More than 50 community groups have cause to celebrate, as the USC Good Neighbors team has announced the latest recipients for the annual grant program.
USC Good Neighbors provides funding for a variety of groups that strive to enhance educational opportunities, promote health and fitness, enhance public safety and support economic development in the communities around the Health Sciences and University Park campuses.
“We are excited to support the good work these programs are accomplishing in the communities around both of our campuses,” said Carolina Castillo, EdD, Good Neighbors Campaign director and executive director of development with USC Civic Engagement. “This is just one of the ways USC continues to be a good neighbor and collaborates with organizations that are addressing vital needs within our communities.”
Local nonprofit organizations are united with university faculty and staff to administer educational and healthy activities for families, offer community support groups and develop other programs with a positive impact in the neighborhood. This year’s funded programs on the Health Sciences Campus include the Med-COR program, USC PT Fit Families and the Fuente Initiative.
The programs are funded through the university’s Good Neighbors Campaign, USC’s annual employee-giving initiative organized by Civic Engagement. The campaign, held in October, sets an annual fundraising goal to support these university-community partnership programs.
Begun in 1994, the USC Good Neighbors Campaign encourages USC faculty and staff to contribute a portion of their paychecks to support programs that help strengthen local communities. Students, alumni and friends also can participate. To date, the campaign has raised more than $20 million to support 740 community partnership programs.
For more information or to give online, visit goodneighbors.usc.edu.