For years, our Kid of the Month feature has highlighted some of the amazing kids and teens who pitch in at Big Sunday’s many programs and events.  But, you may be wondering, what about all the other important players involved in Big Sunday?  We’re lucky to have a huge network of volunteers, corporate sponsors, non-profit partners, and other participants who help us out in all kinds of ways!

That’s why we’re so excited to introduce our brand new feature:

Big Sunday’s Non-Kid of the Month!

From now on, we’ll be honoring someone (or something!) special in the Big Sunday community every month!  These “non-kid” participants have gone above and beyond in some way, and we can’t wait to share their stories with you.

Introducing our new Non-Kid of the Month: Jo Ann Consolo. Jo Ann has been a familiar face at many of our Big Sunday events, for many years now. Of course, she is one of our wonderful TM@10 regulars (she may even been our first TM@10 regular!). Happily, she often helps out at MA@2, too. We have often counted on Jo Ann to help us at loads of our big monthly events, too, like Valentine’s Day, Back to School Night, or Thanksgiving to name just a few. Her natural dependability and helpful demeanor always makes her great company at Big Sunday; she’s always looking to help others.

Jo Ann not only helps with many of our regular events, but she’s always game to help us out when we try something new: our various Music Nights, our 1st Annual Bowling Party, pitching in at a Big Sunday barbecue at My Friend’s Place or a special Big Sunday event with the Dodgers (to name just a few). She always supports us generously at our gala, too.

Not only is Jo Ann a great friend to Big Sunday, but she often brings friends and family to join us, too. Over the years, Jo Ann has brought Jay (her husband), Aviva (her daughter), David (Aviva’s boyfriend), June, Kelly, Anne, and many more. In fact, many of Jo Ann’s great friends and family have become wonderful Big Sunday regulars, too!

We’ve thought about what makes Jo Ann such a great asset to Big Sunday. Of course, we always appreciate it that she frequently says, “How can I help?” Plus, whenever she helps on a project, she works and does an incredible job. But even better, she’s always friendly and welcoming to any other volunteer (old or new), not to mention all of us on the Big Sunday staff. Clearly, she just “gets” that we are all in it together. Needless to say, she has definitely found herself a place within our community – and we are lucky to have her!

[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