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Big Sunday Sets A Great Example For Volunteering

We wanted to draw your attention to a wonderful organization called Big Sunday. Big Sunday is a California-based group that helps set up willing volunteers with work they can do in their communities. And while the majority of its users are based in California, the group is expanding all around the country and beyond. 

According to a recent NPR feature on Big Sunday, the organization got its start in 1999, when Hollywood screenwriter David Levinson decided to stop thinking about ways to give back to his community and just start doing it. "I thought, 'I'll do something to help other people,'" Levinson told NPR, "because if I go to, say- a homeless person is moving into permanent housing, I can move in furniture, I can set up the apartment... I don't have to ask myself at the end of the day why I did that, I know why I did that." So Levinson wanted to make it easier for people interested in volunteering to hook up with organizations that need volunteers, or with groups that want to set up volunteer projects.

The group started modestly, building toward its original "Big Sunday" of volunteering, and gradually expanding each year. Now, Big Sunday is a year-round event. You can learn more about them online at, where you can also sign up to volunteer if there's a Big Sunday event in your town. The group's belief is that everybody has something to contribute, and that by encouraging as many people as possible to do a little bit of work, an enormously positive difference can be made.

And if you don't live near a Big Sunday group, don't let that stop you. There's plenty of volunteer work available everywhere. If you're in the New Orleans area, Hands On New Orleans is just one of many groups that can set up willing volunteers with terrific opportunities to help other people.

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