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For Immediate Release
April 06, 2017

6th Annual "The BIG Event" Sends 500+ Volunteers to Help Fort Wayne Non-Profits

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will send more than 500 students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers into the Fort Wayne community on Saturday, April 8, for the 6th annual The BIG Event. The volunteers will assist approximately 40 non-profit agencies with projects ranging from filing and office work to painting, landscaping, and small-scale renovation projects.

"The BIG Event provides students with new and unique opportunities," said Kasey Price, associate vice chancellor for student life and member of the planning committee. "Students have often found internships and employment opportunities that combine their academic and community service interests because of their participation in The BIG Event."

"We are also thankful to have the Indiana National Guard supporting the event this year. This partnership enhances the university's vision to be recognized for a transformative learning environment characterized by intensive mentoring, excellence in faculty scholarship and knowledge creation, integration of life and work experiences, and community engagement." For more information about IPFW's partnership with the Indiana National Guard, click here.

The BIG Event is the largest one-day, student-led service project in the nation and has expanded to more than 75 universities across the country. IPFW was the first university to host The BIG Event in the state of Indiana in March 2012.

For more information, visit The BIG Event website, or contact Kasey Price, associate vice chancellor for student life and leadership, at 260-481-6883 or pricek@ipfw.edu.

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