USC Hillel Repairs the World

USC Hillel inspires and provides students with opportunities to live out their commitment to social justice and community service through ongoing and special events that serve our local community, the greater Los Angeles area, and communities in need around the world. Key partnerships with local and national organizations engage students in the ongoing work of tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Contact Emily Joachim if you would like to be part of these meaningful events.

180 Acts of Service

180 Acts of Service is an initiative designed to encourage acts of community service during this time of need. USC Hillel will help fund community service projects to alleviate the financial burden of costs that may arise, such as an uber to a food bank. Each time you create a service event, you’ll be entered into a $10 visa gift card raffle at the end of the month AND a $100 visa gift card raffle at the end of the semester. (You must create an event on Hillel Without Walls to be entered into the raffle, unless otherwise specified). 

How To Get Started

Step 1:

Visit https://www.uschillel.org/host-at-home to learn how to create an account and an event on the Hillel Without Walls Platform. 

 

Step 2:

Pick your service event! Check out the list below for recommended opportunities or find your own. 

 

Step 3:

Create an event on Hillel Without Walls to identify the service work you will be participating in, whether that be individual or with a group - following local community guidelines. Set your goal as making a positive impact on the world. Under Type and Subtype choose Tzedek and Service & Engagement. For event details, specify what you’ll be doing for your act of service and request funding if needed (i.e. blanket making supplies or uber funds etc). 

Creating an event helps us track the service you do, provide funding if needed, and reserve your spot in the raffle! 

Recommended Service Opportunities: 

 

  • COVID Community Care (Remote/In Person)

    • Volunteer with COVID Community Care, centralized in California, to babysit or go on grocery runs for health care workers. You can also volunteer to be a remote tutor if you’re searching for virtual opportunities! 

    • https://www.covidcommunitycare.org/

  • Feeding America (In Person)

    • With rising food insecurity across the country, Feeding America needs volunteers to help distribute meals at their food banks. Feeding America likely has a food bank to volunteer at near you, wherever you are in the U.S.! 

    • https://www.feedingamerica.org/

  • Smithsonian Digital Transcription (Remote)

    • The Smithsonian needs your help to increase accessibility of written documents. Volunteer from home to turn written documents into digital text!

    • https://transcription.si.edu/

  • Painted Turtle (Remote)  - Hillel Without Walls Not Required

    • Order your turtle kit to make a turtle plushie for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. These handmade unique plushies go to campers at the Painted Turtle to keep forever! We’ll have a Turtle making party on March 11th at 5:30 pm PST. Turtle kits will be available for pickup on March 5th, and we'll be mailing them that week as well. 

    • https://tinyurl.com/PaintedTurtleKit

  • My Friends Place - Youth Homelessness (Remote)

    • My Friend’s Place provides essential services to youth experiencing homelessness. Visit the link below for a list of virtual volunteer opportunities through My Friend’s Place! 

    • https://www.myfriendsplace.org/volunteer/

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Challah For Hunger

Challah for Hunger brings people together to raise money and awareness for social justice – through challah bread. One of over forty chapters on college campuses throughout the U.S. and beyond, USC Challah for Hunger hopes to engage young people in community, tradition, hands-on baking, activism, and philanthropy. All proceeds support humanitarian organizations, such as Jewish World Watch. Pre-order your challahs here!

For more information about Challah for Hunger, please contact Carolyn Levi, Challah for Hunger’s Student President: Clara Miller.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Hillel’s Tzedek committee will be developing ongoing and meaningful volunteer opportunities for Trojan students throughout the year. Whether we will feed the homeless, clean up our coast lines, visit sick children, or plant a sustainable garden, this is a wonderful opportunity for students to live out the values of justice, compassion, and caring for those in need.

Contact Emily Joachim if you would like to be part of these meaningful events.