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. Register to volunteer on our upcoming Friends & Neighbors Day by clicking the button below.
Registration for a specific project may close a few days before that FND date to give our staff time to assign volunteers to project sites. Read the project descriptions for our next FND below. Please Note: Descriptions may be updated throughout the month as we prepare for FND!
Friends & Neighbors Days Virtual Project Descriptions
Youth & Education
- Reading 2 Kids – Saturday, September 12 (@ Home Project)
Bring the joy of reading to the kids while everyone is staying safe at home – create and share your own read-aloud videos that end with a craft! Reading 2 Kids is especially looking for videos of 4th and 5th grade “chapter books”. You only need to read aloud the first 40 pages or so. After you sign up for this activity, your will receive an email with more details and tips for making your video. Your video would later be added to the Reading 2 Kids website.
- East Los Angeles Community Youth Center – Wednesday, September 16, 12:30pm PST or 5:00pm PST (Zoom Training, then @ Home Project)
After participating in the Zoom webinar USC volunteers will be given a project to work on their own: they will have 1 week to record themselves acting out a fun STEAM activity/lab for members of the youth center. The most important requirement is for all volunteers is to have a passion for any of the categories with STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math. The activity should be approx 30 minutes and we will provide the lesson options. Volunteers can record themselves at their convenience throughout the following week based on the STEAM activities chosen, then the center will be editing and uploading the activity video you send on a website for their youth.
Friendly Virtual Visiting
- LA Works – Saturday, September 12, 2:00 Pacific Time (Zoom Training then @ Home Project)
Volunteers will make wellness check in calls for seniors in Los Angeles to help inform them of resources available to prevent food insecurity and housing insecurity. Instructions will be given through email after volunteers sign up, as well as via the Zoom meeting on Saturday. Volunteers will then set up an account with City Council Member Ryu’s Office phone bank and will make phone calls independently for 2 hours sometime on Saturday after the training to seniors in Council District 4 informing them of Renter’s Rights and other resources.
Student Group Policy
Looking for a service opportunity for your student group? Recognized Student Organizations can request to be a part of our upcoming Friends and Neighbors Day event! 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 on or before September 6th at 11:59 pm. 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.
Note: We will update this information with project summaries for our upcoming Friends & Neighbors Day throughout the month before each event!