We organize over 2000 ways for you to get involved every year – from working on service projects at our headquarters, to helping us collect materials for food, book, and school supply drives, to joining us for school beautification projects, and much more! Below, you will find a summary of each of our programs – whether you’re interested in volunteering, contributing money or items, or co-producing a service event with us – there is truly a place for everyone at Big Sunday!
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.
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During the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Big Sunday staff worked remotely from home and we were as busy as ever. We had to make many changes to our regular programming, including many of the programs listed below. We’re happy to say that we’re back with in-person events (on a smaller scale than what we’re used to but we’re working hard to keep everyone safe.) If you need specific details about anything, please email us at email@example.com. Be sure to check out our current events here.
Big Sunday Programs Overview
Volunteer – we produce hundreds of events every year for folks of all backgrounds and demographics to get together and work on all kinds of service projects. For more about these events and how to get involved, visit the main volunteer page!
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.
MA@2 is our special Monday afternoon 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 MA@2, 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.
2W@10 is our special bi-monthly Wednesday morning get-together, occurring on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month. These events are extra special because our guests of honor are wonderful and fun volunteers with some developmental challenges who want to give back and help others. 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.
Monthly on Melrose is our 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 MLK Day Clothing Drive & Community Breakfast, Valentine-Making, Bingo-Playing Community Dinner, Vet’s Night & Dinner, Books n’ Brunch, Back to School Drive, Spooky Sunday, Thanksgiving Stuffing event, and of course, our Annual Holiday Party & Singalong. All ages are always welcome, and these events are always free.
A Month of Big Sundays (aka Big Sunday Weekend) is an incredible three-day festival of helping each May, which 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. Every May since 2016, Big Sunday has hosted and/or sponsored special events every single day of the month! This allows 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.
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.
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, 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.
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!
The Big Sunday Holiday Volunteering and Giving Opportunities List is posted every year on November 1. It includes more than 400 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.
The Big Sunday Summer List is a lot like the Holiday List, but for the summer! Lots of folks have a little extra time during the summer that they’d like to use to give back. So, on June 1st we post the annual Big Sunday Summer List, which includes over 200 giving and helping opportunities for people of all ages, all over town.
Services – In addition to our volunteer events, we run a variety of other programs aimed at helping people and assisting others who want to help people. If you want to help but don’t have time to volunteer, contributing funds or materials to one of these programs is a great option!
the BIGlist 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.