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Volunteers dig deep for the University of Oklahoma's Big Event

More than 5,000 students, faculty and staff from the University Of Oklahoma helped participate in the Big Event on Saturday by spending the day performing jobs and working on projects at 150 community organizations in Norman and in the Oklahoma City metro area.
by Adam Kemp Modified: April 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm •  Published: April 14, 2013
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While Smith and Hamlin discussed how best to arrange flowers in a planter, Jodie Neal and Mindy Coleman worked on a pot of their own.

The two are roommates at OU and said they both were interested in volunteering when they heard about the Big Event.

“It's just nice to get out and meet new people and do some good,” Coleman said. “Getting to learn about everyone's interests is fun too. Like Francis, she just seems to really love gardening.”

Traci Lucas, who is the activities director for the Daily Living Center, said volunteers bring fresh energy to the center and projects like the Big Event are most appreciated.

“We have so many awesome students that come to volunteer and everyone here loves it,” she said. “We discovered that 90 percent of the time when someone comes to volunteer they almost always come back on their own to do it again.

“They love it just as much as we do.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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