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The Big Event

The Big Event connects the Washburn campus with the Topeka community by recruiting hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers to work at local job sites during one day of service.

Join us for the 5th annual Big Event on April 23th, 2016 at Whiting Gymnasium. 


Pre-Register HERE

Volunteers should show up at Whiting Gymnasium between 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Volunteers will receive: 

  • Big Event Sweatshirt
  • Lunch
  • Transportation 

If you have any questions or if your availability changes please contact us at

2016 Volunteer Sites

Volunteer sites listed below may be closed if they are not an option at registration. 

Bods Feeding Bods

Bods Feeding Bods contributes to the overall health, wellness and awareness of the Washburn University community by addressing hunger and nutrition issues that affect the campus and the local, national and global world in which we as students, faculty and staff live.

Volunteers registered for Bods Feeding Bods will prepare and place collection bins. 

Boys and Girls Club

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow — all while having fun. It is truly The Positive Place For Kids. We are instrumental in helping our Club members make the right decisions about their life.

Volunteers registered for the Boys & Girls Club will be painting an office and labeling books. 

East Topeka Senior Center

The mission of the East Topeka Senior Center (ETSC) is to provide direct services to senior citizens and adults with disabilities so they may achieve and maintain an optimum level of physical, nutritional, social and mental functioning.  ETSC initiates and supports the development of systems that deliver a full range of services focused on helping this population maintain their dignity and independence.

Volunteers at East Topeka Senior Center will be ceaning up around site. 


Harvesters’ mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.

We are a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. We also offer education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and teach about good nutrition. 

Volunteers at Harvesters will be packing "backsnack."

Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With our powerful network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places.

Whether the place is a community garden, a city park or a vacant lot, public places provide a neutral space in which people can come together with a shared purpose of community building. By continually improving public spaces while caring for neglected ones, positive social and economic change occurs in communities across the country.

Volunteers at Keep America Beautiful will be cleaning up specified areas. 

Let's Help

Let’s Help, Inc. is committed to working with individuals and families so that the cycle of poverty is broken and self-sufficiency is attained. Founded in 1969, the not-for-profit organization provides a variety of programs and services for the community and collaborates with other public and private agencies for greater effectiveness. Their programs reach tens of thousands of people each year and involve hundreds of volunteers. Together, we’re breaking the cycle of poverty… and building a better community.

Volunteers at Let's Help will be cleaning and landscaping. 

Midland Care

Midland Care is a not-for-profit, community based organization providing options to families with challenging health care needs. For 35 years, Midland has specialized in end-of-life, palliative, bereavement and frail elder care services. So, no matter how far your journey has taken you, we can help at any point along the way. As an enduring advocate of the communities we serve, we are committed to providing specialized care to all who come to us. Translation services are available for anyone who needs them. Discover why Midland Care is the leader in responding to patient needs – touching one life at a time.

Volunteers at Midland Care will be doing general building maintenance. 

Oakland Community Center

Oakland Center is home to the athletic offices.  Athletic leagues are offered year round for youth and adults.  The center has rooms available for public rentals including the gym; offers a before and after school program for area youth; and has a computer lab with 6 computers available for public use.

Volunteers at Oakland Community Center will be building a community garden. 

Topeka Cycle Project

TCCP is a place to learn new skills and develop a community of cyclist in and around Topeka. They are a completely volunteer run not-for-profit community organization. You don’t have to be a bike mechanic to be helpful. Volunteers also greet shop visitors, help maintain the shop space and assist with our classes.

Volunteers at TCCP will be sorting, rearranging, and painting.

Washburn Garden

Volunteers at Washburn Garden will be preparing beds.


Volunteers at the YMCA will be decorating for a Father/Daughter dance

Succesful Connections

Volunteers at Succesful Connections will be making baby blankets


Volunteers at Antioch will be cleaning and painting

North Topeka Area (NOTO)

Volunteers at NOTO will be painting and doing alley cleanup

Red Cross

Volunteers at the Red Cross will be doing door to door smoke alarm installation


Volunteers at SLI will be doing gardening and landscape

Shooting Star Horse Rescue

Volunteers will be doing horse related activities with children

Ronald McDonald House

Volunteers will be doing meal prep and yard work