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One big day. One big thanks. One big event.

The Big Event is an annual university-wide day of service that happens every April at JMU. It is an opportunity for JMU students to show their appreciation for the surrounding Harrisonburg community by participating in service and beautification projects in and around Harrisonburg. 

The Big Event is a way to thank the Harrisonburg community for their support throughout the years. By providing unique service opportunities for participants, the Big Event also opens up dialog between Harrisonburg residents and JMU students and fosters connections in our community.

The Big Event is a collaborative project organized by a community service club on campus, Student Greater Madison, and the Community and Traditions board of the Student Government Association.

History of The Big Event 

The Big Event was first introduced on JMU's campus in 2011 by alums Andy Eblin, Cori Kendrick, and Truman Horwitz. The Big Event was already an annual occurence on several campuses nationwide, such as Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. JMU students quickly joined behind the efforts to bring this awesome service opportunity to Harrisonburg and on April 9th, 2011, over 900 students volunteered at Big Event community service projects around the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area!

Since its inception in 2011, The Big Event at JMU has continued to grow and gain support! 

Here are some videos showing the success of past years!