Volunteer Center

Friends & Neighbors Service Days

The Friends and Neighbors Service Days program is one of our most popular, and has been fostering partnerships between the University and the Los Angeles community. 

This program was born after the Rodney King/Los Angeles Riot in 1992 as a way to connect student volunteers with local service organizations and schools in meaningful ways. New and returning students are introduced to incredible volunteer opportunities available at agencies in the Los Angeles area.

Our goal is to inspire students, staff, and alumni with a passion for service and to encourage their sustained commitment to volunteer work throughout their time here at USC and beyond.  These one-day service events take place on Saturdays throughout the school year. During the 2013-2014 school year we sent over 700 students, faculty, staff, and alumni to over 40 organizations around the city to participate in agency-specific service projects.  We hope that you will consider participating in this fun and enriching day.

Typical project categories include:

  • Beautification
  • Community Gardening
  • Friendly Visiting
  • Hunger & Homelessness
  • Youth & Literacy
  • Animal Advocacy

Friends and Neighbors Service Days take place every August, October, November, January, February, and April of every academic year. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


Special Shout Out to the graduates from the Volunteer Center and Jumpstart..... You rock!


Please visit us again in August when our Friends and Neighbors Day and Alternative Breaks programs begin!