Friends & Neighbors Day Registration Now Open!

January 18, 2019

Register now for Friends & Neighbors Day on January 26th, and stick around after for the first ever Volunteer Fair hosted by the Volunteer Center! One Alternative Break position still open!

Welcome back to another semester at USC – and a very warm welcome to our new Spring Admits!

If you’re interested in getting involved in service work this year, the Volunteer Center has lots of fantastic programs like our monthly Friends & Neighbors Day events and Alternative Breaks, and can connect you to service organizations all over Los Angeles. We’re here to help you make a difference for the causes you’re passionate about!

In addition to our regular Friends & Neighbors Day event, we are also hosting our first ever Volunteer Fair in Alumni Park on Saturday, January 26th from, 1-3pm! Stop by to learn how to get involved in service around campus – meet reps from service-oriented USC student organizations, hear from our nonprofit partners in LA, meet our Alternative Break trip leaders, and learn more about the Volunteer Center Interns!

Interested in tabling at the Volunteer Fair? Email us now at, and let us know how your student org works to serve the community!

To learn more about our programs and to find out how you can get involved, check out our program descriptions below and take a look at our website here!

Friends & Neighbors Day (FND) is one of the easiest ways to introduce yourself to service work at USC. One Saturday per month, we gather hundreds of USC students together on campus for a free breakfast in the morning, and then send them out in volunteer groups to nonprofits all over the Los Angeles area. Volunteers get to work on all different types of projects that benefit subjects like Beautification, Animal Advocacy, Youth & Education, Hunger & Poverty, and Community Gardening. Volunteers get to work with our community partners and learn about the challenges they face, and then come back to USC for a free volunteer lunch! FND is a great way to get connected to your new community and to meet fellow Trojans who are passionate about service!

Upcoming Friends & Neighbors Day Dates:
January 26, 2019
February 23, 2019Registration for the January FND is open NOW! Click the link below to register!
FND Registration Form!
Want to register your Recognized Student Org to volunteer together at FND? Click the button below to request a spot!
RSO Group Reservation Form!

The Alternative Breaks (AB) program cultivates a unique opportunity for students and staff/faculty advisors to engage in service learning and volunteerism in communities outside of the Los Angeles area. AB trips help participants make tangible connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they will encounter once they have jobs and experiences outside the university. In addition, these trips allow USC to create valuable, long-lasting relationships in the communities in which we work, and expose USC students to new cultures, ideas, and challenges.
Alternative Spring Break: Orcas Island has one more spot open! To apply you must be 21 years old or older, have a valid driver’s license, and be willing to drive an SUV during the trip.

We will be visiting beautiful Orcas Island, right off the coast of the state of Washington for the week of spring break, March 9th – 16th. While on the island, our service will consist of helping the park rangers with conservation projects on the trails of Moran State Park. In our free time, we will explore the island through hiking, kayaking, and visiting the local school, co-op, and hatcheries, and we will spend our last day in Seattle. The all inclusive cost of ASB Orcas Island is $800, and applications should be sent in ASAP. Click here to learn more!

Apply to ASB Orcas Island!

FND Leadership Council
Leadership Council members are volunteers selected to be Team Leaders on FND service projects, and play a big role in making FND better.  The Leadership Council also gives you valuable experience and leadership training for future positions with the Volunteer Center or other organizations. If you want to play a role in making FND an amazing experience, be sure to keep an eye out for our applications for the 2019-2020 academic year!
Volunteer Center Internship Programs
Volunteer Center Interns are volunteers selected based on their unique skills and experience to enhance FND by completing specific tasks and projects based on their individual positions. While the Leadership Council focuses more on the day of each FND, Volunteer Center Interns do more of the behind-the-scenes work. Though all positions are filled right now, applications for next year will be released towards the end of the semester! The Volunteer Center Internship Program consists of the following positions:
External Relations Intern
Internal Relations Intern
Graphic Design Intern
Marketing/Influence Intern
Special Events Intern

Looking for places to volunteer around LA? Take a look through these volunteer opportunities from some of our community partners!

he USC Food Pantry is a collaborative effort involving various campus partners spearheaded by both USC Student Governments (USG & GSG), USC Hospitality, and USC Campus Activities. The day-to-day operations are led by student volunteers and workers under the consultation and guidance of the St. Francis Center. If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry, click here to sign up for a training session and fill out your availability!

The Angel City Pit Bulls shelter works to create a better future for pit bulls through education, public advocacy, adoptions, and owner support. They have so many fantastic programs you can get involved in, whether you’d like to work at the shelters, drive dogs to and from foster homes and vet appointments, hike with them at Griffith Park on Saturday mornings, or even host a ‘doggy sleepover’ to give a dog a break from the kennel for a night! If you’re interested in working with Angel City Pit Bulls, check out their website for more information or their volunteer application to get to work!

The Westside German Shepherd Rescue located just off USC’s campus works to provide happy and healthy homes for german shepherds around LA. Volunteers with the shelter help with walking, bathing, fostering, or transporting dogs, as well as helping out with adoption events. If you are interested in volunteering with the shelter, email, or check out theirwebsite for more information!

Still looking for a place to volunteer? Check out the to see what’s going on around LA and how you can get involved!


Published on January 18th, 2019

Last updated on September 7th, 2022