Big Bear Valley, CA, May 7, 2014 – Organizations that enrich our community hold various fundraisers throughout the year, and many residents do their best to attend and contribute. This year, we’re trying something different. Following the incredible success of Give BIG Riverside County, the Big Bear Valley is participating this week in Give BIG San Bernardino County, with the mission of strengthening the Inland Empire through philanthropy.

There are 14 local nonprofits participating, and you can see the full list on our website. A 24-hour online giving campaign runs this week, from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8 to 7:00 a.m. on Friday, May 9. During this time, you can give to all your favorite causes in one fell swoop at

This is a County-sponsored Community Foundation project, whose goal is to raise at least $300,000 in just 24 hours.

Local organizations participating in Give BIG

American Association of University Women, Big Bear Valley branch (Tech Trek camp for local 8th-grade girls encouraging interest in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

Big Bear Alpine Zoo & Friends OR (animal rehabilitation and sanctuary)

Big Bear CanTree (food pantry collections/Meals on Wheels funding)

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (screening 100+ independent films from around the world and awarding cash prizes to top finishers)

Big Bear Valley Education Trust (Gifted & Talented Education, Academy of Environmental & Sustainable Sciences, career presentations and more)

Big Bear Valley Habitat for Humanity (decent and affordable housing for local residents)

Big Bear Valley Hummingbird Project (recreation tuition, school supplies, haircuts and clothing for kids from low income families, Thanksgiving baskets and more)

Friends of Fawnskin (bald eagle nest web cams, environmental education and oversight; protection of local habitat)

Mom & Dad Project (results oriented, research based parent classes and a parenting resource center run through the Healthcare District

Old Miners Association (Heritage Parade, Miss Clementine Pageant and other activities)

San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust (purchase of private land within the San Bernardino National Forest for conservation protection; land restoration)

Southern California Mountains Foundation (environmental education, litter abatement, off-highway vehicle program, service projects)

United States Adaptive Recreation Center ( (year-round outdoor therapeutic recreation opportunities for people with physical and developmental disabilities)