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
Jan
21
Tue
Fight Hunger at Tuesday’s Farmers Market in Culver City
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Quick Overview: We are working to fight hunger and food waste in Southern California, and we'd love to have you join us.

Mission or Broader Program Description: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.

Impact: You will be collecting beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise get thrown away, and donating 100% to local food banks, pantries, and shelters.

Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Join the Volunteer Glean Team to help us collect donations of fresh produce from vendors at your local farmers market and box, sort, and weigh the produce. Volunteers should be comfortable carrying boxes of produce that may weigh up to 40 pounds, but don't need to worry about bringing equipment or transporting the food. Wear comfortable work clothing and close-toed shoes, and bring water to drink. ​​​​​​​

Requirements: Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.​​​​​​​
* Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section.


**All volunteers must register through the Food Forward website. Sign up here: www.foodforward.org/volunteer.** 

After expressing interest, the opportunity leader will contact you to confirm your participation and provide directions for this opportunity.

Jan
23
Thu
Big Sunday’s TM@10 @ Big Sunday
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for TM@10 (Thursday Mornings at 10) at Big Sunday headquarters where we’ll host a different service project each week that benefits a worthy cause! Enjoy good food, good company and good deeds; everyone is welcome. Some of the groups we’re helping include My Friend’s Place, Covenant House, and lots of shelters, hospitals, and senior facilities around all over town. For more info or to sign up, contact rob@bigsunday.org.  Click HERE for TM@10’s full schedule.

Jan
25
Sat
AHEAD With Horses Inc.
Jan 25 @ 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.

Plant Trees in the Rancho Neighborhood
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

New street trees are coming to the Rancho neighborhood!

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

Mezzanine Way — North

Spring Street — South

Karen Avenue – West

Stevely Avenue — East

Rancho Neighborhood Organization is committed to help plant, water and care for these trees for their first year. 

Come help plant the trees! 

 

Rancho Neighborhood Tree Planting

Saturday, January 25, 2020

9 a.m. – noon

Meeting Location: 3002 Stevely Avenue

Long Beach, CA 90808

 

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

No experience is needed, they 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.  

 

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. 

Rancho Neighborhood Tree Planting “A Tribute to Cliff May”
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Rancho Neighborhood Organization is excited to plant the trees as a tribute to Cliff May, the architect that designed their homes and neighborhood in the 1950’s and widely recognized as The Father of the California Ranch Home.  Cliff May loved wide open spaces.  No wonder.  A descendant of an early California Spanish family, he was raised on a San Diego ranch.  May is noted for combining the western ranch house and Hispanic hacienda styles with elements of modernism.  His approach called for houses to be built out instead of up, with the continual goal of bringing the outdoors in.  (Source: Doug Kramer’s Rancho Style)

 

Would your group like to be a volunteer partner for this event? 

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

No experience is needed, they will train you!

Jan
26
Sun
Food on Foot Sunday Serving
Jan 26 @ 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

For over 20 years, Food on Foot has been assisting the homeless by providing nutritious meals, clothing, work opportunities and ultimately the transition to full-time employment and life off the streets.

As an awesome volunteer, you will help distribute food and clothing to up to 200 homeless and low-income people in Hollywood. Children ages 6 and up are welcome to attend! (All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

Volunteering takes place every Sunday from 3:15pm to 5:00pm in our serving location in Hollywood (1625 N. Schrader Blvd).

REGISTER HERE!!!

There's free parking for volunteers at the serving location!

You will also get a chance to meet and hear stories from the homeless participants in our Work for Food program. Graduates from this program leave the streets with a full-time job, permanent housing, a life-skills education, and the confidence needed to make their accomplishments long-lasting.

Volunteer positions require a $25 donation per person.

Your generous gift of $25 will go towards the following:

  • The cost of food you will help distribute that day.
  • Food gift cards and prizes you will give to the top workers in our Work for Food program.

Up to 200 homeless and low-income people will thank you, and it will be an experience you will never forget.

We are in need of donated clothing!

We are in need of gently used clothing (children to adult sizes), warm jackets, suits, dresses blankets, sleeping bags and backpacks.

All clothes donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off when you come to volunteer.

Please limit your clothing donations 5 bags' worth of clothing or less.

Jan
27
Mon
Good Shepard Center
Jan 27 all-day

Volunteers are essential to the success of Good Shepherd Center and help us improve the lives of homeless women and children in our community. We would love to have you join our team as a volunteer. Prior to volunteering we strongly reccomend that you participate in a tour of our facilites. Tours are offered the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.  NOTE: There will be no tour in December.

Tours begin at our Farley House Residence, located at 1671 Beverly Blvd. Parking and entrance to the building are in the alley located one block north of Beverly Blvd., off Union Ave.

The tour takes a little more than an hour and will be followed by a Volunteer Information and Orientation. If you are interested in volunteering or learning how how you can get involved (e.g. donating, serving on our Auxiliary Board, or assisting with fund-raising), we strongly encourage you to participate in the tour.

Those that attend the Volunteer Information and Orientation portion will:

  • Learn more about Good Shepherd Centers’ programs
  • Be provided with a list of current volunteer opportunities and a job description
  • Have an opportunity to fill out a volunteer application

If you would like to participate in the tour or attend the Volunteer Information and Orientation, please contact Annemarie at ahowse@gschomeless.org.

Requirements for Volunteers:

  • Fill out a volunteer application
  • Pass a background check.or be live scan fingerprinted at one of our Live Scan Centers. (depending on your volunteer position).
  • TB clearance (at your expense or there are facilities that do it for free;  we will provide you with that information)
  • Interview by a staff member/s
  • Please note: Minors do not need to pass a background check but will need parental or guardian approval (signature)

If you would like to attend the orientation, please contact Annemarie at ahowse@gschomeless.org.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Fund-raising
  • Join our Outreach Team
  • Join our Auxiliary Board
  • Assist in our Family Services Program
  • Serve as a tutor in Math or English for women working on their GED. Tutoring is one on one and hours are flexible.
  • Prepare (or cater) a meal and serve to residents at one of our shelters
  • Facilitate an employment related seminar-this can be a one time commitment.
  • Organize our donation room. You must be able to work independently with little supervision. Hours are flexible but must be weekdays, during regular business hours. Great organizational abilities a plus!
  • Facilitate a drive (food, toiletries, beauty products). Ask about our incentive program.
  • Volunteer opportunities change periodically depending on our needs at the time. We welcome your ideas.
Big Sunday’s MA@2 @ Big Sunday
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Each Monday Afternoon at 2pm, we host a fun, hands-on service project at Big Sunday headquarters called MA@2 (Monday Afternoons at 2).  It’s a great way for folks of all ages to get together to help others.  Join us for all the fun!  To RSVP for upcoming MA@2 events, please contact beenish@bigsunday.orgClick HERE for MA@2's full schedule.

Jan
28
Tue
CASA of LA @ Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court
Jan 28 all-day

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained, dedicated and caring community volunteer, who is assigned to work one-on-one with a child in the foster care system. CASAs are sworn in by a dependency court judge to advocate for what is in the child’s best interest. With legal standing to fully investigate a child’s circumstances, CASAs make recommendations to the court regarding how the system and community can best serve and support the child. Our volunteers have the ability to broadly influence the life of a foster child by advocating across many important life issues, including permanent placement, health care, education, mental health and enrichment activities.

Our most significant accomplishments happen every day – when an overlooked opportunity is found, a service is secured or an adult connection is made that will help keep a child safe and give him or her an opportunity to succeed.

Fight Hunger at Tuesday’s Farmers Market in Culver City
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Quick Overview: We are working to fight hunger and food waste in Southern California, and we'd love to have you join us.

Mission or Broader Program Description: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.

Impact: You will be collecting beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise get thrown away, and donating 100% to local food banks, pantries, and shelters.

Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Join the Volunteer Glean Team to help us collect donations of fresh produce from vendors at your local farmers market and box, sort, and weigh the produce. Volunteers should be comfortable carrying boxes of produce that may weigh up to 40 pounds, but don't need to worry about bringing equipment or transporting the food. Wear comfortable work clothing and close-toed shoes, and bring water to drink. ​​​​​​​

Requirements: Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.​​​​​​​
* Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section.


**All volunteers must register through the Food Forward website. Sign up here: www.foodforward.org/volunteer.** 

After expressing interest, the opportunity leader will contact you to confirm your participation and provide directions for this opportunity.

How it Works

You can SEARCH by scrolling through the Months or by selecting different Categories or Tag functions. For a totally different view, try the Posterboard or Stream options! Feel free to submit an item for the calendar by clicking the “Submit Your Event / Opportunity” button above at the right-hand side of the page. Questions? Email calendar@bigsunday.org.