As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, May is the Month of Big Sundays – a whole month of terrific volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and interests. And each week in May we’ve listed all the Big Sunday projects still seeking volunteers in our general area for the current week, to help you and your family find some great ways of having fun while doing good. To connect with the local events remaining in May, just click on the links below to sign up…or – if you want to do more, have a specific interest not represented here, or would like to travel a bit further – go to the full Month of Big Sundays calendar to see what else is happening in other parts of the city – there are MANY MORE opportunities! (And yes, these projects can provide the community service hours many high school students are looking for at this time of year!)
Help Out at Big Sunday’s MM@10
Monday, May 22, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at the Big Sunday Office, 6111 Melrose Ave., 90038
MM@10 (Monday Mornings at 10) kicked off during the 2016 Month of Big Sundays and became so popular that Bit Sunday continued the program weekly. Each Monday morning, from 10–11:30 a.m., they host a service project at their offices on Melrose. Volunteers have done everything from making cat toys for local animal shelters to creating cheerful gift bags for seniors at a nearby senior home. This week folks will be decorating meal bags for Project Angel Food.
Decorate Cookies for Veterans with The South Pasadena Woman’s Club
Tuesday, May 23, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Big Sunday offices, 6111 Melrose Ave., 90068
Join Operation Cookie and The South Pasadena Woman’s Club for a fun cookie decorating party for veterans! Volunteers are needed to help decorate tasty cookies with red, white and blue frosting, sprinkles and other treats for local veterans in the Pasadena area.
Prep & Pack Meals for Sick Clients of Project Angel Food
Wednesday, May 24, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Project Angel Food, 922 Vine Street, 90028
Team up with Project Angel Food to help prepare and package 1,200 meals for the organization’s seriously ill clients. The folks at PAF believe food is medicine, so pitch in, show some love and help with this much-appreciated project. Volunteers 16 and up are welcome.
Donate Items to Big Sunday’s theBIGlist
Wednesday, May 24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Big Sunday offices, 6111 Melrose Ave., 90068
Every week Big Sunday hears from people in the community who have things to give away – everything from dining room sets to pianos to theater tickets. At the same time, their nonprofit partners call them with emergency needs – everything from beds to clothes to clerical help. They’ve happily played matchmaker for a long time with their online service theBIGlist! So each Wednesday in May Big Sunday is having an open house for folks to drop off items to be posted on theBIGlist and donated to nonprofits needing items.
Walk Dogs with Michelson Found Animals
Thursday, May 25, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop, 4235 Sepulveda Blvd., 90230
Calling all dog lovers, this is the project for you! Our friends from Michelson Found Animals are in need of friendly volunteers to help walk lots of lovable dogs, and to help clean their shelter as well.
Help Out at Big Sunday’s TM@10
Thursday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 6111 Melrose Ave., 90068
Big Sunday launched TM@10 the summer of 2013 for just a few weeks, but the program was so popular, they started doing them every week. Each Thursday morning, from 10–11:30 a.m., they host a service project at Their offices on Melrose. They’ve done everything from assembling birthday gifts for folks in shelters (so that everyone there will have something to open on their birthday) to writing letters to soldiers stationed overseas to making quilts for preemies. This week volunteers will be decorating cookies for CalVet in West LA for Memorial Day.
Prep & Pack Meals for the Homeless with Under the Bridges and on the Streets
Saturday, May 27, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 2261 W. 28th St., 90018
Team up with Under the Bridges and on the Streets to help prepare and package meals for the organization and homeless clients. “Under The Bridges” is dedicated to serving the homeless where they live, on the streets, under bridges and in camps.
Pitch In at Wilshire Crest Elementary School’s Beautification Day
Sunday, May 28, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Wilshire Crest Elementary School, 5241 W. Olympic Blvd., 90036
Join the folks at Wilshire Crest Elementary School for a fun beautification project on their 10th consecutive year with Big Sunday! Activities include weeding, mulching, planting, building wire arches, and building doors for compost bins in the school garden. Then everyone will enjoy a community feast in the German “Lange Tafel” tradition – sharing a meal and stories of food traditions in our various places of origin.
Help Cook & Serve Dinner at Ronald McDonald House
Monday, May 29, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, 1250 Lyman Place, 90029
Do you make a mean dinner? Put your culinary skills to good use with the Big Sunday hosts at Ronald McDonald House! Volunteers will prepare a meal for the families living at Ronald McDonald House. This is a very troubling time for the parents and siblings while they are helping a sick family member, and you can bring some joy into their day – and make sure they get a good home-cooked meal. Bring your best recipes, some friends and join everyone in the kitchen.
Pitch In at a Mural-Painting Project with Leo Politi Elementary School
Wednesday, May 31, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Leo Politi Elementary School, 2481 W. 11th Street, 90006
Join Leo Politi Elementary School in a huge mural-painting project. Volunteers of all ages can assist in painting inspirational quotes around school, touching-up the current rainbow around the palm court, placing stepping stones leading to the Kindergarten yard, and much more!
Help Sort Food for Big Sunday’s 10K in May!
Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 6111 Melrose Blvd., 90068
Join us Big Sunday as they end A Month of Big Sundays with a day-long open house. It will also be their biggest End of the Month Club event ever, as they sort, pack and distribute all the food tha has donated throughout the month. (The goal: 10,000 units of food, and they’re sure they’ll get there!) Volunteers will also be sorting through any other final donations, and start a collection of beach towels that will be given away in June. Of course, there will also be great food, good music, fantastic company — and lots of ideas for ways that you can be involved in the months to come! Volunteers will be sorting the food in the morning, and welcoming our nonprofit friends to pick it up in the afternoon.