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
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
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

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
8
Sun
Food on Foot @ Gay and Lesbian Center
Dec 8 @ 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

You can help distribute food and clothing to the homeless and poor on any Sunday, from 3:15pm to 5:00pm, in our Hollywood location (1625 N. Schrader Blvd.) Devoting 90 minutes of your time has a positive and heartwarming impact on the homeless that you serve. We are kid friendly too!  We encourage you to bring your children and inspire them to give back to their community. (All children must be accompanied by an adult).

Volunteering requires a $20 per person donation, including children.  Your gift will go towards funding for the food and gift cards you will help distribute on Sunday afternoon.

Food on Foot Sunday Serving
Dec 8 @ 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.

Dec
9
Mon
North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
Dec 9 all-day

The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry is always delighted to have new volunteers and there are several ways to get involved:

There are several packing teams who pack groceries at Temple Beth Hillel.  Dates and times of individual teams are arranged through the Packing Team Coordinator, Leslye Adelman.  Please contact Leslye on her email at momof3inla@att.net to get involved.

The Transportation Teams transport the packed groceries from Temple Beth Hillel to First Christian Church located on Colfax Avenue throughout the week.  The dates and times of the individual teams are organized by the Transportation Team Coordintor, Chris Wilkinson.  Please contact Chris on his email at cgwilkinson@gmail.com to get involved.

Transportation teams pickup Thursdays and Sundays using a provided truck.
The whole process transporting from 150-200 prepacked bags of food takes about one hour to complete.

Thursday pickup teams generally operate between 5:00-8:00PM.
Sunday pickup teams generally operate between 8:00-9:30AM and 1:00-3:00PM.
Food Distribution Teams:

FOOD DISTRIBUTION TEAMS:

The Food Distribution Teams are responsible for distributing food to our clients at First Christian Church.  These teams work during our hours of operation on Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Please call a representative at 818-760-3575 during operation hours to get involved.

Listing of Volunteer Positions by Jobs:

Hand Out Food Monday and Friday

Unload Trucks

Food Shelvers

Bag Packers

Bag Movers

Pick Up Donated Bread

Bagel Brigade

Serve on Committees

Dec
10
Tue
“Plant a Tree for the Holidays:” Ridgewood Triangle Neighborhood Tree Planting
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dear Neighborhood and Community Leaders & Urban Forester Volunteers —

Would you like to make a difference for the environment? 

Come help plant 100 new street trees in the Ridgewood Triangle neighborhood in Long Beach!

Ridgewood Triangle Neighborhood

Tree Planting

“Plant a Tree for the Holidays” 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

9 a.m. – noon

Meeting Location: 4681 Goldfield Avenue

Long Beach, CA 90807

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

Del Amo Boulevard –- North

San Antonio Drive –- South

Cherry Avenue — East

Orange Avenue -– West

Ridgewood Triangle Neighborhood Association is committed to help plant, water and care for these trees for their first year.

What can you expect on planting day?  I thought you all would like to check out this awesome video from a recent tree planting event!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2197682300505372&id=1615161738757434&fs=0&focus_composer=0

 

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, 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?

  • Ines with Ridgewood Heights Neighborhood AssociationLightning Camp Fire Group and Boy Scouts of America – Lone Scouts will bring volunteers and water and breakfast pastries for the volunteers!
  • Jim and Donna with Ridgewood Triangle Neighborhood Association will bring volunteers and will grill hot dogs for the volunteers!

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

Thank you for your pledge to water the new trees during their first year:

  • Ridgewood Triangle Neighborhood Association

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 installed 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. 

The Greystone Demonstration Garden @ Greystone Gardens
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Greystone Demonstration Garden is a dedicated space for community gardening projects and education.  It's approximately 2150 square feet and sits on 18.3 acres of land at Greystone Mansion & Gardens:  The Doheny Estate, owned by the City of Beverly Hills.  This outdoor venue allows individuals to come together and learn about gardening, the benefits of locally grown, organic food that is environmentally friendly, sustainable and cost-effective. The Greystone Demonstration Garden is open year-round and seeks volunteers for various gardening tasks.  If interested, contact the City volunteer coordinator at 310-285-6840

 

Dec
11
Wed
North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
Dec 11 all-day

The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry is always delighted to have new volunteers and there are several ways to get involved:

There are several packing teams who pack groceries at Temple Beth Hillel.  Dates and times of individual teams are arranged through the Packing Team Coordinator, Leslye Adelman.  Please contact Leslye on her email at momof3inla@att.net to get involved.

The Transportation Teams transport the packed groceries from Temple Beth Hillel to First Christian Church located on Colfax Avenue throughout the week.  The dates and times of the individual teams are organized by the Transportation Team Coordintor, Chris Wilkinson.  Please contact Chris on his email at cgwilkinson@gmail.com to get involved.

Transportation teams pickup Thursdays and Sundays using a provided truck.
The whole process transporting from 150-200 prepacked bags of food takes about one hour to complete.

Thursday pickup teams generally operate between 5:00-8:00PM.
Sunday pickup teams generally operate between 8:00-9:30AM and 1:00-3:00PM.
Food Distribution Teams:

FOOD DISTRIBUTION TEAMS:

The Food Distribution Teams are responsible for distributing food to our clients at First Christian Church.  These teams work during our hours of operation on Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Please call a representative at 818-760-3575 during operation hours to get involved.

Listing of Volunteer Positions by Jobs:

Hand Out Food Monday and Friday

Unload Trucks

Food Shelvers

Bag Packers

Bag Movers

Pick Up Donated Bread

Bagel Brigade

Serve on Committees

How it Works

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