What is Big Sunday?

Welcome!

At Big Sunday we connect people through helping.

Here’s the thing: we believe that 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.

It can be a bit overwhelming, but hopefully this page will make navigating the website a bit easier.

Of course, you can always contact us via e-mail. Start with info@bigsunday.org or call us, and speak to a real, live, friendly person. Our phone number is 323-549-9944.

 

A bit of background:

We offer more than 2000 ways for people to help out, every year. And there’s all kinds of ways to help. You can:

  • Volunteer by working up a sweat doing manual labor
  • Pitch in by offering some special skill you have
  • Help out by spending time with someone who’d enjoy your company
  • Give away gently used stuff like clothes, books, sports equipment or furniture
  • Buy new stuff like food, school supplies, or socks and underwear
  • Donate money to help in all kinds of ways

These are all great and important ways to help, and all of them are always needed.

One more thing: We have participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. They come from all kinds of different neighborhoods, and we do work in all kinds of different neighborhoods, too. People take part in Big Sunday projects through schools, faith groups, businesses, clubs, as families and as individuals. Whoever you are, whatever you do, we can use your help.

You see, at Big Sunday, we feel there’s lots of work to be done – but we get so much more accomplished, and have so much more fun, when we do it all together.

 

Big Sunday’s Programs:

A Month of Big Sundays (fka Big Sunday Weekend), Big Sunday Weekend—an incredible three-day festival of helping each May—had long been our signature (and largest) event. In 2016, Big Sunday Weekend expanded to A Month of Big Sundays. After 17 years, we’d simply grown too big to contain everything in one weekend. In May 2016, Big Sunday hosted and/or sponsored special events every single day of the month! This allowed us to take on even bigger projects, reach more people, make new alliances, and more easily fit in with everyone’s (and every organization’s) busy schedules. In fact, it was such a success, that we’re already revving up for May 2017! If you want to know how to get your school, faith group, business, club or team involved, let us know!

Monthly on Melrose is a hugely popular series of workshops, collections, performances and parties to benefit our nonprofit partners. Most of these events are held at our offices on Melrose Avenue in L.A. and includes our special annual events for MLK Day, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and, of course, our Annual Holiday Singalong. All ages are always welcome, and these events are always free. Click the link for our upcoming schedule.

The End of the Month Club was started when we discovered that many hard-working people, right here in our community, worry about where their next meal will come from. Today, more and more people are turning to food pantries, yet for many pantries, keeping the shelves stocked has become increasingly difficult. With this in mind, Big Sunday sponsors a food drive to collect a different non-perishable food for a local food pantry every month. Food is usually given away on the third Wednesday of the month. Click on the link to see what we’re collecting – and who we’re collecting it for – this month.

TM@10 is our special Thursday morning get-together. Each week we do a special service project for one of our nonprofit partners. We’ve done all kinds of projects, for all kinds of groups. Even better – and in the classic Big Sunday mode – it’s a great way for people to get together to meet new people, and work together while helping someone else. And, of course, to eat! Most projects take place at our offices on Melrose. Click the link for our upcoming schedule.

MM@10 is our special Monday morning get-together. Yes, we know it should come before TM@10 on the list, but TM@10 came first – and it was such a success that we added MM@10, too! Each week we do a special service project for one of our nonprofit partners. We’ve done all kinds of projects, for all kinds of groups. Even better – and in the classic Big Sunday mode – it’s a great way for people to get together to meet new people, and work together while helping someone else. And, of course, to eat! Most projects take place at our offices on Melrose. Click the link for our upcoming schedule.

Our Really Big Community Calendar works like a community bulletin board. It features more than 100 events each month – from what’s happening here at Big Sunday to listing our nonprofit partners’ events, needs and volunteer opportunities. It’s a great resource if you’re looking to help out or if you’re at a nonprofit organization looking for help!

Big Sunday’s theBIGlist is our special online list of good items that nice folks in the Big Sunday community want to give away. We’ve posted everything from SubZero refrigerators to computers to a basset hound! All items are free to any school or nonprofit. Whatever you have, there’s a worthy group out there that would love it. The nonprofit will come to you and pick the item up, and give you a tax receipt, too. If you have things you’d like to give away, please contact thebiglist@bigsunday.org.

Big Sunday’s theARTlist is our online calendar of arts events that involve all kinds of people in the Big Sunday community. This includes exhibits, concerts, screenings, readings and other arts events. Anyone can post on the art list, so long as they’ve participated in some Big Sunday event, at some time, in some way. If you have something you’d like to post, contact theartlist@bigsunday.org.

Big Sunday’s theProboList is our online list of pro bono and skilled services offered to and requested by nonprofits and schools.  If you have an amazing set of skills that you’d like to put to use for some needy nonprofits or schools, or conversely, if you are a nonprofit organization or school in need of free, helpful skills or services from the public, please contact theprobolist@bigsunday.org.

The Big Sunday Holiday Volunteering and Giving Opportunities List is posted every year on November 1. It includes more than 250 ways (!) to help during the holiday season, from serving Thanksgiving Dinner, to buying toys for kids at Christmas, to singing to elderly folks at Hanukkah.

Youth in Action – Youth in Action is our unique website section and toolkit for civic-minded kids and their families. Click on the link to learn about the countless ways how you can help out all year round.

The Big Sunday Emergency Fund – Our special way to respond quickly to nice folks who don’t have a safety net who are in a bind. This fund helps them get over the hump; over the years it has helped provide everything from new appliances to medical care to travel expenses. We work closely with our nonprofit partners. Most weeks we are trying to meet at least one new emergency need.

TGIW! (Thank God It’s Work!) – This program helps people of all ages and backgrounds who are anxious to work, but are having trouble finding a job. We provide temporary paid work to folks either at Big Sunday or one of our nonprofit partners. Participants have included nice and talented folks who have had trouble finding work because they’ve been laid off; their company has closed; their field has shrunk; they are older; they are entering the job market after many years; they are a starving artist; they have a felony; they’re having bad luck.

Special2 – This popular program (pronounced “Special Squared” is for people who are having a special occasion (a wedding, bar mitzvah, quinceanera, birthday, etc.) and, rather than gifts, want the proceeds to go towards a charity. We’ll work with you to create a special project that is age-appropriate, impactful and fun.

We’re All in the Same Boat Project. We host a big group of underserved and deserving folks on special cruises through San Pedro Harbor. Many of these nice people have never been on a boat before! We need volunteers to host, be friendly, hand out donuts (of course!), enjoy one another and enjoy the ride. We call it the We’re All in the Same Boat Project and everyone has exactly one job: To meet one new person. We host 6-8 of these each year. All ages welcome. Please check our schedule for our next cruise.

Corporate Days of Service are popular ways for companies to give back to their community, while at the same time building team spirit within their own organization. Big Sunday is available for hire by corporate groups looking to plan service events that are meaningful, impactful, and fun. We have a proud track record with these days, and have planned all kinds of events events for groups of all sizes in the US and Europe. We can also plan multiple events simultaneously.

 

Big Sunday is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Big Sunday projects have no religious or political agenda, and there is never any charge for volunteers to participate. Big Sunday is completely underwritten by cash and in-kind donations.

“To All at Big Sunday, Now, more than ever, we need the goodwill that you share and the good works that you do”

- — L.B., Los Angeles