Register for Friends & Neighbors Day

 

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Volunteers repainting classrooms at 93rd St. School

 

The Friends & Neighbors Day program (FND) was born after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots as a way to connect student volunteers with local service organizations in meaningful ways. Students are introduced to incredible volunteer opportunities at various nonprofits throughout the Los Angeles area.  USC students can make an impact through Friends & Neighbors Day service projects at organizations throughout Los Angeles and beyond. FND gives students an opportunity to give back and to meet fellow students or community members with similar interests. Our goal is to inspire students, staff, and alumni to continue their passion for community service during their time here at USC and beyond.

Read the project descriptions for our next FND below. Descriptions may be updated as we prepare for FND! After registering, volunteers receive a confirmation email 1-3 days before FND with details about their placement, instructions, and meeting location or webinar link. Times and locations vary for different projects so please read your confirmation email. 

COVID UPDATE: Students should expect to follow all rules and guidance set forth from the university and nonprofit staff to be able to participate in service projects including passing Trojan Check and wearing a mask unless our staff allow you to remove it. We will also share in person and virtual volunteering opportunities on our newsletter to support more nonprofits and so Trojans may participate no matter what their location.

     Fall Dates         

  • August 28
  • September 18
  • October 23
  • November 6

     Spring Dates     

  • January 22
  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April 2

FND Registration Link


Friends & Neighbors Day Partners 2021-2022

Friends & Neighbors Day has finished for this academic year, but if you still want to get involved this summer feel free to reach out directly to our partners. 

These are organizations that have partnered with us consistently for Friends & Neighbors Day. These nonprofits may offer short-term or long-term volunteer opportunities. Please contact the organizations directly for more information.

AfricActive tackling for food insecurity and offering free resources and services to communities
🕒 11 am – 2 pm Saturdays
📍5036 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
📞(714) 299-1042 📩info@africactive.com  

Cards for a Cause Create encouraging homemade cards for disheartened, hospitalized and/or seriously ill children.
🕒 flexible hours
📍3254 W Rockport Park Dr, Janesville, WI 53548
📩info@cardsforacause.org 

Community Services Unlimited– help increase produce production by planting, harvesting, and weeding
🕒 Tuesday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
📍3990 Bill Robertson Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90037
📞 (213) 746-1216 📩csu@csuinc.org

California Hospitalproviding care to the residents of Los Angeles
 🕒 flexible hours
📍1401 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA, 90015
📩contact form

Habitat for Humanity build, rehabilitate, and repair safe and affordable homes
 🕒 flexible hours
📍1071 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019
📩info@habitatla.org 

Jumpstart – help create resources and activities that the kids they serve can use in their classrooms and homes
🕒 commitment required, 4+ hours/week in the classroom
📍1625 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite 1050, Los Angeles, CA 90015
📞(310) 357-0167 📩dolores.lukban@jstart.org 

Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats – help manage feral cats births by providing free spay and neuters and socialize them and get them ready for adoption.
🕒 flexible hours, visit website to fill out application
📍2032 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90062
📞(565) 641-5675 📩alma@kittybungalow.org  

LA Works Los Angeles’ Premier Volunteer Action center working with tens of thousands volunteers and organizations
🕒 hours vary depending on project
📍LA Works Website
📞(323) 224-6510 📩info@laworks.com 

USC LGBT Resource Center provides support, education, advocacy, and community, welcome to all students across the gender and sexual identity spectra
🕒 flexible hours
📍3601 Trousdale Parkway, Student Union 415, Los Angeles CA 90089
📞(213) 740-7619 📩lgbtqplus@usc.edu 

Los Angeles Neighborhood Trust help care for green spaces and Los Angeles parks
🕒 flexible hours
📍1689 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
📞 (213) 572-0188 📩contact form 

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank help sort, inspect, and repackage donated food items from local food drives.
🕒 flexible hours, visit website to register before volunteering
📍1734 E 41st St, Los Angeles, CA 90058
📞323-234-3030 📩 jmcilvain@lafoodbank.org  

Madhatter Knits Club recognized student organization that supplies knit hats for premature infants in NICU & empowering pregnant women.
🕒 flexible hours
📩volunteer@madhatterknits.org 

Midnight Mission providing shelter and services to the Los Angeles homeless community 🕒 flexible hours
📍601 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles 90014
📞(213) 533-2359 📩contact form

Ultimate Restoration Unlimited manages community service projects for South LA neighborhoods, increasing civic engagement and reporting neighborhood issues
🕒 flexible hours
📍2820 S. Vermont Ave Suite 24, Los Angeles CA 90007
📞(323) 641-0277 📩ultresunltd@aol.com


Group Volunteering Opportunities

Looking for a service opportunity for your student of staff group during the academic year? Recognized Student Organizations and USC departments/offices can request to bond and give back through our Friends and Neighbors Day or Trojans Serve events! Group members can volunteer together on a service project on a first come, first serve basis. Submit a request for your RSO to participate this upcoming Friends & Neighbors Day through our  Group Request Form. If the form is closed our spaces for groups is closed for now. If space is available, we will assign you to one of the sites you’ve indicated that has the capacity for your group, and email you with details. Once approved, your members can register by clicking the red button above to be assigned to your group’s volunteer site.

Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend this event in person may contact Judy Sandoval at judithsa@usc.edu or 213-740-4662.  It is requested that individuals requiring accommodations or auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify us at least 7 days prior to the event.  Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

 

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