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Web site matchmaker for charity

by Sam Blum

November 30, 2011 | 5:27 pm

Big Sunday, the year-round volunteer organization, has launched BIGlist, an online charity service partnering nonprofits, individuals and the causes that need them the most. Dubbed a “non-profit matchmaking microsite,” it features all kinds of things that people in the Big Sunday community want to give away, as well as listing the  needs of Big Sunday’s nonprofit partners. 

Big Sunday, which originated as Mitzvah Day at Temple Israel of Hollywood, now organizes an annual service weekend that draws thousands of people to community service projects statewide. But it has also expanded to facilitate volunteer activities year-round.

Here’s how the BIGlist works: Individuals donate items ranging from books, jungle gyms, pianos, clothes and Thanksgiving turkeys, and nonprofits partnered with Big Sunday claim these items and give them to people in need. The nonprofits also can post their own needs. Items can only be claimed by nonprofit organizations; individuals can only donate.

Recently, the list of items people wished to give away included furniture, two pianos, Thanksgiving dinner at the Hard Rock and a very cute basset hound named Arlo (just to name a few). Stuff needed included non-perishables, including food, soap, bookshelves, and more.

To make donations, contact the thebiglist@bigsunday.org.

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