The Big Event- Residents

The Big Event is on November 5, 2017

The Big Event gives students a way to give back to the Ashland community and show appreciation to residents and organizations of the Town of Ashland by completing volunteer projects. Examples of projects include general yard work, painting, mulching, washing windows, cleaning, and minor repairs of general residences, churches, and other community locations. Projects should last no longer than 4 hours and must not involve power tools. If needed, some tools and supplies can be provided by The Big Event and SERVE Program. 


Requesting a Job 

You can request a job here or by calling the Office of Student Life at 804-752-7318. 

Important Dates: 

Last day to submit Job Request Form: October 25, 2017
Last day to cancel projects: November 1, 2017 


  •  The Big Event is a one day service project, lasting no more than 4 hours
  •  The students are volunteers and not professionals 
  •  The Big Event provides the means for R-MC students to say "Thanks you" to everyone in our community
  •  The use of power tools is prohibited 


Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a job check?

  • A member of the Big Event Committee will be responsible for finding a mutual time to meet at the job's site
  • It lets us confirm that the project is feasible and safe to do within four hours
  • Makes sure that we have an accurate number of volunteers assigned to the job
  • It allows us to answer any questions that you may have, in person.

If I request a project, is there a guarantee that it will be completed?

While we aim to complete 100% of the projects that are requested, we cannot guarantee that your job will be completed. Many factors are taken into consideration: number of volunteers, supplies needed, job feasibility.  The job check will allow for us to determine these variables. 

What time should I expect the students to show up on November 5?

Between 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM. It depends on how far away your job is from campus, and if the volunteers need to go to tool distribution. Check-in will begin at 12:30 PM

Do I need to be home while the volunteers are working?


Yes, the resident must be home when the volunteers arrive and for the full time that the project is being completed. If you are not home, we cannot complete the job.

How long will the volunteers be at my job site?

The volunteers can be there for up to 4 hours.

What kind of tools can they use?

Volunteers will bring the tools you request during your job check and we can use your tools. However; under no circumstances can we use power tools. This includes but is not limited to: lawn mowers, weed whackers, drills, leaf blowers, etc.  If you have questions please ask during your job check or email us at 

When is the last time that I can cancel my job?

If you need to cancel your project for any reason, we ask that you let us know by November 1 at 5:00PM

Can the volunteers paint?

Yes.  The Big Event Committee may be able to provide some supplies. However, you must provide the paint.  

Is there a rain date for the event?

Unfortunately, if there is bad weather at the discretion of The Big Event Executive Committee, the event will be cancelled and not be made up.

How do I confirm that my job will be completed on November 5?

After your job check you will receive an email confirming your job and any additional details.  if you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Life at or call us at 804-752-7318.