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Working with our neighbors to build a strong community

Cultivating Community in Downtown Los Angeles

by Jacqueline Mazarella In March 2020, Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo asked Jose Ruiz, MSW ’17, if he could upscale his community garden to provide 300 Emergency Grab-n-Go food bags each week to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Ruiz had... Read more

St. Agnes Catholic Church, with USC help, distributes hope to residents of South L.A.

When the coronavirus hit, neighbors’ need for food donations grew dramatically. So has St. Agnes’ distribution program, which now helps hundreds of families each week. The Rev. Luis Espinoza and St. Agnes Catholic Church have been helping fight food insecurity… Read more

USC staff members help deliver critical COVID-19 supplies to neighbors in need

The university has partnered with 53 community organizations to distribute more than 7,500 kits full of face masks, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer to local residents. The need for personal protective equipment in the communities surrounding both USC campuses has… Read more

USC community fund distributes critical resources to neighbors in need

More than $81,000 has been awarded to community programs that support local families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its Community Outreach Fund, USC has awarded more than $81,000 to programs assisting families in local neighborhoods who’ve been impacted by… Read more

USC blood drive collects enough donations to save hundreds of lives

With safety measures in place to protect against COVID-19, the USC Heroes United campaign collected a goal-surpassing 192 units of blood over two days. The American Red Cross has made it clear: The blood supply in Los Angeles and across the… Read more