More than 1,650 students volunteer in Greater New Haven for Big Event

The Big Event community service
Three Quinnipiac students collect leaves at Edgerton Park on April 5 as part of The Big Event, a nationwide day of community service.
April 7, 2014 - More than 1,650 Quinnipiac students, faculty, staff and alumni performed community service on April 5 as part of The Big Event, a nationwide day of community service. 

The annual event is co-sponsored by Quinnipiac's Student Government Association and Community Action Project.

Julianna Besharat, the SGA's vice president for public relations and publicity co-chair for the Big Event, said the increase in volunteers is mainly due to the fact that the freshman class is the largest in Quinnipiac history.

"This year we have the most number of volunteers we've ever had," Besharat said. "A majority of our participants are freshmen. People really enjoy it."

The students, staff and faculty spruced up sites in Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Hamden, Meriden, Milford, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Shelton, Southington, Wallingford, West Hartford, West Haven and Woodbridge. 

Participants volunteered at specific organizations, including: Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden; Children's Center of Hamden; Edgewood Park and Edgerton Park in New Haven; Camp Cedarcrest in Orange and the Boys and Girls Club of Milford. Quinnipiac alumni also participated at volunteer sites across the country. 

"The goal of The Big Event is to say thank you to the local community for allowing us to get an education here," Besharat said. 

The Big Event is a nationwide day of community service when colleges and universities send teams to volunteer and perform three hours of community service in the community. Students will also collect money and non-perishable food to benefit area charities. This was the fifth year Quinnipiac will hold The Big Event, which began at Texas A&M University 31 years ago.

View more photos from the day on Facebook.