What is the Big Event?
The Grand Prairie Big Event will be March 28, 2020, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Patterned after similar events on university campuses, the Big Event is one day for city-wide volunteerism. Celebrating unity in the community, we will pair volunteers who want to help others with residents who have a qualifying project.
- All jobs must be one-time only, outside of a home or business, and cannot require use of heavy power tools
- All jobs are vetted in advance by a City of Grand Prairie staff person
- Jobs may include raking leaves, hauling debris, weeding, planting flowers, mulching, spring-cleaning and litter patrol
- While the City would like to assist every job request applicant, the number of job requests that can be granted is directly dependent upon volunteer and resource capacity
2019 Big Event
Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers tackled nearly 100 service projects. In 2018, 1,000 volunteers completed 92 jobs; worked 5,200 hours; collected almost 30 tons of trash and debris; and filled more than 2,000 contractor trash bags with trash and debris.
History of the Big Event
Grand Prairie is the first city in the nation to bring Texas A&M’s legendary Big Event, adopted by 125 university campuses nationwide, to a municipality. The Grand Prairie Big Event was initiated by Councilwoman Jorja Clemson, who learned of the Big Event through her grandson, who attends Texas A&M.
Promoting unity in the community by pairing volunteers with service projects, Grand Prairie comes together for one big day of helping others.
Service. People. Integrity. This one-day event may not be based on socioeconomic need, but does seek to help those in the most need. It is not about the number of volunteers, or the number of service projects so much as it is about the connections made and unity established through Grand Prairie.