Each year, USC students make an impact together through Friends & Neighbors Day projects at community organizations throughout Los Angeles. FND gives students an opportunity to give back through a variety of service projects, and to meet new friends with similar interests. Register to volunteer for Friends & Neighbors Day by clicking the button below. If registration has closed, you may come to FND as a walk-in at 8:30 am and we will try to match you with one of the project sites that has space available.
Registration for November 11th will be available starting October 23rd! Below are the project descriptions for our November community partners.
Friends & Neighbors Day Project Descriptions
Hunger & Poverty
- LA Food Bank – Help sort, organize, and shelve grocery and produce items donated to the organization. Make a difference in the lives of others by completing hands-on projects and organizing donations that are then distributed to those in need.
- LA Kitchen – L.A. Kitchen believes that neither food nor people should ever go to waste. Register to volunteer to take donated fruits and vegetables and make them into nutritious, wholesome snacks and meals, and which are delivered to our charitable partners the next day for maximum freshness and nutritional value.
- World Harvest Food Bank – Help World Harvest Food bank provide support to community members by sorting food donations, stocking shelves, and preparing food baskets to distribute to those in need.
Youth & Education
- Blazers –USC Volunteers will share their college and life experiences with Blazers students and parents. Help Blazers build different workshops for the future and mentor their participants and families on college readiness and college life experiences.
- Jumpstart – Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all. Volunteer with this organization to create and organize preschool materials for children to use both in the classroom and at home.
- Ability First – Ability First supports people with developmental disabilities and their families, by creating a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued. Help beautify their facility by planting flowers and plants and polishing picnic tables and chairs, in order to create a comforting and pleasing environment!
- Community Services Unlimited – Help Community Services Unlimited increase produce production by planting, harvesting, and weeding, all while learning about food systems in their mini-urban garden in Exposition Park!
- Natural History Museum – Join the Natural History Museum for a day of service in the museum’s Nature Gardens. Get your hands dirty as you help their gardeners with projects like mulching, pruning, and composting. They provide the tools; you provide the energy!
- Belmont High School – Volunteer with Belmont High School’s beautification event and help clean, decorate, garden, and sweep their campus to provide a warm and welcoming environment to their students and staff!
- Kitty Bungalow – FULL
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 October 31st at 5:00 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: The group request form is now closed for November’s Friends & Neighbors Day. Our next event will be in the Spring 2018 semester!
Note: We will update this information with project summaries for our upcoming Friends & Neighbors Day one month before each event!