Nearly 3,000 University of Louisiana at Lafayette students will be scattered across five Acadiana parishes Saturday, painting schools, picking up litter and performing other community service activities at over 50 locations as a part of the 3rd annual Big Event.

“We partnered with the United Way to make it happen, and the idea was to have UL students to give back to the community,” said Dana Bekurs, assistant director of UL’s Office of First-Year Experience. “United Way finds the project sites and we provide the volunteers. … We have some people painting the lines of handicap parking — just things that take manpower or womanpower.”

All of the project sites are at nonprofit organizations or public schools.

“There’s just going to UL students everywhere,” Bekurs said.

This year’s Big Event is a three-way collaboration among UL-Lafayette, the United Way and Project Front Yard.

Project Front Yard is a community cleanup initiative spearheaded by Lafayette Consolidated Government.

One student who will work with Project Front Yard is Nicole Finger, who said community service has never felt like a job to her.

“I have a passion for giving back to the community, especially for the community of Lafayette and surrounding towns,” said Finger, a senior biology major. “They support our school so much, it is only right we give back for them and show our appreciation.”