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Register for the MSU BIG Event

MSU BIG Event is a one-day service event for all our MSU student leaders, faculty, staff, and Starkville community members to serve alongside each other to enhance the assets in our community and leave your mark!

REGISTRATION OPENS ON FEBRUARY. 12 - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER OR view our different options below:

American Legion Post 13

Hearts After School Tutoring

Boys and Girls Club Starkville

Brickfire Project

Greater Starkville Development Partnership

Habitat for Humanity Homebuild

Habitat for Humanity Restore


J.L. King PARK

Ms. Smith's Educational Services

Odd Fellows/Brush Arbor Cemetery

Operation Ukarine

Plarn with a Purpose

Salvation Army

West Point Animal Shelter

Camp Seminole

Emerson Family Center

Emerson Family Preschool

Heritage Museum

MSU Community Garden

Palmer Home Thrift Store - Columbus

Palmer Home Thrift Store - Starkville

How It Works

Individual Volunteers and Volunteer Groups must pre-register ONLINE. MSU BIG Event will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 10am-12pm and begins at the community agency of YOUR choosing via slots listed on Cowbell Connect under the 'SERVICE' tab, OR the sign-up link at Login via myState with your netID email and password to sign up!

Community Volunteers must pre-register ONLINE at our sign-up and create an account with a personal email and password to sign up!

At 10 a.m., ALL volunteers will head directly to the community agency you have registered for. Upon arrival, volunteers are instructed to find your site leader who will be wearing a MSU BIG Event shirt with 'Site Leader' labeled across the nape. This site leader will direct volunteers through service projects for the day & provide your t-shirt! The SLCE - Maroon Volunteer Center, along with other MSU student organizations, will host an information table on the back patio of Barnes & Noble located on MSU's campus. Attendees are directed to come to this location ONLY for the following reasons:

1. If you have questions about how to get to your site or need directions
2. If you would like to have a snack or drink provided to you
3. If you have concerns and/or questions
4. To pick up an $8 meal voucher AFTER service

Around noon or once volunteers have completed service for the day, we are offering optional meal tickets for pick up at the back patio of Barnes & Noble at the information table.

Site Leaders:

Site leaders are undergraduate and graduate students, who are peer leaders that have chosen to activate their leadership skills by directing various service projects, taking on the role as an influencer with volunteers for the day! If you are interested in both volunteering and developing your leadership abilities, apply to be a site leader by clicking here.

ONLY Site Leaders MUST check-in on Saturday morning, March 27, 2021 from 8:30am-9:30am at the Barnes & Noble back patio to collect their volunteer’s t-shirts, and Site Leader instruction packet. Site Leaders will meet all volunteers at the organization they have signed up for on GIVEPULSE to give instructions to our wonderful volunteers. Site Leaders will officially check all volunteers in for the event. If you are a MSU student, faculty, or staff member, please do not forget your MSU ID. If you are not with MSU, bring any form of photo ID. On March 27, all volunteers are expected to be at their community service locations by 10 am.

Due to COVID-19, we will NOT be conducting day of sign-ups nor providing transportation. This is in place to minimize close contact. Do not forget participants will receive free t-shirts provided by the SLCE-MVC at your service site!

Participants understand that by RSVP'ing to this event, they will arrive at their designated time to ensure their spot and will support the physical distance guidelines in place by this event's organizers.

THERE IS NO CHARGE TO VOLUNTEER. Have a question? Email the Maroon Volunteer Center at

To safeguard the health of all members of MSU and the surrounding volunteer community during this global pandemic, the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement highly recommends following all CDC guidelines, MSU recommendations, and Guidelines for Student Life Activities to engage safely in our events. To mutually protect the MSU community, community partners, and their clientele and provide a safe environment, everyone at this event is required and agrees to practice the following: self-screening, on-site temperature checks, wearing face coverings, frequent sanitization, and social distancing of at least six feet. Also, the university has published requirements for the use of face coverings while on campus. If you cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical condition, request accommodations through the Office of Disability Support Services. We ask that individuals who willingly choose to disregard these recommendations forego registering for the event.


CDC Guidance -
Guidelines for Student Life Activities -
MSU Safe Return Booklet -
Office of Disability Support Services - 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Big Event?
The Big Event is the largest one-day service event at MSU. Students, faculty, and staff dedicate 2 hours to volunteer in the local community.

When is the Big Event?
Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 10am-noon

When is the deadline to register?
The deadline to register is Thursday, March 25, 2021. NO DAY OF SIGN-UPS.

Where do I register?
On GivePulse at

Will transportation be offered?
Transportation will NOT be provided due to COVID-19. However, if you do not have transportation, we ask that you choose a volunteer site that is within walking distance or located on/near campus.

Can I volunteer at the same place as my friend?
Yes, and we highly encourage you and your friend register to volunteer on the GivePulse platform together. You must register before noon on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Does it cost to volunteer?
There is no cost to volunteer.

When do I need to check-in?
Only Site Leaders MUST check-in on Saturday morning! All volunteers are expected to go directly to their community service locations by 10 am. You will check in with your Site Leader!

What are times are available to volunteer?
All projects will start at 10am and last 2 hours. If you need to finish up by a certain time, please email us at and never leave without letting your site leader or community partner know!

What if it rains?
Please bring a rain jacket! We will only stop service projects if the organization asks. Please check your email frequently, we will send direct communication to your email if a community service site cancels!

Will I get a t-shirt?
Your site leader will provide you with a t-shirt free of charge!

Is this event open to anyone or do you have to be from MSU?
Anyone can volunteer. You don't have to be a student.

Is there a minimum age range?
Not currently. However, if you are planning to bring children with you under the age of 16, please let us know upon registration so that we can be sure to direct you to a service site that can host younger volunteers.
Questions? Email