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
Dec
6
Fri
New Directions for Veterans
Dec 6 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 6 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.

Project Angel Food @ Project Angel Food
Dec 6 @ 8:47 pm – 9:47 pm

Volunteering at Project Angel Food is a great way for your group to make a direct impact in the community while sharing a sense of compassion for our most fragile neighbors.

If you are looking to foster team-building while being of service and giving back to our community, there are many opportunities to help, such as preparing meals in our kitchen, assisting with special events, or working in our Urban Gardens.

ONE DAY of your help will make a big difference!

We offer opportunities for groups of up to 10 people to participate.  The kitchen is open Sunday through Friday.  Weekday kitchen shifts are from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Sunday kitchen shifts are from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm.  Other projects can be scheduled through the Volunteer Services Department.

Dec
7
Sat
OC Animal Care Volunteer @ OC Animal Care
Dec 7 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 7 @ 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.

Help Restore Natural Habitats! Volunteer at Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Audubon California’s 4000-acre Starr Ranch Sanctuary in southeast Orange County is pleased to invite you to join them as a volunteer "Weed Warrior." Weeds can alter habitats and have negative effects on wildlife. Volunteers help remove smilo grass, periwinkle, English ivy, and English plantain using non-chemical methods.

No experience necessary. Training and tools provided. Please wear clothes that can get dirty, long pants, closed-toe shoes and layers for changing weather. Bring snacks and a picnic lunch, if you wish. A personal water bottle, a hat and sunscreen are strongly recommended.

Adults and children ages 8 and older are welcome. Children under 13 must be accompanied by adults. Service at Starr Ranch fulfills community service requirements. Please take a look at their volunteer days from November 2019 through May 2020. Find the dates that work for you and RSVP to Sandy DeSimone, sdesimone@audubon.org

2019-2020 Saturday Volunteer Days

9am – 12:30 pm each date (*except April)

November 9 & 16

December 7 & 14

January 11 & 18

February 8 & 15

March 7 & 21

April 4, 11, & 18 *(1:30pm – 4:30pm)

May 9 & 16


If you can’t find a date that works for you and would still like to volunteer, it is possible to volunteer during the week, Monday – Friday. Please reply with a suggested date to Sandy, sdesimone@audubon.org and they will get back to you.

 

For more information on Starr Ranch Sanctuary call 949-858-0309 or visit their website: www.starrranch.org

Peace 4 Kids
Dec 7 @ 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!
Harkins Sensory Friendly Screenings @ Harkins Cerritos 16
Dec 7 @ 9:45 am

Smallfoot roars into Harkins Cerritos 16,  just a little more softly; the sensory-friendly screening is appropriate for guests affected by autism and sensory processing disorders.


One Saturday each month, select Harkins locations present a family-friendly film in an auditorium dedicated to guests affected by autism and sensory processing disorders.These screenings feature:

  • Brightened Light Levels
  • Reduced Sound Volume
  • Room For Guest Interaction
  • Outside Snacks Permitted

Upcoming Films:

July 6: Toy Story 4
August 3: The Lion King
September 7: The Angry Birds Movie 2
October 5: Abominable
November 9: Arctic Dogs
December 7: Frozen 2

The participating local theatre is the Cerritos 16,  (Another So Cal location is the Mountain Grove 16 in Redlands).

BUY TICKETS HERE!

For the Record! An interactive timeline of North LB History @ Jordan High School
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am

See history before your eyes — and under your feet!

Long Beach Heritage will help launch For the Record on November 18, 2019! This interactive timeline takes history to the streets, telling overlooked stories of the heritage that surrounds us.

Volunteers will install the timeline this weekend, and Councilman Rex Richardson will officially kick it off on Monday. All events meet at Jordan High School (main entrance gate), 6500 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805.  Pre-registration is not required and there is no fee to participate. 

 

Installation

Sat., Nov. 16, 3pm

Volunteers welcome! 

 

Kickoff Event

w/ Councilman Rex Richardson

Mon., Nov. 18, 4pm

 

Guided Tour

Sat., Dec. 7, 10am

 

For the Record is a placemaking project created in partnership with lead organization We Are The Next and other community leaders to help broaden the story told about North Long Beach by highlighting lesser known events and people who have shaped the city and neighborhood. A series of decals along Atlantic Avenue, between the Michelle Obama Library and Jordan High School, will reach as far back as 1784 to tell the history through an interactive timeline.

By engaging with the North Long Beach community in the places and spaces they frequent every day, For the Record seeks to empower local residents with knowledge of the history that surrounds them. Every weekday, hundreds of local teens walk this path. They will be exposed to the history of their city and discover the place they call home. Though the area has not traditionally participated in mainstream types of historic recognition, such as designating buildings as historic landmarks, this project looks to instill preservation values within the community through a fresh approach. 

You can visit For the Record’s digital home at lbtimeline.com to learn more. Contact preservation@lbheritage.org or (562) 493-7019 for more information or  https://www.lbheritage.org/tours-events/for-the-record/

Help Set Up Daisy Avenue Tree Lane
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA), and

Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane (CTL)

Are Looking for a Few Good Volunteers!

 

Service Hours opportunity for volunteers over the age of 18 yr. old.

Volunteers — they need your help setting up the lane on Daisy Avenue.

The volunteer work day is:

Christmas Tree Lane Work Day

Saturday, December 7, 2019

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Meet at Hill Street and Daisy Avenue

 

Christmas Tree Lane is located on Daisy Avenue

between Hill Street & Pacific Coast Highway.

Volunteers will be meeting at Hill Street & Daisy Avenue.

Volunteers work all day to try and get every display fenced in.

 

Lunch will be provided for all the volunteers.

You are welcome to help even if it's only one or two hours.

 

Please contact: Maria Norvell, Chair or e-mail DaisyChristmasTreeLane@gmail.com (562) 427-5021

How it Works

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