Service Projects

 

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Volunteers at 93rd St. School on August 20, 2016.

Register for Projects for Friends & Neighbors Day

Please look through the following service project descriptions for our March 4th FND event.  Registration will open this Friday! 

Animal Advocacy 

Support local non-profits that protect the welfare of animals and pets, play with furry friends at local shelters, or learn about ways to create a safe environment for animals.

  • Kitty Bungalow – Organization and a clean environment help keep rescued cats at Kitty Bungalow healthy. Help to organize and beautify the Kitty Bungalow space to then enjoy some play-time with rescued cats and kittens!

Beautification

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.

  • Kid City Hope Place – Kid City needs help completing a renovation project for their music program! Volunteers will help paint a musically inspired hallway and will help put up a photo gallery of music students.

Community Gardening

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.

Friendly Visiting

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. Example: Volunteers at the Salvation Army- Olympia Convalescent Hospital engage with patients in activities such as bingo, nail painting, and puzzle making.

  • Union Rescue Mission – Empower children and youth who are experiencing homelessness through games and interactive and artistic activities.

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 others by completing hands-on projects and organizing donations that are then distributed 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.
  • Jumpstart – Volunteers will be part of a literacy fair at a local elementary school, and duties will include reading with children, leading fun literacy activities, and giving books away to families.

Each year, teams of USC students make an impact through short-term projects at our community partner agencies in the city of Los Angeles. Friends & Neighbors Day (FND) offers a variety of projects for volunteers to choose from. You can learn more about FND here, and sign up to volunteer for Friends & Neighbors Day by clicking the button below.

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If the registration link is closed a day or two before our event, but you still want to participate, feel free to come to FND on Saturday as a walk-in between 8:00-8:30 am and we will do our best to match you with one of the sites that has space available.

Student Group Policy

If you are part of a recognized student group on campus and would like to sign-up to volunteer  with fellow members, you may request to add your group to our registration form by emailing serveon@usc.edu. Requests must be received at least 2 weeks prior to FND with your group name, # of members volunteering at FND, and top 3 projects in order of preference. If we can accommodate your group, you will be added to the registration and your group will be assigned to one of the sites that you’ve indicated that has the capacity for your group (first come, first serve).  All of your participating members must register through our online form. The sooner you register your group, the sooner your members can sign up for FND!

Note: We will continue to update this information with project summaries for our upcoming Friends & Neighbors Day!