GSW, Fuller Center break ground for “The Big Event” build in Americus

Georgia Southwestern and Fuller Center break ground for “The Big Event” build

AMERICUS, Georgia — The normally quiet 300 block of South Hampton Street was bustling with excitement on Thursday morning as The Fuller Center for Housing and Georgia Southwestern State University marked Leap Day by jumping into a new partnership project — “The Big Event,” a joint home build honoring Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.

The two-week blitz build begins on April 8, 2024, with the home dedication scheduled for April 19.

Not only did the Carters help bring extensive attention to Millard and Linda Fuller’s housing ministries, but they also are Georgia Southwestern’s most famous alumni.

“They got involved in Millard’s ministries, and it changed everything,” Fuller Center President David Snell told the crowd assembled for the ceremony. “The ministries just exploded. … So, we want to honor them with this house.”

Georgia Southwestern President Dr. Neal Weaver said that he hopes that The Big Event will become an annual tradition for the local university.

“The Big Event is an opportunity for us as a campus, for our students, our faculty and staff to all come together for a day or a couple of weeks and say ‘thank you’ to the community that hosts us, to give back to the community that provides so much for us,” Weaver said. “It’s going to require over 600 hours of volunteer work from our students, from our faculty and our staff, but we are excited about every single one of those hours. This is a great opportunity for us to be involved in something very special, something that is meaningful, something that changes people’s lives.”

Americus Mayor Lee Kinnamon praised the collaboration, something he says he encourages other local organizations to consider.

“We want to make sure that we’re promoting a spirit of partnership and collaboration because we all know that we get more done when we work together,” he said. “When we’re working together for a common good, we can achieve so much more.”

For more information about The Big Event build, visit fullercenter.org/bigevent.

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