What is Big Sunday?
At Big Sunday we believe that absolutely everyone has some way that they can help somebody else. And so we offer many different ways for anyone to pitch in. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 1500 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 old 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.
Oh, and one more thing: We have participants of all ages and backgrounds. 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. As far as we’re concerned, it’s all good.
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.
Here are Big Sunday’s programs:
Our biggest event each year is Big Sunday Weekend— a 3-day festival of service, bringing together tens of thousands of people, of all ages and all backgrounds, to work together at hundreds of nonprofits, schools and other agencies that need their help. On Big Sunday Weekend there are opportunities for every passion, talent, skill and age. Projects are scheduled throughout the weekend, and can last anywhere from one hour to two full days. Big Sunday Weekend can also include special events such as art shows, yard sales and blood drives. Plus, every year on Big Sunday Weekend, we give away truckloads of clothes, books, food, furniture, musical instruments, luggage, toys and other items. For many people, Big Sunday Weekend is just the beginning of an involvement that continues throughout the year.
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. So, Big Sunday sponsors a food drive to collect a different non-perishable food for a local food pantry on the third Wednesday of every 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.
Our Really Big Community Calendar links our incredible volunteer network with social-sector organizations year-round. The 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 wish list to benefit our nonprofit partners. This ever-changing list includes items that nice folks in the Big Sunday community want to give away – and we’ve posted everything from SubZero refrigerators to computers to a basset hound! All items are available for free to any school or nonprofit. Nonprofits can also post any wish they have, too. Whatever you have, there’s some 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 email@example.com.
Big Sunday’s theARTlist is our new 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Big Sunday Holiday Volunteering and Giving Opportunities List is posted every year on November 1.The list includes more than 200 ways (!) to help throughout California, from serving Thanksgiving Dinner, to buying toys for kids at Christmas, to singing to old folks at Hanukkah. There’s something for everyone. We start collecting items for the list on October 1.
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 events for groups of all sizes.
By the way, Big Sunday is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Big Sunday p?rojects 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.
Our motto is everyone helps, everyone wins.
Thank you for visiting our website. If you’re looking for a way to pitch in, help out, or give back, let us know. Don’t worry: we’ll be happy to put you to work!