The Big Assist Foundation

When local high school students Alexa and Matthew Goldwasser, Matthew and Maya Lerman, and Daniel Eini started their nonprofit organization, The Big Assist Foundation, they never imagined how vital their work would be today. Bonded by a passion for physical activity and a determination to make a positive change in the world, the team of students founded their organization with the mission of providing new sports equipment to kids in the greater Los Angeles area that need to be given an equal opportunity to develop an interest in sports.

Despite being unable to bring the community together through in-person fundraisers as hoped, the innovative teens still found success by hosting virtual events that got their participants moving for a cause. During their September through October event, they raised enough funds to donate 104 sports balls to The Foster Children’s Resource Center. Recently, they donated over $1,200 in equipment to L.A. Family Housing as a result of their December 2020 contactless sports equipment drive and online pop-up shop called “The Assist List.” The Big Assist co-founders were beyond thankful to have been able to bring smiles to the faces of many children over the holidays.

The recent challenges their peers have faced with remote learning and studying f rom home only further inspired The Big Assist founders to offer a solution to students struggling with mental and physical health. The Big Assist team is determined to give back to transform the lives of youth in our community through sports since it has played such a positive role in shaping their identities in and outside of the classroom in profound ways.

Aside from collecting monetary donations, there are a variety of ways you can help The Big Assist Foundation reach its goals. Students are strongly encouraged to become an “Assist Ambassador” and be a part of a new volunteer program in the works! More information on the program will be coming soon. To find more ways to get involved, participate in upcoming events, make a donation, or for more information about the foundation, visit their website at thebigassistfoundation.org or contact info@thebigassistfoundation.org with any questions. Make sure to follow their social media accounts to stay updated on all things Big Assist! IG:@thebigassistfoundation. FB:@thebigassistfoundation.