Big Sundays Past
Every year hundreds of letters and emails pour in from our nonprofit partners, social service organizations, schools and volunteers thanking us and letting us know how much Big Sunday has touched their lives. Whether we are hosting one of our Monthly on Melrose (M.O.M) events, our annual signature event – Big Sunday Weekend (BSW), helping out during the holidays, or simply responding to one of our nonprofit’s emergency needs, these letters always touch us — and we're proud of them, too — so we'd like to share some of them with you.
Big Sunday Year Round
“On behalf of the Sony crew, it was our pleasure to make the donation and to work on this project with you. Knowing that we will be making a positive difference in a child's life is of uppermost importance so we were more than happy to make the contribution."
— J.G., Sony Pictures (September M.O.M, Back To School Collection)
“Congrats on an amazing event! I heard from my staff and the families that have been calling me all day that it was the BEST Halloween party they’ve ever been to – thank you!"
— Z.R., HomeSAFE (October M.O.M Halloween Party)
“Great job on the party! My families LOVED IT!
— L.W.J., KEEN LA (October M.O.M. Halloween Party)
“What a great experience it was to sit upstairs and enjoy the Big Sunday energy! I also admit feeling proud to have helped a little. Thank you very much for your hospitality and thoughtfulness! We all seem to wallow in our own stuff, until we meet someone who has some real problems."
— A.A., (November M.O.M, Veterans Choir & Dinner)
“I had such a wonderful time on Sunday. A highlight was everyone playing bingo together. But the treat was the vets: They were interesting, interested, funny, enlightening, honest and, most of all, really enjoying themselves. Bravo to Big Sunday. I'm looking forward to the next Monthly on Melrose."
— A.R., ( November M.O.M, Veterans Choir & Dinner)
“Thanks for including me in the band today. It was a great day and a really wonderful experience. It's a feeling that will stay with me for a while."
— C.K., (December M.O.M., Holiday Sing-a-long)
“Thank you so much! I have ten families so far whop want to attend. These families are in the direst of circumstances and could really use a nice dinner, especially at Thanksgiving."
— D.R., Olive Crest Homes (Holidays)
“I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for Santa. He was a great hit with the youth here! It really helped them to forget about their problems, and they really enjoyed getting their pictures taken with him. Thanks again for your generosity and for always remembering our kids."
— M.F., Covenant House (Holidays)
“Thank you for your generosity and the opportunity you gave Rabbit Hole last night. Your space and the people you bring together are fantastic. It's really something to see how working together – with and for others – is catching. It takes on its own momentum and before you know it, you’re looking forward to seeing these people the next time around."
— E.S. Rabbit Hole (February M.O.M, Movie Night)
“The day of the Big Sunday event was the best day of my life. I enjoyed being heard and meeting great new people."
— K.A., Animo Pat Brown High (June M.O.M. Coffee House & Reading)
“I’m sitting here in Creative Writing class and my students are telling me how wonderful that afternoon was. Several said it was one of the best days of their lives. It was just so beautiful, having all those writers, young and old, in one place, all talking about writing."
— E.H., Animo Pat Brown High School (June M.O.M. Coffee House & Reading)
“Big Sunday takes community involvement to another level. The professionalism of the staff, together with the quality and commitment of their volunteers allows them to pull off projects – large and small – to the benefit of organizations like ours.”
— D.G., Hollywood Heart.” (July M.O.M. Send a Kid to Camp Yard Sale)
“I am thrilled that I got to spend some time with you at Big Sunday to pay tribute to the anniversary of 9/11. It was a perfect day of service, reflection and community togetherness.”
— J.K., Disney (September M.O.M. 9/11 Food Drive & Remembrance)
“Hollywood HEART appreciates all of Big Sunday's help recruiting volunteers for our summer camps for youth impacted by HIV/AIDS. We received quite a few enthusiastic, positive, and hardworking volunteers through posting our needs on your calendar. Camp couldn't have been the HUGE success it was without your help! I applaud the work that Big Sunday does for our community.
— K.M. HollywoodHEART (Big Sunday Community Calendar)
“Thank you so much for the tee-shirts. They will be put to good use very soon. God bless you. What you have done – and continue to do – is astonishing.
— T.B., The Giving Spirit (Emergency Needs)
“We collected ten boxes of toiletries and even had some T-shirts and socks. I took the items down to the Stand Down and WOW was it impressive. Good stuff! Thanks again for Big Sunday’s donation – it definitely added to the enthusiasm of helping out.
— L.M., Chase Home Lending San Diego (Emergency Needs)
From our Big Sunday Weekend Nonprofit Partners
“Our families loved being out on San Francisco Bay – a real treat! What they loved most was the way in which everyone was welcomed and treated – the kids felt like one of the bunch, not labeled a “homeless child” and that was very important! Thank you."
— P.P., Opportunity Impact, San Francisco (BSW)
“It is so great to hear what people can accomplish when working together! The boys from Phoenix House really enjoyed the dogs and the time they spent at Daphneyland! Thank you for opening up your facility to others in the community to share in the work that you do everyday!"
— J.M., Phoenix House, (BSW)
“A big THANK YOU to Big Sunday, the volunteers and everyone who was a part of creating Walk With Sally’s adventure. Our kids, mentors and families had a wonderful time. I saw lots of beaming faces at the Aquarium of the Pacific! (And lunch was great, too!) Thanks for EVERYTHING!!!"
— Z.P., Walk With Sally (BSW)
“I wanted to thank you for organizing the Bay Area Big Sunday Boat Cruise. Our ‘Buddies’ had a great time! This type of opportunity comes so seldom for our participants and we were all delighted to be invited."
— S.H., Best Buddies Bay Area (BSW)
“Thanks to the neighbors and Big Sunday volunteers who arrived this morning in spite of the rain to help the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy clear invasive grasses and weeds, along with dead undergrowth for fire clearance. We got a lot of work done and had a great time!"
— R.S., Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy (BSW)
“A big THANK YOU to all the Big Sunday Weekend volunteers who came out today to play with the KEEN-LA children. It was better than imagined!"
— F.J., Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (BSW)
“From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for another phenomenally successful Big Sunday! We had 50 eighth graders, teachers, and administrators from Polytechnic School and the fabulous teenagers from the L.A. Conservation Corp., working alongside our toddlers, preschoolers, parents, and grandparents – it was the epitome of "community"! We're deeply grateful for the extraordinary hard work and spirit that makes Big Sunday possible."
— C.L., La Casita Child Development Center (BSW)
“Thanks to everyone who donated and participated at our Big Sunday Hub. We had a great day and appreciated the opportunity to put our beliefs into practice. Big Sunday inspired us to think of different ways to reach out to connect and help our community!"
— J.H., Shinnyo-En Temple Hub Orange County (BSW)
“Everyone loved the food, the scenery the boat and everything about the experience. They felt really special and loved the opportunity to interact with one another in such a beautiful setting."
— L. G., Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BSW)
"There are really no words to express our gratitude to you. Let it suffice to say that your work will help many, many needy families that we serve."
— D.W., Director Family Rescue Center (BSW)
“I just wanted to let you know Sherman Oaks Beautification was a great event! Big Sunday was wonderful! The volunteers worked hard and had fun and we made a visible difference in the area. Thanks!"
— L.E., Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (BSW)
“Big Sunday has held a place in our hearts for a long time. Moments throughout the day stick out in my mind, like a frightened child who was led to cuddle with a frightened hound! Every month we face closure because of this bad economy. But after a day like today, we feel the surge of energy needed to figure out how to survive! We cannot thank you enough!"
— D.S., Basset Rescue Network Inc. at Daphneyland (BSW)
From our Big Sunday Weekend Volunteers
“We had a great time helping out this weekend. My 17-year-old and I painted a community center in Pasadena yesterday and then my 19 and 14 year-olds joined us today to help at a Big Sunday hub site filling toiletry bags, sorting clothes and books and making some flowerpots for the elderly. It was great! Thanks for making this happen BIG SUNDAY!!"
— B.Q., (BSW)
“Thanks so much for the great work the Big Sunday staff put into yesterday. I can’t imagine a better coordinated and supported effort. I know the homeless women we were able to feed and engage took a great deal from the “Bingo and Bagels” morning. But I am also confident that our volunteers took as much, if not more away from the day’s events. Thanks for all you do – year after year – to make this possible."
— M.K., Yale Club of Southern California (BSW)
“WOW! What an amazing day! Some 500 volunteers danced, ate, chatted and laughed. We saw old friends, made new ones, and we worked! We sorted clothes, books and food, made art, assembled gift bags, cooked, gardened, knitted and gave blood. And in this single awe-inspiring day, we contributed to 78 charitable organizations!!"
— S.B., TIOH Big Sunday Captain (BSW)
“Congratulations and thank you! Our volunteers and the organizations we teamed with all had such an amazing time over the 2011 Big Sunday volunteer weekend."
— A.M., Ernst & Young LLP (BSW)
“Thanks for pairing us with Children of the Night – it was a perfect fit. Our skaters said that it was the most fun they'd had – they just loved the girls. We're going to be working with them in the future (some even expressed interest in joining). One said she “found her calling!”
— R.N., Derby Dolls (BSW)
“No kid should wake up in a hospital. But this morning, some kid at Children’s Hospital is going to wake up knowing that there is a community that cares. And that will make all the difference. Thank you all for making our Big Sunday a day of making a big difference in the lives of kids."
— E.F., Valley Beth Shalom (BSW)
“I had a fantastic time this year. The residents at New Directions opened my heart to homeless vets in a way I didn't think possible. I'm grateful Big Sunday has set things up so that even someone as ham-fisted as I can pull off a great event.”
— C.B., St. James Church
“The SafeGround project was my favorite part of the weekend. I especially loved the BBQ because it brought everyone together to enjoy each other’s company and 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)
“Our family had a great time volunteering at the Orange County Islamic Center! We have been participating in Big Sunday since 2005 and we love it. This is always a great way to spend quality time as a family and teach kids our kids’ valuable and meaningful ways to give to others. Our goal is to try and participate throughout the year instead of on one weekend. Thank you for allowing us to be of service."
— L.M., Orange County Islamic Center
“We really did have a great time. The emails I have been getting from everyone have been so heartwarming . . .truly an experience of a lifetime that will forever change me.”
— C.S., Chase Bank (BSW)
“Big Sunday was truly BIG - our hub site was just one small part of a massive weekend of service. Again, you all made a difference, and we thank you."
— D. M. & D.L., Westlake Village Hub Co-chairs (BSW)
“What a great day it was . . . I was amazed at how many volunteers showed up for the Clover Elementary Beautification Day. So awesome to see how many people in Los Angeles are willing to serve their community. Thanks again for all you do!"
— G.N., Westside Shepherd of the Hills (BSW)
“Our event was great – thanks so much to Big Sunday!"
— Z.C., Larchmont Charter School (BSW)
“Thanks to all the Amazing Big Sunday Supermarket Heros! Thanks to the many groups (churches, synagogues and community centers) that collected 11,000 pounds of food for Orange County food pantries."
— S.H., Orange County Food Collection (BSW)
“The Volunteer Center of Los Angeles (VCLA), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Big Sunday volunteers did a great job with the old Rampart Station Cleanup. The LAPD and surrounding community expressed tremendous gratitude. Big Sunday set the stage for us to establish an exciting new partnership with the LAPD. Thanks!"
— P.P., Volunteer Center of Los Angeles (BSW)
“It is just amazing how you have built this event. I am pleased that we can help in a small way to help others."
— T.F., Myman, Greenspan, Fineman, Fox, Rosenberg & Light LLP
“Thanks to every single one of you for making this Big Sunday Weekend event so successful! We could not have done this without everyone's help and commitment to making Central Area a cleaner and safer community!"
— G.P., City of Long Beach Neighborhood Services Bureau (BSW)
“All of us at S.A.R.A.H. want to thank the great folks at Big Sunday for embracing Orange County! We can alleviate pressure on our food banks, support our eco-system, brighten hearts, empower hands and build our community. Big Sunday is our Big Hero!"
— L.C. & L.F., Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (BSW)
“We had a great event. A really great event! Today, my CFO and I discussed how we could foster and maintain an ongoing relationship with the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition. We are looking at quarterly or monthly donation collections, and are already scoping a Thanksgiving and holiday celebration. Thank you."
— G.H., Trinet, San Francisco (BSW)
“The Big Sunday volunteers and residents of Our House worked together to clear and clean their third floor, which can now serve as a store for people in need to get clothing, shoes, diapers and more. It was a great experience. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to help others, and meet new people!"
— E.F. & G.F., Temple Isaiah (BSW)