The Leadership Rockwall Class of 2020 is now accepting project submissions and volunteer applications for The Big Event going on in April.

The event being organized by the class of 20 people is service-oriented and is looking to give back to cities, non-profit organizations and residents throughout Rockwall County. Jared Schweers, a member of the leadership group, said applications for projects and volunteers just opened and that they have an “aggressive” goal for the event.

“You could say our goal is aggressive,” Schweers said. “We’re looking to complete 100 projects with 1,000 volunteers.”

Since the opening of the application window, he said that they have received about 20 project submissions and about 25 volunteer applications. Among those submissions are people needing some kind of work done around their houses, and cities or non-profit organizations seeking help with larger projects.

“One of the groups we’ve received an application from is the Rockwall Children’s Advocacy Center,” Schweers said. “They want us to work on the parking lot stripes and make a few repairs around the parking lot and a few other things.”

The Big Event is a one-day service event where the leadership class and volunteers complete various projects throughout the county from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shane Hollas, a member of the class, said the time frame shapes the type of projects that can be accomplished.

“It’s kind of a tight window so we’re not going to be able to rebuild a house,” Hollas said. 

The event website indicated that projects with supplied materials or funds are “more likely” to be approved and completed the day of the event. Hollas added that to fit the time frame and finish all the projects, they’re looking for projects, people or organizations that can provide some supplies, manpower or contracting services.

“We’re looking for ideas, leadership and effort and money to help with the projects,” Hollas said. “On the corporate side, businesses can donate their time or services or money.”

The leadership class is actively seeking projects throughout Rockwall County, in cities like Royse City, Fate, Rockwall, Heath and McLendon-Chisholm with city leaders and city teams who meet with residents of those cities and see what the needs are of the community and its members. 

Applications can be submitted on behalf of a person or organization or by those who hope to receive some form of help around their house, yard or other areas. 

Both Hollas and Schweers said the goal of the project is to assist community members or organizations in need, but also to get community members active by volunteering around the county.

“It’s helpful to the community you’re helping and it’s rewarding to those participating,” Hollas said.

The deadline to sign up as a volunteer is March 14, while the deadline to submit projects is Feb. 1. Those looking to volunteer, submit a project or sponsor “The Big Event can visit bigeventrockwall.com. 

“There are 20 people in the leadership class so there’s no way we’re going to do it on our own,” Hollas said. “The success will be defined by the level of support and how much the community gives back that day.”

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