Approximately 50,000 volunteers worked on 325 community service projects throughout Los Angeles during “Big Sunday” weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th.

The event marked the tenth anniversary of Big Sunday, considered the largest regionwide community service volunteer weekend in America.

Some of the service projects on the Westside took place at Westchester High School, the Phoenix House facility on Venice Beach, Cowan Avenue Elementary School in Westchester, the Mar Vista Family Center in Del Rey and Charnock Road School in Mar Vista.

At the Phoenix House in Venice, volunteers worked on a large garden makeover project involving recycled materials, drought-resistant plants and environmentally-friendly materials. A number of artists were involved in the project, which utilized various salvage materials to build garden furniture for the drug and alcohol treatment facility.

Big Sunday was started ten years ago by David Levinson, a Los Angeles-based writer, and involved just 300 volunteers. In 2006 and 2007, Big Sunday partnered with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office and the City of Los Angeles remains a major supporter for the event.

Big Sunday organizers say the event is more than a day of volunteering and is about community building. The event brings together thousands of people of all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds from throughout Southern California, organizers said.

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