you are unable to attend, please email with your name, group name, OU ID number, and reason for being unable to attend.