Brigham Young University students and members of the community are encouraged to participate in Y-Days, which organizers are calling the largest one-time service project done at any college campus in the nation.

Anyone interested in participating should meet Saturday, April 8, at the Cougar Stadium parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Ryan Stratford, associate vice president of community service for the BYU Student Service Association, said more than 60 service projects are planned throughout Utah Valley.

"It's going to be a massive spring cleaning of Utah Valley," he said. "Most people and organizations know when Y-Days are each year and they plan for our help."

Projects planned for this year include planting trees for the U.S. Forest Service, helping in yards and homes, removing litter from the freeway, sorting books at the Provo Library and spending time with children, elderly and disabled individuals.

Buses will be available throughout the morning to transport people to various service project locations. The buses will leave every five minutes, so people simply have to show up and they will be taken somewhere to do service, Stratford said.

"It's that easy and it's not only for students, but also an opportunity for everyone in the community to get involved," he said. "The idea is to get everyone interested involved, and there are no restrictions."

He said Y-Days began as a day to celebrate service but later evolved into an effort to whitewash the block Y each year. When the university found another way to take care of the block Y, Y-Days once again became a way for students to thank the community that houses them.

"Y-Days is one of the longest-standing traditions at BYU," he said. "We have been planning it since October and expect it to be a pretty huge day." BYUSA expects more than 5,000 people to participate in Y-Days this year.

Other Y-Days activities include a performance by comedian Chad Taylor at 8:30 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center Ballroom and a carnival in the Wilkinson Center from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Stratford said the carnival isn't a compensation for service rendered that day but is a way of saying thanks and getting students together.

"It's going to be huge, with all kinds of games and clowns, jugglers, contests, booths and other activities," he said.

Stratford said there is nothing quite like Y-Days anywhere in the country and encouraged the community to get involved.

"Service is always rewarding, but if nothing else, it is really fun to be a part of tradition," he said. "It's a rich tradition that carries over from the past to today."