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We connect people through helping.

Dear Friends,

A summer update. (After a heck of a spring!)

I hope this finds everyone healthy and well! Though it’s been months of illness, worry, economic reversals and social upheaval, I am very hopeful. It has been wonderful and inspiring to see so many people from all walks of life working together to make a better world.

As you may know, even though we’ve been away from the office, we’ve been busier than ever. We’ve been reaching out, helping people, and staying connected in about a million different ways. As always, we couldn’t have done it without you – the extraordinary, kind and generous Big Sunday community. In fact, it’s also been so nice (great, really) to hear from so many of you over these past few months. And always the first question is the same: “How can I help?” Thank you.

This summer, all of us at Big Sunday are continuing to work from home. Like everyone else, we’ve been doing our best to stay safe, healthy, informed, engaged, calm and collected. Personally, I continue to think there’s something to be said for trying to keep one’s sense of humor, too.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • We’re sending a daily e-mail (well, Monday through Friday) including ways you can connect, ways you can help, and ways you can stay entertained. Everyone on the staff will be weighing in. For sure, we’d love to hear from you, too! Let us know what you’re doing (even if it’s just hanging around) and how you’re doing. To receive the email, contact lauren@bigsunday.org.

  • We’re in touch with our sister nonprofits all over town, and are doing our best to help them fill their needs. For the most up-to-date requests, check our daily email, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages.

  • Big Sunday's 3rd Annual Summer List is now posted and more than 150 ways you can help both at Big Sunday and with our nonprofit partners all over town. These include hands-on opportunities (for those who are aware of the risk, yet feel comfortable with that), giving opportunities, and virtual programming, as well as many other ways to help and to connect. We will be adding to it throughout the summer. If you have something you, please contact beenish@bigsunday.org.

  • From July 1 through August 12, our headquarters on Melrose will be open every Wednesday morning from 10 – noon to drop off items to be given away to those who are struggling. We’ll have a special focus and goal each week (e.g., food, clothing). Drop-offs will be no-contact and socially distant. And yes, you can bring things not necessarily being collected that day. (You’re welcome!).

  • We do not have a 2020-2021 available yet as we are waiting to see what is needed, what is possible, and what we are comfortable doing, all while circumstances and directives keep changing. But yes, of course we will - as always - be providing Back to School supplies; Halloween costumes; Thanksgiving meals; holiday toys and much more. We’re still figuring out how! We’ll keep you posted. We will also continue to do our best to accommodate you, whether you’re a group (school, faith, corporate or anything else), a bunch of friends, a family, or an individual.

  • Of course, you can always email me at david@bigsunday.org or anyone else on the staff, too. (Our email addresses are ourname@bigsunday.org. (Except David McB whose email is, naturally, davidmcb@bigsunday.org.)

Please take good care of yourself and everyone around you. We’re here for you. Of course, now more than ever we’re all in it together. (And, for the record, we’ve been saying that for years – long before it was fashionable!)

With love and best wishes from all of us – myself, Berenice, Beenish, David McB, Pablo, Tamara, Alan, Ty, Lauren, Daniel and Naia – at Big Sunday.

David

Tons of ways to help!

Special Thanks to our GenErous Sponsors!

  • [Thanksgiving Stuffing Event] “Our Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without you guys. It warms my heart and replenishes my faith to witness such kindness in action.”

    -A.Z., Los Angeles

  • “This past weekend we had a group of wonderful volunteers at our rescue who painted, cleaned and fixed up our kitty habitats. We are still in awe of the work that was done and how much it helped our little non-profit.”

    – C.G., A Cat’s Tale

  • “We so respect all that you do. Big Sunday is an amazing entity, and you are doing all the right things at this tough time.”

    -Anonymous, Los Angeles

  • “Yesterday’s event was one of the best organized and executed events we have had like this (and trust me, we have done many, many volunteer work days!). The new fence looks wonderful… [for] our therapeutic gardening area. A great day, a great event, and a wonderful outcome.”

    – S.C., Century Villages at Cabrillo

  • [We’re All in the Same Boat Project] “We loved being a part of it, talking to people, being on the boat. It was also a pleasure seeing such sweet humanity.”

    -D.P., Los Angeles

  • “You have a beautiful organization. It’s one of the few things that keeps me feeling hopeful about the future. Thanks again for bringing us together.”

    – L.P., Los Angeles