FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – More than 1,100 volunteers from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) worked at 55 different non-profit agencies in Fort Wayne on Saturday for the third annual BIG Event.
Kenneth Christmon, associate vice chancellor at IPFW, said the BIG Event is aimed to enrich the Fort Wayne community and give thanks.
“It gives us an opportunity to be a part of this community in a way that we otherwise might not be able to do,” Christmon said.
Christmon said the event originated at Texas A&M University 25 years ago and IPFW is the first and only university in Indiana to host their own version of it.
Some of the volunteer agencies included the Downtown Improvement District, Camp Red Cedar, Boys and Girls Club, and the Rescue Mission. Volunteers did everything from painting to cleaning to landscaping.
Krissy Creager, director of student life and coordinator of The BIG Event, said volunteers were able to register themselves or get friends or coworkers together and register as a group.
This year, the BIG Event was the recipient of a $700 grant from Indiana Campus Compact.