In 1982 Joe Nussbaum, then Vice President of the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University, started The BIG Event as a way for students to say “Thank You” to the surrounding community. Nussbaum envisioned a one-day service project where residents of Bryan and College Station would be shown appreciation for their continued support of Texas A&M University students during their college careers. Mr. Nussbaum viewed The BIG Event as a means for students to show their gratitude by completing various tasks at area residents’ homes. Joe believed that it was the least the students could do to give one big thanks to their community on one big day each year.
The BIG Event is the largest one-day, student-led service project in the nation and has expanded to over 75 universities across the country. IPFW brought The BIG Event to Indiana for the first time on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
Similar to the United Way Day of Caring, The BIG Event will connect IPFW students, alumni, staff, faculty, and friends to the Fort Wayne community, performing a day of service in conjunction with over 30 local not-for-profit agencies.