Each year, USC students make an impact together through Friends & Neighbors Day projects at community organizations throughout Los Angeles. FND gives students an opportunity to give back through a variety of service projects, and to meet new friends with similar interests. Register to volunteer for Friends & Neighbors Day by clicking the button below. If registration has closed, those that want to participate may come to FND as a walk-in at 8:30 am and we will match you with one of the project sites that has space available.
Registration for our August 19th FND event will soon open! Please read through our August service project descriptions in preparation for our August 19th FND registration opening.
Cleaning, organizing, and painting are important for many reasons. A school’s or an organization’s appearance plays an important role in the overall quality of life for community members.
- LA Promise Fund – LA Promise Fund supports schools and provides students with alternative learning opportunities. Help LA Promise Fund beautify school campuses in the surrounding communities by painting, gardening, and cleaning up classrooms!
These gardens provide members of the community with the opportunity to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers. These individual plots and common areas provide important green space for individuals to exchange resources and socialize; and ultimately cultivate a sense of community.
- Natural History Museum – Join the Natural History Museum for a day of service in the museum’s Nature Gardens. Get your hands dirty as you help their gardeners with projects like mulching, pruning, and composting. They provide the tools; you provide the energy!
- Community Services Unlimited – Help Community Services Unlimited increase produce production by planting, harvesting, and weeding, all while learning about food systems in their mini-urban garden in Exposition Park!
One-on-one visiting with seniors, hospital patients, children, or teens is intended to bring people together to share stories, play games, and interact with one another.
- Kids Enjoy Exercise Now – Empower youth with disabilities by providing engaging programs of exercise, fitness, and fun. This month’s event is going to be swimming!
Hunger & Poverty
Contribute to one of America’s most complicated and important social issues by volunteering at a donation or service center such as the LA Regional Food Bank.
- GOOD+ Foundation – The GOOD+ Foundation provides low-income parents with essential tools- cribs, car seats, strollers, diapers- to maintain the health and safety of their children. Serve with this organization to help sort and distribute the various donations they receive to positively impact their recipients.
- LA Food Bank – Help sort, organize, and shelve grocery and produce items donated to the organization. Make a difference in the lives of others by completing hands-on projects and organizing donations that are then distributed to those in need.
- St. Francis Center – Help sort, organize, and shelve grocery and produce items donated to the organization. Their food pantry distribution is part of their Family Well-being Program that helps feed families in need.
- Shelter Partnership – The Shelter Partnership Foundation distributes millions of dollars in new goods to agencies serving the homeless and children and youth in foster care. Assist the organization in sorting and organizing their clothing donations so they can get the goods out quickly to people in need.
- World Harvest Foodbank – Help World Harvest Foodbank provide support to community members by sorting food donations, stocking shelves, and preparing food baskets to distribute to those in need.
Youth & Education
Mentor youth in local schools or make an impact at non-profits dedicated to supporting education. Help young students reach their goals to succeed.
- Blazers – USC Volunteers will share their college and life experiences with Blazers students and parents. Help Blazers build different workshops for the future such as: Self Awareness, Time Management, and Open Communication.
- Urban Compass – This organization helps promote learning and enrichment through its after school programs. Through Urban Compass, students will help decorate the library and office, as well as an opportunity to read aloud to some of the younger students of the school.
Student Group Policy
GROUP REQUESTS ARE NOW CLOSED.
We have reached group capacity. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If a current registered group drops, or if we receive new service projects with available space, we will re-open our group request form.
Friends & Neighbors Day Projects
Note: We will update this information with project summaries for our upcoming Friends & Neighbors Day soon once registration for FND opens!