Biggest Little Community

The Bicentennial 200 badge with "Biggest Little Community" written on the right of it in gold, magenta, and purple font.

That’s a wrap on the Biggest Little Community for fall 2021! We’re so grateful to everyone who participated. Your hours of service make your community better, and your gifts to the Alumni Fund have an immediate and lasting impact here on campus.

201

Participants

370

Service Organizations

2,576

Hours of Service Logged

$333,923

Total Raised to Support Williams Students

Thank you to our generous matching donors: Mitchell ’03 & Lisa Green, Peter ’71 & Kathy P’97 ’90 Wege, and Richard Georgi ’87 & Sanae Ishikawa.

If you missed the opportunity this year, keep an eye out for the Biggest Little Community next Alumni Fund year. Though this challenge only ran for 15 days, we know that Williams alumni are deeply embedded in their communities year-round and we are grateful for all you do for Williams and the world.

A group of 8 people standing outside Goldrick Elementary School in Denver, CO.
Alumni from the Classes of ’79 to ’17 volunteering at an Elementary school in Denver, CO in January 2019.
Three people holding puppies, sitting on a bench in the Berkshire Humane Society.
Alumni from the Class of 2019 volunteering at Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield, MA in January 2019.

History of Community Service Initiatives at Williams

As two of the head agents for the class of 2016, Nick Brownrigg and Jace Forbes-Cockell had a brainstorm one night.  They realized their classmates, grateful for what Williams had given them but short on financial resources, were interested in finding a way to support the college with their time.

Jace and Nick knew their friends volunteered for a variety of causes and organizations that made a difference in their communities. They approached the Alumni Fund about finding a way to honor that spirit and help that generosity go further while supporting Williams.

From that eureka moment, Teach It Forward: Impact was born. This special service-focused campaign multiplied alumni gifts to Williams by their volunteer hours over a two-week period in January of 2017. The challenge continued in 2018 and 2019 with additional matching funds. The challenge was paused with the Covid-19 pandemic, but is back with a new name and during a new time of year: the Biggest Little Community.