From fun with friends and road trips to catching up on homework and simply resting, college students have lots of options on Saturdays. This week, many chose to spend the day off serving others.

The Big Event is an annual day of service which originated at Texas A&M in 1982. More than 100 universities now take part, and since 2018 that group has included the University of South Carolina.

Student volunteers go to sites throughout the area to complete tasks from painting to gardening and much more for local people who asked for help.

The purpose is to bridge the gap between students and the greater Columbia community through promoting acts of service and social sustainability.

“I’m so incredibly proud of this event and so thankful to serve as co-director during my last year, said student leader Sam Mayberry. “What a gift it is to serve the Columbia community and build relationships in a time where so many feel lonely and isolated.”

The UofSC event is led by students working with the university’s Leadership and Service Center, which works year-round to provide ways for students to impact their community in positive ways.

More information on The Big Event, which will return in 2022, is available online.

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