Volunteer around Los Angeles on “Big Sunday”

Could this be the coolest event of the year in our City of Angels?

bigsunday.gif“On May 7, 2006 up to 25,000 volunteers (!) of all ages will join Mayor Villaraigosa and volunteer at more than 200 different non-profit sites. It’s all part of BIG SUNDAY ’06, L.A.’s Annual Day of Service.”

After the Great American Boycott, Cinco de Mayo, and Free Comic Book Day, why not lend a helping hand in your community on any number of projects being organized this Sunday?

Simply go the “Big Sunday” website, click on “volunteer”, and you’ll be asked your age and the area you’d like to volunteer for a list of opportunities to be presented.

There are volunteer opportunities for every passion, every talent, and every age. Projects are scheduled throughout the day to work with any schedule. Projects can last anywhere from one hour to all day.

Because Angelenos simply rock, many of the volunteer requests are already full. However, as of this writing I found a number of projects still needing help in my Hollywood neighborhood include painting flower pots to be presented to shut ins all over town, conventional painting inside of the L.A. Free Clinic, planting trees, removing graffiti, and general neighborhood cleanup in Silverlake, or sewing up and repairing factory reject clothes for donating to Children of the Night and injured soldiers in Iraq.

There are a ton of other projects going on, so even if any of the above don’t make you feel motivated to help out, check out the site for other projects in need. In addition, donations of all sorts are being accepted that day for a wide variety of organizations and the American Red Cross will be holding blood drives at multiple locations.

Their site states that their very noble, proactive goal, “is to become the largest citywide volunteer day in America, not in response to a man-made or natural disaster, but simply because that is the kind of people we are, and this is kind of city we live in.”

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