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
Nov
16
Sat
College Square Neighborhood Tree Planting
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join a team of neighbors, City staff, and volunteers to plant trees. Trees reduce greenhouse gases, provide habitat, reduce cooling costs, and increase property values. You can help make a difference. All tools and supplies will be provided. For more information, please call the Housing & Neighborhood Services Bureau at (562) 570-6866.

Nothin’ but Sand @ Different L.A. County beach each month. Check RSVP page for specific dates/locations
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our monthly all-ages beach cleanup bonanza, 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of every month except December.

Beach cleanups are a great experience for you and your family, friends and co-workers to get involved in the community and environment. All you need to do is show up…and bring reusable supplies, if possible! We provide the supplies, all you need to do is register, sign a waiver, and show up! Visit Heal the Bay’s Eventbrite page for details about the location for this month’s Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup.

This is a rain or shine event. Cleanups are only cancelled for lightning or thunderstorms. We will still hold the cleanup in light and steady rain. In this case, please come prepared with a rain jacket, appropriate shoes, and an umbrella.

Nov
17
Sun
Native Garden Volunteer Day
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The mission of CNPS is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. We achieve this mission at the native garden days at Point Vicente Interpretive Center through community based native gardening.

Program Description: Volunteers learn about California native gardening which gazing out at the Pacific Ocean at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. The garden provides important habitat for endangered species and inspires people to plant local. The volunteer maintenance of the garden is critical to it's success. 

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Volunteers will be pruning, weeding, watering, spreading or collecting native seeds, learning irrigation systems, planting, and mulching the oceanside garden.  

Time Commitment: 2 hours.  
Requirements: Close-toed shoes, clothes for outdoor work.

Benefits: Volunteers benefit by receiving a full training on proper garden techniques that they can use at home and enjoy an enriching educational experience in a beautiful setting.   

*This project is created, organized and managed by our nonprofit partner. Once you click on EXPRESS INTEREST below a staff person from that organization will contact you to follow up.
Nov
18
Mon
Help Restore Natural Habitats! Volunteer at Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Nov 18 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 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

Nov
28
Thu
Turkey Trot Los Angeles needs volunteers! @ N Spring Street and W.1st Street (infront of City Hall)
Nov 28 @ 6:30 am – 12:30 pm
Turkey Trot Los Angeles needs volunteers! @ N Spring Street and W.1st Street (infront of City Hall)

We are looking for 150 volunteers to help at the Turkey Trot Los Angeles in downtown Los Angeles. Volunteer opportunities are November 23(packet pick up) and race day on Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 28. Kick off your Thanksgiving morning with thousands of other Angelinos!
• Where: Start and Finish 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012
• When:
o Event day: Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 28 @ N Spring Street and W.1st Street (infront of City Hall) – various assignments and times available (see link below)
o Packet Pick up – Saturday, November 23 @ 2 locations:
 Capital One Cafe Santa Monica – 401 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
 Capital One Cafe Downtown LA – 801 S. Grand Ave #101 Los Angeles, CA 90017

• Volunteer Registration: https://tinyurl.com/2019TurkeyTrotLA

Dec
7
Sat
Los Cerritos Wetlands Habitat Restoration @ Los Cerritos Wetlands
Dec 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Aquarium of the Pacific is working together with the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority to help restore a local wetland in Long Beach.

The Aquarium hosts a monthly habitat restoration event at the Los Cerritos Wetlands. This is your opportunity to visit and learn about our local wetlands, help the environment, and support the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewardship Program is working to restore 66 acres of wetlands owned by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. These wetlands occupy habitat in two cities, Long Beach and Seal Beach, and two counties, Los Angeles and Orange. The program’s ongoing restorative activities have included removing non-native plants, collecting seeds from rare plants for later use, and collecting trash.

Restoration will focus on non-native weed removal and rare native plant conservation. These events will be led by trained naturalists and local educators, offering a great opportunity for local citizens to learn more about the Los Cerritos Wetlands, while getting hands-on involvement with the restoration.

Age: The entire family is welcome to participate. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: Free. No registration required.

Meeting Place: Participants will be met and greeted by Los Cerritos Wetlands staff at the corner of Pacific Coast Hwy and 1st. Street in Seal Beach. Arriving around 10:15 a.m. is recommended.

Length: 2 hours, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Please Bring: The wetlands are wildlands, so please dress accordingly. Closed-toe shoes are required. Hat and sunscreen are recommended. Drinking water will be provided, but this is a plastic water bottle-free event. Please bring a reusable water bottle.

Participants eligible to win a free ticket to the Aquarium and other prizes!

For more information, please visit the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority.

Dec
15
Sun
Native Garden Volunteer Day
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The mission of CNPS is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. We achieve this mission at the native garden days at Point Vicente Interpretive Center through community based native gardening.

Program Description: Volunteers learn about California native gardening which gazing out at the Pacific Ocean at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. The garden provides important habitat for endangered species and inspires people to plant local. The volunteer maintenance of the garden is critical to it's success. 

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Volunteers will be pruning, weeding, watering, spreading or collecting native seeds, learning irrigation systems, planting, and mulching the oceanside garden.  

Time Commitment: 2 hours.  
Requirements: Close-toed shoes, clothes for outdoor work.

Benefits: Volunteers benefit by receiving a full training on proper garden techniques that they can use at home and enjoy an enriching educational experience in a beautiful setting.   

*This project is created, organized and managed by our nonprofit partner. Once you click on EXPRESS INTEREST below a staff person from that organization will contact you to follow up.
Dec
21
Sat
Nothin’ but Sand @ Different L.A. County beach each month. Check RSVP page for specific dates/locations
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our monthly all-ages beach cleanup bonanza, 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of every month except December.

Beach cleanups are a great experience for you and your family, friends and co-workers to get involved in the community and environment. All you need to do is show up…and bring reusable supplies, if possible! We provide the supplies, all you need to do is register, sign a waiver, and show up! Visit Heal the Bay’s Eventbrite page for details about the location for this month’s Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup.

This is a rain or shine event. Cleanups are only cancelled for lightning or thunderstorms. We will still hold the cleanup in light and steady rain. In this case, please come prepared with a rain jacket, appropriate shoes, and an umbrella.

Jan
18
Sat
Nothin’ but Sand @ Different L.A. County beach each month. Check RSVP page for specific dates/locations
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our monthly all-ages beach cleanup bonanza, 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of every month except December.

Beach cleanups are a great experience for you and your family, friends and co-workers to get involved in the community and environment. All you need to do is show up…and bring reusable supplies, if possible! We provide the supplies, all you need to do is register, sign a waiver, and show up! Visit Heal the Bay’s Eventbrite page for details about the location for this month’s Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup.

This is a rain or shine event. Cleanups are only cancelled for lightning or thunderstorms. We will still hold the cleanup in light and steady rain. In this case, please come prepared with a rain jacket, appropriate shoes, and an umbrella.

Jan
25
Sat
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. 

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