The USC Helenes is the oldest women's service organization at USC. In 1921, Arabella De Oliviera established the USC Helenes under its original name, the Amazons. In 1969, the Amazons changed their name to "the USC Helenes" in order to keep with the Trojan theme of the University. The name was inspired by the iconic Helen of Troy.
USC Helenes is a sisterhood of passionate and compassionate women who are driven to make a change. We aim to set an example of kindness, positivity, and poise, on and off the university campus, by serving our school and various non-profit organizations in Los Angeles. Although our members come from diverse backgrounds, majors, and interests, we are united by our school spirit and our desire to give back to our community through hands-on projects such as walking dogs with Fur Baby Rescue, preparing food at the Downtown Women’s Center, and mentoring at 32nd Street School.