If you are available this Saturday and have skills as a painter, gardener or carpenter, why not drop by to help make the Venice Family Clinic a spiffier place?
The provides free, top-notch health care to Venetians who can’t afford it otherwise. Currently 2,100 people, including 500 physicians, volunteer their time to serve more than 24,000 patients annually, but with a limited budget and increased demand for the clinic’s services, the building is starting to look a little tired.
Enter Big Sunday Weekend, the largest community service festival in the United States, when more than 50,000 volunteers help schools and community nonprofit organizations on May 14 and 15.
The effort was stated in 1999 by David Levinson, who began with just 300 volunteers. On Saturday, Levinson will be joined at 9:30 a.m. by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will come by to offer his support and lend a hand.
No taxpayer dollars are tapped for this effort. It is a pure community endeavor. I urge anybody who cares about giving something back to Venice to pitch in and help.