• The BIG Event
    The BIG Event
The BIG Event is a national day of service on which the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Southwestern University can give back to the city of Georgetown through volunteer work.
What is the BIG Event? 

In short, a day where SU students volunteer in the Georgetown community. Our goal is to place 500 students at different volunteer sites throughout the city to engage in 3 hours of service. The BIG Event creates an opportunity for the students of Southwestern to give back and serve the community around them which strengthens ongoing partnerships in the community and raises awareness about a variety of social, political, and economic issues in Georgetown. This year’s BIG Event is on March 24th, 2018.

“It helps you think about the entire community. The event allowed me to interact with other SU students and members of the Georgetown community.”
- Volunteer at The Caring Place (2017)

“I think it helped realize what little actions due to a large impact. I also thought it was a very valuable opportunity that I would not have had without this event.”
- Volunteer at the Getsemani Community Garden (2017)

“Everyone from different organizations, working together on something bigger than ourselves.”
- Volunteer at the Georgetown Animal Shelter (2017)

The BIG Event aims to engage Southwestern students with the Georgetown community that surrounds and supports our university.  The intent is three-fold:

  1. To raise awareness about a variety of social, political, and economic issues in Georgetown
  2. To strengthen partnerships
  3. To empower students to engage with their community  

While The BIG Event is only a single day, we hope that it will support the development of a more sustained and active relationship between Georgetown and the SU campus.