Camp Volunteers Needed!
Hollywood HEART in Malibu, CA is looking for volunteers to help out at its two-week long summer camps for youth impacted and affected by HIV/AIDS. Camp Pacific Heartland, a traditional summer camp for kids 7-to-15 years old is August 9-13; and Camp Hollywood Heart, a visual and performing arts camp for kids 16-to-20 years old is August 16-20. They need volunteers to do everything from taking photographs to performing to doing office work to just hanging out with kids. Volunteers are welcome for as little as one hour or the whole week! For more information or to volunteer contact Kara Mondino at 818-437-63780 or at kara@hollywood heart.org.
Stand Down in San Diego
This month we got a call from Big Sunday vet Michelle Grant, who told us about Stand Down in San Diego, an amazing event that helps more than 200,000 homeless veterans every year. Big Sunday is happy that we’re able to donate toothbrushes, toothpaste and T-shirts to this event. Even better, our friends at Chase Bank in San Diego are now involved and will be collecting and donating toiletries, too. If you can help in any way, please contact Michelle at MGrantNYC@aol.com. But hurry: Stand Down is next week. For more info on Stand Down, check here.
Monthly on Melrose, July: Help Send a Kid to Camp
Join us for July’s Monthly on Melrose event – there are countless ways for everyone to help – kids, teens and adults! On Sunday, July 10, at 10 AM at our office at 6111 Melrose Avenue, we’ll be hosting a Big Sunday Yard Sale and a Big Sunday When Life Gives you Lemons Make a Lemonade Stand – all to raise money for Hollywood Heart, which provides camping experiences for children, adolescents and teens impacted by HIV and AIDS. Among the many ways you can help: Host a lemonade stand at the end of your driveway (or anywhere you like!) – it’s an easy and fun way to teach your kids about giving back. If you’d like to host a lemonade stand, please contact email@example.com for more details; Clean out your closets and bring us your junk (okay, preferably your really nice junk)! We’ll be accepting donations from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday, June 27 through Thursday, July 7 (we’re closed on Fridays during the summer, and on July 4th); we’ll also need volunteers to help set-up, sell stuff and clean up at the yard sale. If you’d like to donate stuff, or help out at the sale, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org; and finally, you can shop! Stop by the yard sale and see what we have that you might need. And, if you happen to see a lemonade stand; buy a cup to help send a kid to camp! Monthly on Melrose is made possible by our friends and neighbors at Paramount Pictures.
Volunteer For Surf Camp
The Children’s Life Saving Foundation, which serves low-income, at-risk and homeless youth and their families, is looking for volunteer surf instructors and teenage counselors in training (C.I.T. program is for 13-to-18 year olds) for its Camp4All summer programs. Whether you need community service or just want to have fun while helping others – this is a great summer community service opportunity! Most of the kids who attend this camp have lived in Los Angeles all their lives, but have never been to the beach! Camp runs from July 8 thru August 19. For more information, or to apply to be a counselor or surf instructor, click here or call 310-450-3701. BTW, they also need donations of sunscreen, towels and bathing suits for the kids who attend Surf Camp!
Got Stuff? Big Sunday Weekend Kicks Off Collection Drives
Now is a great time to clean out your closets! Big Sunday is collecting clothes, backpacks, baby items, instruments, diapers, socks, underwear, toiletries, school supplies, children’s books and more. We’ll distribute this incredible bounty to deserving schools and nonprofit groups from Los Angeles to Irvine. Click here to find a drop-off location near you.
Big Sunday Weekend Posters Are Now Here!
The Big Sunday Last-Minute Project Bulletin Board.
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Veteran’s Choir and Dinner
We’re hosting veterans from New Directions on Sunday, November 21st as part of “Monthly on Melrose,” a series of workshops, collections, performances and other events to benefit our nonprofit partners. There will be a fantastic 30-minute concert by the awesome New Directions Choir (they rocked on America’s Got Talent!) These guys are all vets who used to be homeless. Now they have this incredible choir, which has performed on Big Sunday Weekend for the past couple of years. We’ve also invited a bunch of other veterans from New Directions to join in the fun. Afterward, we’ll be hosting dinner for everyone. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve dinner, and clean up. Most of all, people are needed to visit with the vets and enjoy one another’s company. Kids are welcome. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d simply like to attend, RSVP to email@example.com.
Spooky Saturday a Huge Success!
Our second Monthly on Melrose event was a huge success and great fun for all! We had 120 volunteers hosting 250 underprivileged kids and families from HomeSafe and KEEN. There was face-painting, pumpkin decorating, design-your-own goodie bags, a fantastic costume closet and “trunk or treating,” plus a cast of creepy characters in our Haunted House! It’s hard to know who had more fun – our volunteers or the families they hosted. A big thank you to all those who helped make this day so great, and a special shout out to Kathy Ohtomo and Siobhan Sullivan for organizing our costume closet (with more than 200 donated costumes!); Anna Ortega for getting 100 donated pumpkins for the kids to decorate; Gayle Baigelman for her face painting and tattooing expertise; Marta Kauffman for running the goodie bag decorating station; Tashanda Giles-Jones and her Girl Scouts for creating a creepy haunted house; Kabrel Polak and Nikki Cotton for creating an amazingly fun trunk-or-treating experience; Joel Lipton for taking beautiful portraits; Debora Perez for feeding everyone; and the scouts for helping to decorate the office!
Monthly on Melrose: Holiday Party and Sing-a-Long
Our friends at AbilityFirst help people with all kinds of disabilities. The kids in their program have a special holiday request – they want folks to sing Christmas carols with them. That’s an easy one, and fun too! We’ve invited them, and a few other nice groups for a special Big Sunday Holiday Party at our office. There will be lots of food, a sing-a-long (and yes, we will include some Hanukkah songs) and then some caroling in the neighborhood. Plus, the all-new Big Sunday Holiday Band will make their first – and possibly only – appearance. Here’s what we need: volunteers to set up, decorate, serve and clean up; drinks and baked goods; holiday decorations; and lots of people to just be friendly, whether you sing or not. Of course, the party is free, but we’d love it if you can bring an unwrapped toy for a child, or a gift card from a national chain – in any amount – for a teenager. We’ll donate these to some of the many groups on the Big Sunday Holiday List that have requested toys for the holidays. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited, so if you want to be involved in any way please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veteran’s Choir and Dinner A Huge Success!
More than 100 people were treated to a memorable night as the New Directions Choir, a group of formerly homeless U.S. veterans gave a rousing concert at the Big Sunday office. The audience included another 35 vets, as well as scores of Big Sunday volunteers, who then all joined together for a wonderful, fun, delicious community dinner. Afterward we played Bingo for an hour or so until all our guests just had to go home! It was a great evening. Thanks to everyone who came, donated, helped, sang, ate, and joined in the warm feelings. The veterans had a great time! Indeed, as one of them was leaving, he told us: "I am going to hold this night in my memory for a very long time." We could not have done it without you! Many thanks!