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
Feb
15
Fri
New Directions for Veterans
Feb 15 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
Feb 15 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.

Feb
16
Sat
I Have a Dream Foundation
Feb 16 all-day

 Your volunteer work at “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA) will make a difference in the lives of underprivileged youth in Los Angeles. Volunteers tutor, coach, read to our students (“Dreamers”), chaperone field trips, provide positive role modeling, and act as an all-around support. The staff will supervise all volunteers during the after-school program. 

The IHADLA staff will hold an orientation session at the program site for prospective volunteers. Other than that, the only requirement is that volunteers arrive on time! To apply, please click on the “Apply Now” button to fill out an application, and we will contact you shortly.

OC Animal Care Volunteer @ OC Animal Care
Feb 16 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.
Feb 16 @ 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.

Neighborhood Tree Planting in the Collins Neighborhood @ Collins Elementary School
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

I am happy to share that new street trees are coming to the Collins neighborhood!

  

Up to 100 trees will be planted in the neighborhood bounded by:

 

Harding Street — North

La Jara Street — South

Coke Avenue — East

Downey Avenue – West

 

Collins Neighborhood Association and Girl Scout Troop 1353/1363 are committed to help plant, water and care for these trees for their first year. 

 

Come help plant the trees! 

 

Volunteers of all ages are welcome at this event to help plant and water these young trees

 

No experience is needed, we will train you.  

 

 

Can you and/or your organization serve as Water Brigade volunteers to help water the newly planted trees on planting day?

 

Volunteers are needed to help make sure each tree is deep watered with 15 gallons on planting day to help them get off to a good start.          

 

 

Would your group like to provide refreshments for the volunteers?

 

 

Can you and/or your organization assist with watering the trees during their first year?

 

 

  

Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau staff will deliver all the trees and tools on planting day. 

 

The Port of Long Beach and CAL FIRE have provided funding to plant 10,000 trees in Long Beach neighborhoods through 2022.  Residents, businesses and community groups partner with Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau to provide volunteers at the tree planting events. 

 

Public Works will survey the neighborhood for tree planting locations and Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau staff will mail letters to the property owners of all the adjacent sites to notify them that trees will be planted and to provide them with an opportunity to decline them.   

 

Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau staff will deliver all the trees and tools on planting day. 

 

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or would like additional information.  

Outdoor Volunteer Day: White Point Nature Preserve
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Outdoor Volunteer Day: White Point Nature Preserve @ Los Angeles | California | United States

Join us for our Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve! You will help care for the White Point Native Plant Demonstration Garden by planting native shrubs, removing invasive weeds, watering native plants, grooming trails and more! Your efforts will help restore this habitat for wildlife as well as create a beautiful place for the community to enjoy!

White Point is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Enter the free parking lot from the Western Blvd as it turns into Paseo del Mar. We are located at the end of the road on the left-hand side.

We will be working outdoors, so please wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection and be sure to bring drinking water and a snack. Thank you for volunteering!

Peace 4 Kids
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

EVERY CHILD DESERVES A CONNECTION

Each year, our volunteers contribute 5000+ hours, accounting for almost 80% of our services. If you're interested in promoting peace in the lives of foster youth, join our community and bring your knowledge and compassion to those who will truly benefit. It's a truly rewarding experience!

Primarily our volunteers connect with youth on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm in an environment that focuses on creativity, education, life skills building, health and wellness. Under the guidance of our staff, volunteers are given the tools to work one-to-one with youth, developing strong bonds that leave a lasting impression. 

HERE'S A QUICK REQUIREMENT CHECKLIST:
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Contribute at least 8 hours a month [2 Saturdays per month] and commit to a minimum of one year of service
    • Obtain Department of Justice clearance
    • Attend both a new volunteer orientation and training

And here's some of the things you'll be doing:

    • Engage, mentor and provide leadership for youth in foster care, ages 4-18 years old
    • Support our educational team in facilitating creative learning onsite and on field trips 
    • Create a consistent, nurturing community based environment
    • Have fun making new friends with like-minded folks!
Second Chances Leadership Program @ USC Social Sciences Building, RM B52
Feb 16 @ 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.

WITHOUT LIMITS Math & English Tutoring Program @ Urban Partners Los Angeles at 1st Unitarian Church of Los Angeles
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For 10 years, Urban Partners LA has hosted WITHOUT LIMITS, a tutoring program for inner-city families at the First Unitarian Church in the heart of Koreatown. In this area of the city many families face significant barriers to education. Local schools are underfunded and overcrowded; home support is limited while parents work 2-3 jobs and struggle to understand their children's homework because English is their 2nd language. We tutor the students every Saturday morning from 10 – Noon; parents enjoy quarterly convivios to learn how to help their children in their studies; families enjoy field trips sponsored by the Sierra Club.
Join our fun (and sometimes wacky!) team of volunteer tutors to help our wonderful, eager-to-learn students grow in their math and reading skills. Want to play hot potato with words or math problems? We try new and different ways to make learning fun! We welcome one and all – give it a try one time and learn what we're all about. Maybe you can donate one weekend a month or you'll want to help out several times a month. We look forward to meeting you and helping you …"to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit" (quote by Nelson Henderson)!

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