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. Register to volunteer virtually on our upcoming Friends & Neighbors Day by clicking the button below. Our goal is to inspire students, staff, and alumni to continue their passion for community service during their time here at USC and beyond. Participate in an event to make an impact in your surrounding community! We hope that you have a great time at FND!
Read the project descriptions for our next FND below. Descriptions may be updated throughout the month as we prepare for FND! After registering, volunteers receive a confirmation email 2-4 days before FND with details about their placement, instructions, and webinar link/time if applicable. Times vary for different projects so please read your confirmation email.
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COVID UPDATE: We will host both in person and virtual service events in 2021-2022. 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. 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 preference.
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Friends & Neighbors Day Project Descriptions
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Estimated times listed below are when the project is occurring. Your check in time at Alumni Park will be earlier. Please check your confirmation email, which will be sent this week.
Hunger – VIRTUAL
- LA Works – Virtual Project (10:00am-12:00pm)
Food Oasis is a website created by Hack for LA that aims to make it easy for people to both access and donate food, closing the food redistribution loop. Help the hungry find food by calling, emailing, and researching food pantries and soup kitchens for Food Oasis. This virtual volunteer opportunity occurs via Zoom. It starts off with a training where you’ll learn about food insecurity and also how to gather the needed information. After that, you’ll all spend an hour doing independent research.
*Unfortunately the Jumpstart virtual project is not available this month.
- Santa Monica Beach Cleanup – In Person Off Campus Project (9:30am-12:30pm)
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 – In Person Off Campus Project (9:30am-11:30am or 11:30am-1:30pm)
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.
Health & Wellness
- USC Staff Appreciation – In Person On Campus Project (10:00am-12:00pm)
Since the onset of the pandemic, USC staff and faculty have been under intense pressure to transition to-and-from an online learning environment. To show our gratitude and appreciation for our professors and support staff, we will be writing appreciation notes and putting together care packages for these under-recognized groups at USC.
- USC VaccinateLA with Kedren Health – In Person Off Campus Project (9:00am-12:00pm)
USC is currently running an LA-wide COVID-19 vaccination campaign called VaccinateLA. We are partnering up with Kedren Health Center for upcoming vaccination events at schools, churches and other community centers and we need volunteers. This weekend volunteers will do outreach a community event at Ted Watkins Memorial Park.
Homelessness & Poverty
- Hygiene Kits – In Person On Campus Project (10:30-12:00pm)
To support our local nonprofits’ efforts to provide for the homeless and/or low income community, volunteers will create hygiene kits for patrons of our local shelters or hospitals. These kits will be delivered to their facility after the service event is concluded.
Group Volunteering Opportunities
Looking for a service opportunity for your student of staff group? Recognized Student Organizations and USC departments/offices can request to bond and give back through our upcoming Friends and Neighbors Day 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 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!
Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend this event in person may contact Judy Sandoval at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.