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Our goal is to inspire Trojan students, staff, and alumni to ignite and continue their passion for community service during their time at USC and beyond. Participate in an event to make an impact in your surrounding community! 

Read the project descriptions for our next event below. Descriptions may be updated throughout the month. After registering, volunteers receive a confirmation email 1-3 days before FND with details about their site, check-in instructions, and agenda for the day. Check-in times vary for different projects so please read your confirmation email. 

October Registration

On October 22, the USC Volunteer Center is collaborating with the Viterbi Impact Program!
 – If you are are a Viterbi student and want to volunteer with your school at the LA Food Bank please use the Viterbi form on the right.
 – If you are not a Viterbi student (or you are but want to volunteer at a different site), please fill out the Registration for Friends & Neighbors Day (FND) form below.  Do NOT register on both forms. 

Project Descriptions

Please read the descriptions below before filling out the registration!

Times do not include transportation to and from your site. 
All sites include free transportation from USC’s main campus.  
Lunch will be provided to volunteers on campus.

Blazers Youth Services Community Center – Off Campus, Transportation will be covered via Lyft (9:00am-1:00pm) 
The Blazers is opening up a library that allows the community to explore their genre preferences and find a love for reading. By offering a few hours of your time to help with their library makeover, you can help with spreading the love and importance of reading.

Santa Monica Beach Cleanup – Off Campus, Metro train transportation will be covered (10:30am-12:00pm) 
Santa Monica State Beach is a California State Park operated by the city of Santa Monica. At 3.5 miles long, Santa Monica State Beach is a heavily trafficked location for its beauty and entertainment offerings. Unfortunately, high foot-traffic has resulted in a large amount of trash left in the sand. This project focuses on collecting litter and disposing it in Santa Monica’s trash bins. If you are new to California, or Los Angeles, this is a great way to help the environment, meet new friends, and enjoy the ocean breeze.

USC Neighborhood Cleanup – Off Campus, Walking distance (9:30am-11:00am) 
Housing on campus is very limited, so many students live in apartments and houses in the neighborhood surrounding USC. This project focuses on cleaning up our local streets west of Vermont Ave in an effort to give back to the community that has welcomed and housed so many of our Trojan Family. This is a great way for students to begin to develop good relationships with University Park’s long-term residents.

AfricActive – Off Campus, Metro train transportation will be covered (10:30am-1:00pm) 
AfricActive is a local non-profit organization focused on tackling food insecurity within the South Central Los Angeles community. AfricActive works through community organizations and local churches in Los Angeles and throughout Africa. The org transforms lives and communities by offering free resources and services that address immediate and long-term needs. Volunteers will be distributing food to community members at a local park. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Community Services Unlimited – Off Campus, Walking distance (9:00am-12:00pm) 
COVID: Must wear a face mask on the farm and inside the store.
This project supports access to locally sourced fruits and vegetables to the community of south central Los Angeles. Get your hands dirty, break a sweat, and deepen your relationship with growing at CSU’s urban farm. Volunteers 15 years of age or younger must be supervised by their parent/guardian.

LA Regional Food Bank – Off Campus, Lyft transportation will be covered (9:00am-1:00pm) 
Age Requirement: Must be 18+ 
By donating a few hours of your time, volunteers will help the Los Angeles Food Bank provide food for the 2 million people in Los Angeles County who face food insecurity. Volunteers help by boxing, sorting and gleaning food that is later distributed through the LA Food Bank’s network of nearly 700 agency partners to our neighbors in need. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. 
NOTE: There are two LA Food Bank groups this month – one is reserved for Viterbi students and one is for other students/staff no matter their affiliation. 

KEEN Los Angeles – Off Campus, Transportation will be provided (1:00pm – 4:00pm) 
Age Requirement: Must be 18+. Must pass a background check/screening. 
COVID: Must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination
KEEN provides free fitness opportunities for children & teens with disabilities. Volunteers will have the opportunity to provide 1:1 coaching during an activity (most likely tennis for this session) for a child or teen with special needs. Just before the athletes arrive and the session begins, coaches receive  a profile with details about their athlete’s abilities as well as helpful coaching hints for that particular athlete. A coach’s job is to help athletes take part in different sports activities and to have a good time. After completing the FND Registration Form, volunteers MUST ALSO register on KEEN’s Portal and email sphillips@keenlosangeles.org and mention that you are part of the USC group. 

FAQs

Registration typically opens 3 weeks before each FND date, and closes on the Thursday before FND or when spots run out. Registration is strongly recommended, but we will accept some walk ins between 8:00-9:00am and place you at a site with available space!

 

Check out which sites are available by reading the project descriptions and sign up by clicking the registration form button found above.

 

Some volunteers will also be asked via an email to register directly with the nonprofit if required.

FND takes place on August 27, September 24, October 22, January 21, February 11, March 4, and April 1.

 

Most dates we will meet at Alumni Park or outside of SKS. Please check our website and your confirmation email for the meeting location. 

Registration is open to those affiliated with USC. This includes current undergraduate or graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

  1. The best time for RSOs to sign up for FND is at the beginning of each semester. We will post the RSO form on our newsletter and linktree on instagram. Your RSO can sign up any time during the semester if the RSO form is open, but later in the semester we may no longer be able to place your group members in only 1 project. 
  2. RSO's that signed up early will be contacted 4 weeks before FND, given a few days to select their top choices AND to register their members before to the form opens to all students. All participating members must complete the FND Registration Form.  
  3. Once FND registration is open to all, we can no longer guarantee spots at a specific project site to your RSO. It will be first come, first serve. 

  1. The Volunteer Center hosts small-scale one-time events called Trojans Serve. If your RSO wants to participate or co-sponsor a small event that does not take place on FND's dates, then Trojans Serve is your best alternative. Volunteer events for Trojans Serve can be scheduled for almost any day/time of the week depending on our staff's availability. Some limited funding is available. Please contact serveon@usc.edu and mention Trojans Serve in the subject. 
  2. If you have an event that you want us to advertise please submit the info on our Volunteer Opportunities Calendar. If we accept your submission, we will also share it on our newsletter.

We always provide breakfast snacks to grab on the go during check-in such as muffins, breakfast bars, fruit, and coffee!

 

Lunch is not always possible, though we will make an effort to provide lunch at most FND events, sometimes it's logistically too difficult. When lunch is included, this information will be on our flyers, webpage, and on the confirmation email sent a few days before FND. 

We offer various sites for FND throughout the Los Angeles community! For specific site information, click on a category and scroll through each site.

Yes, a general liability and image use waiver are required. Once you register a confirmation email is sent a few days before the FND event. A waiver is also required for a few community partners, the link will also be sent via email. Waivers must be completed before you check-in at FND on Saturday!  

Participants should expect to follow all rules and guidance set forth from the university, the City of Los Angeles, and nonprofit staff to be able to volunteer in service projects in person.  Some sites may require proof of COVID vaccine or recommend wearing face masks indoors. Those will be detailed in you confirmation email.  

We recommend you bring sunglasses, a refillable water bottle, hats/caps, put on sunscreen, and wear close toed shoes. Specific requirements for project sites will be sent to all registrants.

- Check out all USC Volunteer Center platforms https://linktr.ee/serveonusc 

- Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram.

- View our Volunteer Opportunities Calendar

- Reach out directly to nonprofits that you've enjoyed or that you are interested in to inquire about continuing opportunities.

- Search service-based recognized student organizations on engage and apply to become a member. 

- Visit Trojan Homelessness Response for USC-affiliated organizations working on homelessness in Los Angeles.

If a project site is missing, then it hasn't been confirmed or is unable to host volunteers this time.

 

If it states “0 remaining” on the drop-down list in the registration form, then that project site has reached full capacity, and we invite you to select an alternative site instead. 

Yes, please help support our Volunteer Center and Friends & Neighbors Day by giving to USC. If you are interested in donating, please visit our donation page and contact us serveon@usc.edu if you have further questions.  

Please reach out to serveon@usc.edu for any additional questions or concerns.