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LBWCC to hold annual day of service projects

LBW Community College in Andalusia is sponsoring “The Big Event,” a half day of service projects for area residents, on April 4, 2020, as a way for students to say “thank you” for the support from the community.

“This is the fifth consecutive year we’ve participated in this event,” said LBWCC Dean of Student Affairs and Andalusia Campus Director Jason Jessie. “We had great successes every year and were able to help individuals and businesses with various projects. We need residents in our community to let us know how we can help for a few hours on that Saturday morning.”

Those who want the service must complete a job request form by March 20, which is available online at lbwcc.edu/student-life/the-big-event, in the Andalusia campus library, at the switchboard in the Administration Building, and in the Student Services department, he said.

During “The Big Event,” students, faculty, and staff show their gratitude to the community by completing various tasks at area businesses, schools, churches or residents’ homes, such as raking leaves, moving dirt, washing windows, painting, and other types of activities that residents need.

“Participating in ‘The Big Event’ is a great opportunity for students to learn selfless service and for area residents to get work done around their homes,” said Jessie.

“It’s not about how many jobs are completed or how many students participate, but rather fosters interaction between students and residents and builds unity throughout the community.”

The Big Event was created in 1982 by the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University, and has grown across the nation to include 73 events at colleges and universities.

“As far as we know, LBW is the first and remains the only community college in Alabama to get involved in this worthwhile project.”

Jessie said area businesses can help get the word out to the community by including information in any signage they may have or allowing students to place posters in their businesses.

“Area residents should understand that this is a volunteer service by our students and employees, and there is no cost involved for their labor during ‘The Big Event.’”

For more information, call (334) 881-2256.