Nearly 600 members of the Quinnipiac University community participated in the annual Big Event on April 10. The Big Event is a day of community service that connects QU students, faculty, staff and alumni with community partners in the Greater New Haven area and beyond.
“The Big Event gives us all an opportunity to give back to our local communities,” said Quinnipiac student Alysa Lawson, who co-directed the Big Event with fellow senior Kara Boninsegna. “The Hamden and Greater New Haven areas support Quinnipiac in so many ways throughout the year and the Big Event allows us to say, ‘thank you’ to local residents.”
During this year’s Big Event, Quinnipiac students, faculty, staff and alumni formed teams and spruced up sites in Bethany, Cheshire, Hamden, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, Southington, Wallingford and West Haven.
“With so many people hurting right now and throughout the last year, the Quinnipiac community can take this one day to give back to our communities and make a difference during these unprecedented times,” Boninsegna said.
The Big Event originated at Texas A&M University in 1982. Participants also collect money and non-perishable food items to benefit area charities.