The Big Event Community Service Project

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The Big Event

Lamar University Alumni are invited to participate in The Big Event on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The Big Event is the biggest student-run, one-day service project in the nation! Lamar University is excited to announce that Cardinal Nation is the newest partner in this collaboration. Created in 1982 at Texas A&M University, The Big Event is an incredible way for LU students, faculty and staff, and alumni to come together for one day to say "Thank You" to Southeast Texas by giving back through community service.

LU Alumni will join in with student teams across Southeast Texas to participate in hands-on community service projects. Registered participants who attend the kick off party will receive free breakfast, a drawstring backpack with snacks and work gloves, and a free Big Event t-shirt. T-shirts will be available for pick up in the Office of Alumni Affairs the week prior to the event or can be picked up at the Kick Off Party. Registrants will receive an email when the t-shirts are available to pick up before the event.

Participants are asked to wear closed toe shoes and clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. Please monitor the weather and dress accordingly as some of the projects will be indoors and some outdoors that can include painting, cleaning, organizing, and other hands-on activities.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Registration for this event is now closed.

Schedule of Events

The Big Event Kick Off Party

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where: Montagne Center Arena

Parking: Parking is available in lots A-5 and A-2 at the Montagne Center. See parking map.

Check-in: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Morning Ceremony: 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Working at Volunteer Sites:10:15 AM - 1:00 PM

Volunteer Sites

Beaumont Dream Center

Project Description:

This project will involve cleaning the inside of the buildings as well as the outside of the Center as the facilities have been sitting vacant for a number of years. Cleaning inside may involve mopping, dusting, sweeping, removing spider webs, etc. Outdoor work may include removing weeds, raking leaves, cutting back tree limbs, and removing rocks. 

Location: 3890 FM 3514, Beaumont, TX 77705


The purpose of the Beaumont Dream Center is to provide community outreach to individuals by coordinating services and/or referrals that fulfill life's basic necessities. Thus motivating those individuals to achieve a more fulfilled standard of living. This will be accomplished by providing help directly to individuals through, but not limited exclusively to, the following activities: the alleviation of addictions or other life-controlling problems by providing referrals to various treatment protocols (spiritual or otherwise); support to overcome poverty by providing food, clothing, or referrals to counseling (spiritual or otherwise) and/or shelters; and relief from pain and suffering by providing referrals to counseling (spiritual or otherwise) and/or referrals to medical treatment facilities.

Southeast Texas Food Bank

Project Description:

This project will be held indoors and will involve helping to assemble food boxes for the Senior Meals Program. Volunteers will need to wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

Location: 3845 S M L King, Jr. Pkwy, Beaumont, TX 77705


Mission: The Southeast Texas Food Bank seeks to lead the fight against hunger in Southeast Texas.

Some Other Place

Project Description:

This project is indoors and will involve sorting through clothing and food donations, organizing the food pantry, and storage areas. Volunteers will need to wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

Location:  590 Center Street, Beaumont, TX 77701


Mission: Some Other Place was founded in 1968 by the local religious community to meet the unfulfilled emergency needs of the poor and "hurting" residents of the Greater Beaumont community. When no one could help, they were told they had to go to some other place...thus, the name Some Other Place. It allows people to have somewhere to go when all else fails. All S.O.P. services are offered at no charge to the recipient.