Community Partners Directory

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Connect with Local Community Partners

The Center for Social Concerns invites you to expand your learning and work into the neighborhoods of South Bend and beyond. Thousands of Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students take part in opportunities offered through the center and our many partners. Consider engaging with an organization in the directory below through a Community-Engaged Course, research project, or volunteer opportunity.

Community partners listed in this directory work with the center's Community-Engaged Learning Program Director to better understand the center's core principles for academic community engagement:

  • university/community courses, research projects, and volunteer opportunities are designed and delivered collaboratively to meet the needs of community partners as well as the learning goals of university members,

  • outcomes and deliverables from the collaboration are designed with community partners to advance their work and belong to them upon completion, and

  • the aim of such collaborations is social justice.

Seven of these partner sites host Community-Based Learning Coordinators (CBLC) who are part of a practitioners group on community-engaged research, teaching, and learning. CBLCs have significant experience partnering with individuals at Notre Dame and can help students and instructors find agencies to collaborate with in mutually beneficial ways.

Students, Faculty, and Staff: Get Started!

To start your community engagement, contact a CBLC or any of the organizations listed here to ask what they need and develop ways to collaborate together. Contact the Community-Engaged Learning Program Director (Dave Lassen, dlassen@nd.edu) if you have any questions.

Community Organizations: Apply to Partner with the Center for Social Concerns

If you are a community partner who would like to be considered a partner of the Center for Social Concerns and added to this directory, contact the Community-Engaged Learning Program Director (Dave Lassen, dlassen@nd.edu). Partners of the center must:

  • do work that aligns with the mission and values of the University and the Center for Social Concerns; 
  • provide ongoing evidence of compliance with risk mitigation and safety efforts for volunteers;
  • provide excellent orientation, placement, supervision, reflection, and assessment of volunteers;
  • communicate accurately and responsively with University partners and volunteers;
  • participate as they are able in events and activities that advance academic community engagement, such as the Social Concerns Fair.

We look forward to seeing the positive community impact that happens when we collaborate!

 
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Health Care

A Rosie Place

Focus: 
A Rosie Place provides respite for families & sleepovers for children who are medically fragile. The first (and only) licensed specialty hospital in the state of Indiana dedicated exclusively to serving children who are medically fragile, their nature-inspired home provides respite for families. A Rosie Place for Children is a home where caring and supportive people celebrate the gift of life, embrace human diversity, and empower families.
Aging

Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana/Milton Adult Day Services

Focus: 
To provide therapeutic activities to adults who need supervision during the day, many of whom have Alzheimer's disease or dementia
Disaster Relief

American Red Cross, St. Joseph County Chapter

Focus: 
To provide compassionate care to those in need, and to prevent and relieve suffering locally and globally through five key service areas of disaster relief, health and safety services, international services, support to military families, and biomedical services.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Ark Angels, Inc.

Focus: 
To illuminate inherent youth value (societally blinded by neglect and underexposure) and use the light of heroic human capital investment to restore great possibility thinking and inspire transformation.
Food and Sustainability

Bertrand Farm, Inc.

Focus: 
To connect people to local food production in order to promote sustainable agriculture, health, and earth stewardship.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County

Focus: 
To offer one-on-one mentoring for school-aged children in St. Joseph County
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Boy Scouts of America, Lasalle Council

Focus: 
To engage youth in educational activities that prepare them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Law and Scout Oath.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To provide holistic, high-quality, co-educational programming in after-school settings throughout the community which support youth in realizing their potential.
Poverty

Bridges Out of Poverty

Focus: 
To work across sectors, political parties, and economic classes in order to create and implement community solutions to help end poverty and build sustainability
Education

Camp Mariposa

Focus: 
Camp Mariposa® is a free addiction prevention and mentoring program that combines traditional camp fun with education and support exercises led by mental health professionals and trained mentors. Camp Mariposa is part of Eluna’s national Camp Mariposa program.
Legal Services and Advocacy

Casa Program of St. Joseph County

Focus: 
To recruit, screen, train, supervise, and support volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children who are wards of the Department of Child Services in St. Joseph County.
Poverty

Catholic Charities

Focus: 
To serve those in need as Christ would have us do. Our vision is to eradicate poverty and strengthen families to help create Generation Zero, the first generation free of poverty.
Housing and Homelessness

Catholic Worker House

Focus: 
To practice the "works of mercy" by offering hospitality (overnight shelter and dinner 6:30 p.m. nightly) to folks who find themselves on the street in South Bend.
Criminal Justice

Center for Community Justice

Focus: 
We build safer communities by providing pathways to healing for those in need.
Health Care

Center for Hospice Care

Focus: 
To improve the quality of life both for persons facing the end of their lives and their families
Housing and Homelessness

Center for the Homeless — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To offer life-changing services and programs for 200 men, women, children, and military veterans as they work to break the cycle of homelessness.
Disability Programs

Chiara Home, Inc.

Focus: 
To support families and caregivers by providing out-of-home respite care for individuals with medical and special needs.
Disability Programs

Children’s Dispensary, Inc. (A Place To Be Me)

Focus: 
Children's Dispensary provides a safe and nurturing environment for young people with developmental, physical, and cognitive disabilities where they can enhance their social interactions, learn important life skills, and enjoy new experiences.
Poverty

Christ Child Society

Focus: 
To offer, in the love and spirit of the Christ Child, personal service and clothing to all children and infants in need.
Education

City of South Bend

Focus: 
To deliver services which empower everyone to thrive.
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August 2020

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Application Deadline | Fall 2020 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (All day)