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6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
An Overview of What They Do:
Big Sunday is a special organization that believes “we’re all in this together. That’s why we offer an enormous variety of opportunities and projects that unite people to improve lives, build community and give everyone a sense of belonging.”
Big Sunday welcomes and accepts help from people of all ages and backgrounds. You can volunteer as part of a group (school, work, faith-based), with your family, or individually.
Volunteers can donate their time (offering a special skill, providing some manual labor), their gently used belongings (books, clothing, sports equipment), and donate funds.
Some of Their Regularly-Scheduled Events:
Big Sunday offers a number of regularly-scheduled programs and events. These happen on a recurring basis. Here is just a small sampling of their programs:
– The End of the Month Club: Too many people are living with “food insecurity” – meaning they are unable to consistently put food on the table. Each month, Big Sunday collects food for a local food pantry. Food can be dropped off beginning on the 3rd Monday of each month. The goal is to collect more than 700 food items each month! Check the website for a list of upcoming collections.
– TM @ 10: Thursday Mornings at 10 are weekly volunteer opportunities held at the Big Sunday office on Melrose Avenue. From 10:00 to 11:30 am, volunteers participate in a service project and while doing that, they get to meet new people and enjoy the special camaraderie that is found when people get together to help others. You can check the website for a list of upcoming projects and sign up. All ages are welcome.
– We’re All in the Same Boat Project: The goal of Big Sunday’s “We’re All in the Same Boat Project” is to provide people of all ages and backgrounds a fun harbor cruise where everyone meets at least one new person. “Guests include individuals, families, corporate groups, faith groups. Plus nice folks from group homes, shelters – some of whom have never been on a boat before!” Cruises are always free. Check the website for upcoming cruises. About 6-8 cruises are hosted each year.
Big Sunday hosts a number of special, seasonal events throughout the year. Here is just a brief list of upcoming events:
– Spooky Sunday: Sunday, October 29th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This Annual Halloween Haunted House and Party event includes a costume giveaway, arts and crafts, a portrait studio, and more.
– 6th Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event: Wednesday, November 22nd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Volunteers will help pack bags full of Thanksgiving dinner for thousands (including low-income families, vets, women in shelters, and more). Volunteers are needed to donate food as well as pack everything up. There will be a community breakfast for all.
– 8th Annual Holiday Party and Sing-a-long: Sunday, December 10th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It’s an afternoon designed to bring the holiday spirit to all including low-income seniors, vets, and women and children from a domestic violence shelter. Everyone eats, sings (with a live band), and has fun. Big Sunday will also be collecting toys, food, and winter coats.
– A Month of Big Sundays: Big Sunday began in 1999 as a single day of service. In 2016, it expanded to become A Month of Big Sundays (MoBS). Special events are held every day throughout May, meaning there are even more opportunities to help our community.
How Families Can Help:
– Special  (pronounced Special Squared): Families who are celebrating a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, bar mitzvah, or other milestone) and want to give back to the community can do so with Big Sunday’s help. Big Sunday can help you find a cause you’re passionate about and a way your family can contribute. It could be asking for “no gifts” at your next birthday party, but instead asking for books to be donated.
– Our Really Big Community Calendar: Families will find many different volunteer opportunities on Big Sunday’s Really Big Community Calendar. Some are one-term events, others are recurring. Some require specific talents or skills. But families will definitely find something they can do to help others. It’s a great resource for school breaks and those days when you’re trying to do something different, something meaningful with your kids.
– Youth in Action: Big Sunday recognizes that children of all ages have a desire to help others and give back to the community. They have created the Youth in Action section of the website as a one-stop-spot for families to get ideas, answer questions, and learn more about helping.
– Donate throughout the year: Remember to keep Big Sunday in mind when you’re cleaning out the house and out shopping. Many items are accepted year-round including new toys, new socks, new underwear, diapers, toiletries, and new or gently used children’s books and clothing items.
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