Looking to lend a hand? This Big Sunday is your chance

Courtesy of BigSunday.org

Volunteers give a hand during last year's Big Sunday festivities. Photo courtesy of BigySunday.org.

Former British prime minister Winton Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

This weekend, the non-profit organization, Big Sunday, aims to help L.A. give their time or money for a good cause.

Check out their 3rd annual Big Sunday Arts Fair at the L.A. Farmer’s Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on Sunday, May 3.  The event will include live dance, music and puppet show performances and craft-making, as well as a flea market in which all proceeds will benefit the long-running theatre group, “We Tell Stories.”

The organization is hosting several other events throughout L.A. over the weekend, including blood drives, electronic waste recycling, lemonade stands, and manicures (click here for a more detailed list).

Interested in donating time during Big Sunday?  Volunteers are needed for everything from beautifying public stairways in Los Feliz, exercising a green thumb at the Salvation Army residence Alegria, help repair reb center Phoenix House’s fence in Monrovia, take foster children on a hike at Whittier Narrows State Park, entertain seniors at St. John of God Nursing home and more – see all of the weekend’s opportunities here.

If you’re looking to do some shopping while doing some good too, Unique L.A.‘s anti-mall event at the California Market Center in downtown is showcasing independent designers’ and artists’ works this weekend, May 2 & 3.  Tickets are $5, and half of the proceeds are donated to local charities.

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