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.

We’re so excited to introduce you to our first ever Non-Kid of the Month: Melissa Castillo!


Melissa has been helping out at Big Sunday since 2015.  Not only is Melissa a regular at our weekly TM@10 events, she also helps out at nearly every Monthly on Melrose event. Her favorites are our Thanksgiving Stuffing Event and ourValentine-Making, Bingo-Playing Community Dinner. Then again, she was an especially cool cat (you’ve gotta see the pictures!) at Spooky Sunday last fall.


Melissa throws herself into just about every request we throw at her – expected or not – with patience and fun.  In just the past few months she’s pitched in at Corporate Days of Service with NBCUniversal and Netflix; handed out donuts on one of our “We’re All in the Same Boat” harbor cruises; and literally joined the party preparing for and facilitating our recent Friday Fiesta (which raised a bunch of money for The Big Sunday Emergency Fund).


Plus, of course, we’re all still talking about how last December Melissa single-handedly did all of our office decorations for the holidays.  We host loads of events at the holidays so the place really had to look sharp. Melissa was given many boxes full of decorations – and no directions. A bit overwhelming. But Melissa jumped right in. She put a lot of time and a ton of love into the task. And she transformed the place. When she finished, we all agreed that we had the coolest and most festive office around!


Melissa is friendly to everyone and truly devoted to our mission of connecting people through helping. She’s a special part of the Big Sunday community, and we’re excited and honored to have her as our first Non-Kid of the Month!

[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