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BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND IS FRIDAY, MAY 17, SATURDAY, MAY 17, AND SUNDAY, MAY 18TH!

Big Sunday Weekend 2014 is coming up fast! It’s our 16th (!) year and as always we have tons of ways for you to participate.

Want to volunteer? Projects will be posted on April 18th so check back then to sign up to volunteer. Help is needed at volunteer sites from San Diego to San Francisco and you can get involved with seniors, teens, kids, vets, and animals to paint, plant, build owl barns (!) cook food, sing songs and clean sidewalks. Questions? Contact rob@bigsunday.org.

Got a group? Lots of groups like to volunteer on Big Sunday. That’s wonderful! But the sooner you let us know the better. Even better: Maybe your group wants to take on a project. You’d be amazed how easy it is to make a huge difference. Contact rob@bigsunday.org about that, too.

Want to submit a project? Even though the deadline has passed – and we can’t guarantee funding – we’re happy to post your event. (You can even try for funding. You never know…) Email BSW2014@bigsunday.org for more information.

Got clothes? Or books? Or canned food? This year, more groups than ever have asked for new and gently used clothes, kids’ books, and non-perishable food. We also can always use new socks and underwear. Drop off is at Big Sunday offices at 6111 Melrose Ave., L.A., 90038, weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm. Questions? Contact info@bigsunday.org.

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Want to make a donation? Great! (And thanks!) Big Sunday is always free to all participants. We are completely supported through donations. We have cool giving opportunities at all levels, for all kinds of important causes. Let us know. Please! adam@bigsunday.org

 


Please check out our wonderful new video. We love it. To us, it conveys exactly what we work hard to do at Big Sunday. Hope you like it, too!

Thanks to Cut & Run for their awesome work on the video, and to Venable LLP for making the introduction.

Big Sunday’s Vets Day was a Smash!

On Sunday, April 13, many volunteers gathered at Big Sunday headquarters as we hosted veterans from across the city of Los Angeles—including New Directions, New Directions Veterans Choir, Operation Mend and The Hook Up Resource Center—for a special day. The event included an incredible community dinner, lots of games and prizes (you’ve never seen a more exuberant game of bingo!) and was topped off by a phenomenal concert performance by The New Directions Veterans’ Choir. Volunteers generously donated beef jerky to Operation Gratitude and made beautiful cards of appreciation for soldiers stationed overseas that will be included in special care packages Operation Gratitude provides our troops. A special thank-you goes to members of the American Legion, FEMA Corp, Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, SEIU and scores of other wonderful volunteers for ensuring that our veteran guests felt acknowledged and appreciated for their great bravery, sacrifice and service!

 

Do You Want to Be a Big Sunday Sponsor?

Have you ever noticed that Big Sunday events are always free to everyone? We’re able to do that because of the generous donations of all kinds of sponsors – businesses, foundations and individuals. Sponsorships come with all kinds of benefits – starting with knowing you’ve made a great difference! – and this year start at just $1000. (Really!) Interested? Contact adam@bigsunday.org. Of course, at Big Sunday we always appreciate all kinds of donations at any level. To make a donation, click here.

 

An Amazing Day with KKR!

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) recently hosted the company’s annual retreat in Southern California, and happily, more than 400 good-hearted and hardworking KKR employees from all over the world descended on 11 (!) sites: Chrysalis, The Downtown Women’s Center, The Fred Jordan Mission, LAMP Community, Piece by Piece, St. Francis Center, Union Rescue Mission, Weingart Center, Wilmington Recreation Center, Harbor Community Teen Center and Salvin Elementary School. Once there, they pitched in and helped thousands of people in need in all kinds of ways – painting, gardening, cooking, cleaning, helping with interview skills, and serving ice cream to name just a few. Plus, they donated many thousands of dollars worth of clothes, books, food, furniture, household supplies, and much more. All their hard work helped kids with disabilities, at-risk youth, low-income seniors, vets, homeless and hungry people, and many others. Big Sunday was thrilled to facilitate these important community service projects – plus, we had a great time working alongside the nice and very generous folks at KKR!

 

TM@10 is in Full Swing!

Join us for our next TM@10 event at the Big Sunday offices (6111 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, 90038) on April 17 from 10:00 - 11:30 am. In preparation for Easter, we’ll be decorating delicious cookies for homeless women and children at the Good Shepherd Center. The Center provides a continuum of services to clients with the goal of “permanently ending homelessness for those who come through [their] doors, without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.” [Source: Good Shepherd Center website] Help us make this holiday a sweet and joyous occasion for these families while connecting with a few new friends at our headquarters! NOTE: A light breakfast and refreshments will be served! If you’d like to help, please contact Rob at rob@bigsunday.org. Interested in being a sponsor of TM@10? Great! Contact adam@bigsunday.org.

 

Big Sunday Featured in the Los Angeles Times

Please check out the absolutely fantastic article about Big Sunday’s Valentine’s event in today’s LA Times. We love it because they totally “get” what we’re trying to do at Big Sunday, 52 weeks of the year. Many thanks to Nita Lelyveld for her wonderful reporting and to Lawrence K. Ho for his terrific photographs.

 

Have you checked our theBIGlist lately?

Got stuff? Big Sunday has an easy way for you to dispose of items you no longer need! theBIGlist connects nonprofits and schools with local donors. It’s just gone through a major upgrade (thanks, Marilyn S. Broad Foundation!), and is bigger and busier than ever. The list has helped us find grateful new homes for items that range from furniture and appliances to electronics, baby strollers/cribs, concert tickets and even pets. Donations are tax-deductible, and recipients can connect directly with donors to coordinate item pick-up! Check out theBIGlist HERE. Questions? Contact nick@bigsunday.org.

 

End of the Month Club

Our March End of the Month Club (EOTMC) collection of pasta and sauce was absolutely phenomenal! In all, we collected 647 bags/boxes of pasta and 709 cans of sauce for SOVA Food Pantry, which supports individuals and families in need. In April, we’ll be collecting canned fruits and veggies for our pals at HopeNET, which supports individuals facing hunger and homelessness. If you have items you’d like to donate, feel free to drop them off at Big Sunday headquarters (6111 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, 90038) between now and April 23 at 9 a.m. To coordinate a collection at your school or workplace or for more info on EOTMC, please contact Paulette Light and Melanie Staggs at endofthemonthclub@bigsunday.org.

 

Corporate Days of Service 

Is your company looking to do a community service day? Big Sunday is now available for hire to plan your event, large or small. Our corporate days of service are unusual and our goal is to make them meaningful, impactful and, of course, fun. In the past month we’ve done corporate service events from South L.A. (helping kids) to near Lancaster (helping pets). Click on the icon at the right to learn more about our Corporate Days of Service program.

Big Sunday Weekend 2014

Our Really Big Community Calendar

theBIGlist
Monthly on Melrose

TM@10

Corporate Days of Service
Youth in Action
Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins!!!

Quotes

The SafeGround project was my favorite part of the weekend. I loved the BBQ because it brought everyone together to celebrate our hard work. The following weekend we organized 450 volunteers for “Homeless Connect.” Several of the SafeGround residents were there, and when we saw each other we headed toward one another for a spontaneous hug. That wouldn’t have happened without Big Sunday! I not only have new friends, but we built a foundation for many great things to come.

 

 

— D.B., Hands on Sacramento (BSW)