Big Sunday: Helping Us Find the Perfect Volunteer Opportunity in Our Communities

“A simple act of kindness,” is a phrase you hear often. But, sometimes the path to volunteering can get complicated!

You might hit a road block when looking for ways to get involved in the community. Some organizations have age restrictions, specific skill requirements, or only enlist volunteers that have gone through extensive orientations.

Today we want to highlight a community organization that makes the pathway to volunteering easy. When you’re beginning your volunteer journey, a place like Big Sunday in Los Angeles can be a great place to start. 

“Absolutely EVERYONE has some way that they can help somebody else.” -Big Sunday motto

Big Sunday started with the simple goal of organizing community service projects all over Los Angeles one Sunday in May. The movement grew and now they have action projects of every kind throughout the year.

People of all ages can be found at their community gatherings, from two-year-olds painting heart art for city beautification to teens and adults sorting donated clothes or bags of Thanksgiving groceries. No matter who you are, they have a way for you to help. 

So how can YOU get involved? SIMPLE!

Step#1: Visit Big Sunday’s Youth in Action page that shares helpful tools and inspiration to start your volunteering journey.

Step #2: Get an overview of the multitude of volunteer programs they provide.

Step #3: Consider what time of year and type of activity speak to you. Want to volunteer on weekends? Sign up for their In The Same Boat outings. Prefer volunteering on your school vacations? See their summer or holiday list of opportunities. Or, check out their “Really Big Community Calendar” that has everything for the month in one place. 

To learn more about how students can get involved in social innovation projects, internships, volunteer opportunities or develop their leadership skills, contact Mentor Me Learning, or go to their website programs page.

This piece was written by Marissa Nadjarian. We are proud to have Marissa as one of our main contributors and Mentor Me Learning Advisory Board Members. She is a service-learning specialist, educator, mother and founder of Philanthroparent. Learn more about Marissa and her amazing work at