Since 1994, USC faculty and staff have been helping the communities around the university to thrive through the Good Neighbors Campaign. In all, they have donated more than $17.5-million to the fundraising effort, which takes place each October at both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. Contributions are distributed to USC Good Neighbors grants–previously Neighborhood Outreach (UNO)– and United Way. Nearly 550 grants totaling $17.5-million have been given to community organizations to enhance educational opportunities, promote good health and fitness, support economic development and USC hiring, and improve safety.
December 23, 2013
Grant proposals are due by 10:00 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
Two information sessions will be held:
Health Sciences Campus: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 10:00-11:00 am, Hastings Auditorium (HMR 100)
University Park Campus: Thursday, January 16, 2013, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Leavey Library Auditorium (LVL AUD)
RSVP to save reserve your seat at one of these workshops by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Go here to get more information.
October 30, 2013
By Sara Reeve
Question: Can USC staff and faculty members help to transform the food environment of East Los Angeles?
Answer: Yes, if they contribute to the USC Good Neighbors Campaign.
The Community Youth Health Education and Action Leaders (HEAL) program teaches youth in the Boyle Heights area about urban agriculture and healthy food choices. A partnership between the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Patient Education and Community Outreach Center and Proyecto Jardin Community Garden, HEAL received a new grant of $45,000 in June from USC Neighborhood Outreach (UNO), which is funded by the Good Neighbors Campaign.
“We’re not only teaching youth about urban agriculture and transforming land into a food source for the local communities, but also how to impact policies and demand access to fresh, healthy food in their communities [schools, local stores, homes and community agencies],” said Zul Surani, program manager for community outreach and partnerships at the Norris cancer center. “This approach impacts the whole community eventually by making healthier choices, easier choices.”
The program is recruiting 10 youth members and one peer youth crew supervisor to participate in a 12-week institute that teaches skills to help the participants lead the development of a sustainable community food system. Read more