Sep 11, 2013 8:14 AM by Kristen Holloway

The Big Event

United Way of Acadiana and UL are working together for the biggest community service event Lafayette has ever seen.

It's all about service projects, service hours and just plain giving back. For the first time Lafayette will see 1500 UL students at one time, on one day, making a change in the community.

It's called The Big Event where UL students make one big impact in one day. Student volunteers will complete hands-on community projects all around Lafayette.

Keler Williams of United Way says it's the students way of saying thank you to the community for their support of the university.

"Engaging them and providing them with work opportunities with simple projects like landscaping cleaning, connecting them to any activity that's going on. October 19th really gives them an opportunity to get connected," said Williams.

Faith House, Lafayette High and Middle and Ossun Elementary already have their teams ready to go. UL student George Hill says the more community service projects, the better because UL students are ready work.

"It gives students a sense of accomplishment to go out and complete community service projects and to see that they community they live in is being beautified and they get to bring it up to standard," said Hill.

"Having the energy and drive to part of the change they hope to see but to have over a 1000 students already registered for this event speaks volumes for the students that are being recruited by UL and who are attending the university," said Williams.

The Big Event isn't till October 19th but the deadline for any organization with a project idea is October 1st. If you're a student willing to volunteer or if you would just like to sponsor the big event contact United Way at 337-706-1234 or at All sponsorship proceeds will go to The Big Event.



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