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About the USC Volunteer Center

As part of Campus Activities, the Volunteer Center is dedicated to promoting service within USC, the greater Los Angeles area, and the global community as a whole. The Volunteer Center’s programs are student-run and student-led.

Our Mission

To empower students to be leaders of social change during their time at USC and beyond.

Our Community Service Philosophy

The Volunteer Center’s Service Curriculum educates students on the complexities of ethical volunteering in the community. Our programs build partnerships that support local and sustainable efforts, developing cross cultural awareness and competency, and educate students on ethical dilemmas.    

Night time gala event

Alternative Breaks

The Alternative Break (AB) program offers exciting opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to get involved with communities outside of USC during Spring Break. Student Coordinators are recruited to plan and lead alternative break domestic and international trips. Participant applications for the trips open in September.

Friends & Neighbors Day

The Friends and Neighbors Day (FND) program hosts days of service once a month for students to serve in the community as a Trojan Family. Every year, we send over 700 students, faculty, staff, and alumni to over 40 organizations around the city to serve with fellow Trojans and together make a positive impact in the community.

SERVE LA 2022

On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, the USC & UCLA Volunteer Centers will collaborate to organize a city-wide service day! New freshmen, transfer students, continuing undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni can participate in a wide range of community service projects across Los Angeles. We would like to invite you to join UCLA and USC to Serve LA.

Trojans Serve Group Photo

Trojans Serve

Trojans Serve events occur 2-3 times per month. These events will fill the need for more volunteer opportunities. Only 1 service project / organization will be highlighted at each event.

Below are a variety of ways that USC  Trojans can get involved in service:

  • Search for Service-Based Student Organizations on EngageSC,
  • Visit Trojan Homelessness Response for USC-affiliated organizations working on homelessness in Los Angeles.
  • Search online databases like Volunteer Match for opportunities, 
  • Subcribe to our Volunteer Newsletter to receive notifications about upcoming events and sponsored programs 
  • Find opportunities with local nonprofit partners in our calendar below:

Week of Events

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Tutor Unhoused Students

School On Wheels Skid Row Learning Center 600 East 7th Street, Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA

School on Wheels matches volunteer tutors with children experiencing homelessness in six Southern California counties. Our tutors work with students for one hour, once a week, providing support at a… Read More »Tutor Unhoused Students

Friends & Neighbors Day

Steven Kathryn Sample Hall (SKS) 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA

The Friends & Neighbors Day program (FND) is one of our most popular community service programs. This program was born after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots as a way to… Read More »Friends & Neighbors Day

Friends & Neighbors Day

Steven Kathryn Sample Hall (SKS) 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA

The Friends & Neighbors Day program (FND) is one of our most popular community service programs. This program was born after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots as a way to… Read More »Friends & Neighbors Day

Friends & Neighbors Day

Steven Kathryn Sample Hall (SKS) 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA

The Friends & Neighbors Day program (FND) is one of our most popular community service programs. This program was born after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots as a way to… Read More »Friends & Neighbors Day

Friends & Neighbors Day

Steven Kathryn Sample Hall (SKS) 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA

The Friends & Neighbors Day program (FND) is one of our most popular community service programs. This program was born after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots as a way to… Read More »Friends & Neighbors Day

The Volunteer Center works to match students with local nonprofit community partners. If you have a need and a  volunteer project, the Volunteer Center can connect you with volunteers to meet your goals in two different ways listed below.If you have a great idea for an engaging project that a group of USC students can work on together, then hosting a Friends and Neighbors Day (FND) service project may work well for you. If you have a service opportunity that does not match with our Friends and Neighbors Day needs/schedule, or you need to work with the same volunteers over a long period of time, then you can submit a request to send out a call for volunteers on our volunteer newsletter or social site. 

students checking out a table at involvement fair

Staff / Faculty

Staff and Faculty can get involved in several of our volunteer programs or create events for the Welcome Experience.