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MSU BIG EVENT Presented by Renasant Bank

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Friday, Mar 30, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Barnes & Noble at Mississippi StateMap Location

ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST REGISTER! IF YOU ARE VOLUNTEERING AS A TEAM, THERE WILL BE A PLACE TO ENTER YOUR TEAM NAME ON THE REGISTRATION FORM. ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR TEAM MUST REGISTER! The MSU Big Event is a one-day service event for the MSU and Starkville community to roll up their sleeves and GIVE BACK. On March 30 the Student Association and the Maroon Volunteer Center will gather student leaders, faculty, staff, and community members to leave their mark on the local community.

How It Works
Volunteers and groups must pre-register before the event. Volunteer leaders and individual volunteers MUST check-in on Friday, March 29 from 2pm-6pm at the Barnes & Noble patio to collect their t-shirt and meal ticket, receive volunteer instructions and be officially checked in for the event. If you are an MSU student, faculty, or staff member, please do not forget your MSU ID. If you are not with MSU, just bring any form of photo ID. On March 30, volunteer groups will head out to community service locations starting at 8:00 am.

THERE IS NO CHARGE TO VOLUNTEER. Questions? Email the Maroon Volunteer Center at

You can also visit the MSU BIG EVENT website at

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Big Event?

The Big Event is the largest one-day service event at MSU. Students, faculty, and staff take 2 hours out of their day to volunteer in the local community.

When is the Big Event?

March 30, 2018, starting at 8:00 AM.

When is the deadline to register?

If you register after March 18, you may not receive your team placement until after March 22.

Where do I register?

On OrgSync or at

Will transportation be offered?

Transportation will not be provided. If you are an individual volunteer without transportation, you can email and ask to volunteer with the Big Event Logistics Team.

Can I volunteer at the same place as my friend?

Yes, but please register you and your friend up as a group so we know you want to volunteer together.

Does it cost to volunteer?

There is no cost to volunteer.

When do I need to check-in?

Volunteer check-in will be Friday, March 29 at the Barnes & Noble patio from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. At check-in, we will scan your ID card, provide you with a t-shirt, meal ticket, and volunteer instructions. All volunteers must attend check-in. Check-in should be a quick process and only takes a few minutes.

What are times available to volunteer?

The first shift is 8:00am -10:00am, the second shift is 10:00am-12:00pm. Please specify your preferred shift(s) when you register. If you are unable to volunteer before 12:00 pm, please email for an afternoon project (space is limited). 

What if it rains?

You should probably bring a rain jacket.

Will I get a t-shirt?

A t-shirt and lunch will be provided free of charge.

Is this event open to anyone or do you have to be from MSU?

Anyone can volunteer. You don't have to be a student. 

Is there a minimum age range?

No. However, if you are planning to bring children with you under the age of 16, please let us know on the registration form so that we can be sure to assign you to a service site that welcomes children.

SCHEDULE: Friday, March 29 - Volunteer Check-in and Kick-off at MSU Barnes & Noble

2:00 pm - Volunteer/group check-in tables open at the Barnes & Noble patio

Volunteer check-in will remain open until 6:00 pm. Please note that check-in is a quick process and should only take about 15 minutes.

The BIG EVENT - March 30

Volunteer Shift 1: 8:00am-10:00am

Volunteer Shift 2: 10:00am-12:00pm

All volunteers will receive a t-shirt at check-in

Questions? Email


Meggan Franks

Good afternoon!

We are so excited about this Saturday’s 7th Annual BIG EVENT. This looks like it will be the BIGGEST BIG EVENT yet and we are working as quickly to try and get all teams placed and accommodate everyone’s last minute requests. As of right now, we have placed almost everyone. If you have not received a site placement, please do not worry. We are working to place some of our largest and smallest groups, and some of our individual volunteers. If for some reason you do not receive a site assignment via email before 2 pm tomorrow, just come to check-in and we will give you a placement.

If you had a last minute schedule change, group change, site leader change, or any other change, please bring your request to check-in tomorrow. Please do not comment on this event, as everyone gets notifications about comments. What we are focusing on right now is getting teams placed so they can get organized and ready to go Saturday. If you have a last minute change, please bring it to check-in and we will work with you to make your change happen.

-Volunteer check-in will be from 2pm-6pm at the Barnes & Noble patio on Friday, March 23 (note the location change). At check-in, you will receive your t-shirt, meal ticket, and (for students, faculty, staff) we will scan your ID to add the event to your OrgSync involvement record. If you are not an MSU student, faculty, or staff, you don’t need your ID! If you need help, directions, something else, we will be able to help you at check-in.

-If you are volunteering with children, please let us know at check-in (if you have not already) so we can place you at a family friendly volunteer site if we have not already.

Thank you for being patient with us!

Have a great afternoon.

The MVC team

Maroon Volunteer Center
306 Moseley Hall

Meggan Franks

Good evening volunteers,

Right now we hope that you have all your instructions for tomorrow! Here are some last minute reminders and tips to help you have a great BIG EVENT:

1.) Please make every effort to arrive at your service site on-time or even a few minutes early. If you have a community partner at your site, being late will make things difficult for them. Make sure you plan your route and know how long it will take to arrive at your service site before your shift starts.
2.) If you get lost or confused, please contact your site leader or your community partner first. If you cannot reach them, you can call us and we can try to help. The numbers to call BIG EVENT staff are 662-648-9032 and 662-420-0291.
3.) Be patient. Not everything will go as planned. Some sites will end up with too many volunteers, while others may not have enough. It happens no matter how hard we try to get our numbers right. If there are too many volunteers at your site, try to be as helpful as possible. Volunteers can be difficult for a community partner to manage, especially if there are too many. Find a project, something that looks like you could help with (wash floors, sweep, clean bathrooms, pick up trash, reorganize cabinets, etc.) Suggest to your community partner other ways you can be helpful.
4.) Remember that volunteering is about serving others and giving back. Please try to keep a positive attitude throughout your service experience. If you are not thrilled with your site placement, know that someone thinks what your doing is important and they are grateful that you are taking the time to help.
5.) Lastly, please take photos and videos and SHARE them with us. Show us your #ServiceatState by using hashtag #MSUBIGEVENT2018 and tag @MaroonVolunteer (Twitter) and @MaroonVolunteerCenter (Instagram and facebook) in photo and video posts on social media. You can also tag @msstate or @MSStateStudents.

Thank you for your #ServiceatState

Maroon Volunteer Center