Big Sunday happily welcomes you to Our Really Big Community Calendar

We try to include all kinds of volunteering and helping opportunities for all kinds of interests, talents, passions, and ages! As you’ll see, these include volunteering opportunities (one-time and long-term) as well as the chance to support a nonprofit by attending fundraising events. Plus, of course, we include all of Big Sunday’s homegrown events, too! Whoever you are, and whatever you do, there is someone out there who could use your help.

If you have questions about our calendar, or would like to add a listing, please contact calendar@bigsunday.org or submit your event/opportunity via the button below.

Big Sunday Event Giving Opportunity! One-time Volunteer Opportunity Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Sep
24
Mon
Coach/Mentor Girls in 3rd-8th Grade: Inspire & Empower!
Sep 24 – Dec 8 all-day
Coach/Mentor Girls in 3rd-8th Grade: Inspire & Empower!

Inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident!

Season after season, our volunteer coaches tell us that coaching for Girls on the Run is the single most REWARDING volunteer commitment they have ever made. GOTRLA is a transformational after school program that creatively integrates running into character development lessons that inspire girls to love who they are, withstand the pressures of youth, and activate their limitless potential! No running experience needed! Join one of our 60 teams throughout LA County to help facilitate our 10 week program with a powerful group of 3rd-8th grade girls. The program culminates with a Celebratory 5K Event, but for coaches and girls the finish line is just the beginning!

(Application, One Day Training Event and Background Check Required)

Sign up today: www.gotrla.org/coach

Nov
14
Wed
Jemba’s Annual Toy Drive
Nov 14 – Dec 22 all-day
Jemba's Annual Toy Drive @ Los Angeles | California | United States

Jemba Against Domestic Violence. Jemba Against Domestic Violence is a 501 c 3 organization that helps domestic violence victims in South Los Angeles in times of need.Donate a new unwrapped toy or gift at Goorin Bros. in Larchmont Village or Legends the Barbershop on Fairfax Ave. People are also donating online at https://yougivegoods.com/jemba-toydrive

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jadv-christmas-party-and-toy-giveaway-12222018-tickets-52200043736

Dec
7
Fri
New Directions for Veterans
Dec 7 all-day
NDVets Memorial Day 5K

We look for friendly, energetic volunteers to assist with our 5K run/walk. We need volunteers to help with everything from Check-In, staffing water stations, and cheering on walkers and runners along the course, to giving out medals at the finish line and cleaning up.

NDVets Annual Gala Dinner

For this event, we need focused and friendly volunteers to help with event registration and ushering.

Day of Service

Arrange a day when caring employees from your company or organization can come out to one of our many NDVets facilities and complete a volunteer project that includes jobs such as gardening, painting, cleaning, and assembling care packages.

Host a Fundraiser or Collection Drive

Add an opportunity for giving to your next company party or event by collecting donations for NDVets! Most donations are tax-deductible.

Lunches for our Welcome Center

Our Welcome Center is often the first stop for many of our veterans seeking help, and meals are much needed and appreciated! If your organization is interested in scheduling a day to donate bagged lunches for our veterans, please contact our volunteer coordinator at devvolunteer@ndvets.org.

Attend an NDVets event

When you support a New Directions for Veterans event, you directly support our mission and the veterans we serve. Take a look at our upcoming events to see what’s happening!

If you’d like to donate your time and talents to New Directions for Veterans

Please contact us, and we can discuss a volunteer opportunity that works for you! Call us at 310-914-4045 and ask for the Development Department, or email us at info@ndvets.org.

Serve Meals to Those in Need! @ West LA and Bell, CA
Dec 7 all-day

The Salvation Army's Bell Shelter in Bell, CA and The Haven on the VA campus in West Los Angeles offers 3 hot meals a day to each of their residents and volunteers are always needed to help serve. Volunteers are asked assist in the prep and serve either breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are several locations listed for this opportunity.

Day Care Classroom & Office Volunteer Assistant @ L.A. Day Care
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Los Angeles Day Care Center provides day care services for low-income families around the garment, flower and produce districts. Volunteers are welcome to assist one or mutiple days to help with the various activities around the classroom, office and recess. Volunteers must complete the required Protect the Mission training and have their fingers prints done prior to working at this facility.

Must be 18 or older and have experience working with preschoolers to volunteer

Dec
8
Sat
OC Animal Care Volunteer @ OC Animal Care
Dec 8 all-day

If you are searching for a rewarding experience and love working with and for animals, we invite you to join the OC Animal Care volunteer team. Volunteer opportunities are available seven days a week.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

§ Dog Walker – 
Volunteers walk and exercise shelter dogs that are available for adoption. Through exercise, dog walkers provide adoptable dogs' human contact, mental stimulation and basic command training.

§ Cat Socializer – 
Volunteers socialize available shelter cats. Through socializing, volunteers improve the quality of their lives and better prepare them for adoption into loving homes.

§ Greeter – 
Volunteers greet and offer assistance to the public at OC Animal Care's front gate. Greeters are a visitor's first contact with the shelter and through their warm greeting and courtesy may influence a person's decision to adopt from OC Animal Care.

§ Mobile Adoption/Special Events – 
Volunteers assist staff in educating citizens about the services provided by OC Animal Care at local fairs, festivals and mobile adoption events.

§ Clerical Support – 
Volunteers assist customer services staff by preparing adoption packets that offer insightful information to ease the transition of an adopted pet into a new environment.

§ Bather/Groomer – 
Volunteers bathe and groom shelter dogs to create quality bonding time between themselves and the dogs and increase a dog's adoptability.

§ Foster Caretaker – 
Volunteers provide temporary care to young, injured, abused or under-socialized animals. Volunteers return their foster animals when they are deemed suitable for adoption by OC Animal Care clinic staff. The volunteer is responsible for all expenses incurred while fostering.

VOLUNTEER SELECTION

OC Animal Care requires that all potential volunteers go through an extensive selection process. This process ensures that OC Animal Care is selecting volunteers that best fit the needs of the program and understand the unique environment in which they will work. The selection process may take up to two months. Please note that applicants will be selected based on the current needs of OC Animal Care.

Time Commitment
OC Animal Care requests that you commit to a minimum of eight hours per month for three months. This commitment ensures that the program will operate smoothly and that the maximum benefit is derived for the animals.

Training
OC Animal Care staff provide training to all volunteers. Volunteers are required to complete the training for each position in which they are selected to serve.

AHEAD With Horses Inc.
Dec 8 @ 8:45 am – 2:30 pm

We are always happy to have people interested in volunteering! 

 

We have a short orientation every Saturday morning at 8:45am in Shadow Hills. (Rain will normally cancel and we are closed for major 3-day holiday weekends.) 

 

Volunteers must be at least 12 to volunteer. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you to sign some paperwork. Closed-toe shoes (should be comfortable because there is a lot of walking), a shirt with sleeves (T-shirts are fine; No tank tops) and long pants are required. If planning to stay for the entire day (till approx. 2 – 2:30pm) then bringing water and a sack lunch/snack is recommended.  Other days and times available for volunteering will be given at the orientation.

 

We normally have volunteers assist the instructor with the children and horses, which includes, leading horses and spotting, which is walking alongside the horse to ensure child’s safety and position changes on the horse. Other activities might include: grooming horses, cleaning tack, gardening (raking, weeding, etc.), mailings, etc.

READING TO KIDS: December 8, 2018
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
READING TO KIDS: December 8, 2018

READING TO KIDS: December 8, 2018 Reading Clubs

Reading to Kids organizes monthly reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight downtown Los Angeles elementary schools. The reading clubs run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pairs of volunteer readers read aloud to small groups of students from the elementary school (typically between 4 and 6 children per group) in a fun environment. Teachers at the elementary school provide supervision and guidance throughout the morning.

To volunteer at our next reading clubs, please visit http://www.readingtokids.org where you'll need to register and RSVP. For more information, please feel free to e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org or call (310) 479-7455.

Our next reading clubs will be held on December 8, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For exact locations, please visit http://www.readingtokids.org.

Volunteers must be 18 or older to volunteer with Reading to Kids.

Second Chances Leadership Program @ USC Social Sciences Building, RM B52
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Chances Leadership Program was designed to build and develop the self-confidence, life and leadership skills of youth through interactive learning, in-class discussions, presentations, panels, workshops, and exploratory field-trips. Upon conclusion, participants will be able to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of a leader’s core essentials through a service learning project, weekly homework and journaling assignments, discussions, presentations, and a culmination project.

Our youth will become ‘Ambassadors’ allowing them to become well versed in the theoretical and practical application of a leader’s core essentials and be capable of utilizing them within their home, school, and community. This allows them to personally develop through leadership programs and have access to tools and resources that not only helps such youth to apply to college, but also prepares them to succeed in life.

The Leadership Program consists of 5 modules that are 8 weeks in length. The modules expands our youth knowledge base by providing significant exposure to real-life work experiences, hands-on activities that challenge their decision making process, and intense cross-cultural volunteer projects both locally and abroad.

Volunteer (21+) at the Santa Monica Pub Crawl @ Third Street Promenade
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Volunteer (21+) at the Santa Monica Pub Crawl @ Third Street Promenade | Santa Monica | California | United States

Volunteers 21 & over are needed on Saturday, December 8, 2018 to help with the 10th Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl. To sign up, please fill out our volunteer form at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/fCumLGirAzaLTBpl2

This event is a pub crawl in Santa Monica to kickoff the holiday season and raise funds for Westside Food Bank. Proceeds from last year's pub crawl provided over 100,000 meals for local individuals & families in need. There will be 4 starting locations in Santa Monica: Main Street, Ocean Ave, 3rd Street Promenade and Wilshire Blvd. It's a fun, festive atmosphere and volunteers get a free wristband to participate in the event after their shift.

Volunteers are needed to help check in preregistered participants, take payments from new participants, distribute wristbands, sell Santa hats and collect donations. Volunteers must have good people skills and can help manage crowds. Volunteers are encouraged to dress in holiday costumes & festive holiday clothing. Volunteers are also needed during the After Party shift which is 9:00pm-12:30am.

To learn more about the Santa Monica Pub Crawl, please visit: santamonicapubcrawl.com

How it Works

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