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Causes: Citizen Participation, Community & Neighborhood Development, Community Coalitions, Economic Development, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to build community through community service. We believe that everyone has some way that they can help somebody else. Our biggest event each year is Big Sunday Weekend—always in the spring, usually in late April or early May. That’s when thousands of people from California, of all ages and all backgrounds, work together at hundreds of nonprofits, schools and other agencies that need their help. Last year on Big Sunday Weekend, volunteers turned out—some as individuals, others with their families, still others as part of a class, church, synagogue, mosque, business or club—to lend a hand at more than 500 different projects from San Diego to San Francisco, making Big Sunday Weekend one of the largest regional community service events in America. On Big Sunday Weekend there are opportunities for every passion, talent, skill and age. Projects are scheduled throughout the weekend, and can last anywhere from one hour to two full days. Big Sunday Weekend also includes special events such as art shows, yard sales and blood drives. Plus, every year on Big Sunday Weekend, we give away truckloads of clothes, books, food, furniture, musical instruments, luggage, toys and other items. For many people, Big Sunday Weekend is just the beginning of an involvement that continues throughout the year. Many of our volunteers build lasting relationships with the nonprofits they first help on Big Sunday Weekend. All year long—and for years to come—they continue to volunteer, mentor, serve on boards and contribute goods, services and money to support these worthy causes. The bottom line is that everyone has some way they can help someone else. And when everyone helps, everyone wins.

Results: 15 years of community-building festivals of volunteerism, and still growing!

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Programs: Big sunday provides countless ways for people of all ages and all backgrounds to help somebody else. These include thousands of volunteering and giving opportunities throughout the year, including big sunday weekend ( hundreds of projects on one weekend in may); the big sunday community calendar, listing more than 1000 ways to help each year; the annual holiday giving list, with more than 250 ways to help at the holidays; the end of the month club, a monthly food collection; monthly on melrose, a series of all kinds of special helping events; thebiglist, an online giving and wish-list to help other nonprofits and those who want to serve them; organizing corporate days of service; youth in action, an online toolkit for youth wanting to help; tm@10, a weekly gathering at the big sunday office to do community service projects; meeting emergency needs of nonprofits and individuals, and more.

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