Big Sunday Weekend 2015

Whether your thing is building a library, painting a classroom, bathing a dog, donating toiletries, or hanging out with someone who’d love your company, Big Sunday could use your help!
Whether your thing is building a library, painting a classroom, bathing a dog, donating toiletries, or hanging out with someone who’d love your company, Big Sunday could use your help!

This weekend is Los Angeles’ Big Sunday celebration when citizens get out in the field and volunteer their energies in improving projects across the LA basin, “to build community through community service.” The event was originally held only on Sundays, but has become so popular, and with so many needy projects, that it has expanded to the entire weekend, May 1-3, 2015.

Sign ups are easy online via bigsunday.org where you can find locations near you or organizations you’ve always wanted to know more about, from animal shelters to food banks, from beaches to museums. Students can receive credit for community service that is often required by many middle and high schools. But it’s also a great way for a family to spend the day together and help others who really need you.

One local project at Wilshire Crest Elementary School  offers something for everyone as shared by local resident and Buzz contributor Liz Fuller:

This is our 8th year hosting an event at Wilshire Crest, and this year we’ve got a lot on our plate – we’ll be building a 3-bin composter and shade structure, as well as planting and mulching, in our farm/garden…and planting, cleaning and organizing, as well as repairing and painting storage bins, and building some small wood benches, in our preschool area.

The project is suitable for all ages, so kids, friends, grandparents and everyone else is welcome. If you’d like to join the fun, please sign up at http://my.bigsunday.org/123 – the event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday (May 3), and we’ll have water, snacks, catered lunch from El Pollo Loco and a free Big Sunday T-shirt for all participants.

If you’ve never done it, you’re in for a great experience. If you have done it, you know how great it feels to pitch in, help out and give back!

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Wilshire Crest School Garden replaced an asphalt area with raised beds

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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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