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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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
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.
Education

City of South Bend

Focus: 
To deliver services which empower everyone to thrive.
Education

Clay High School

Focus: 
Clay High School is South Bend’s magnet high school for the arts. Located in an urban setting, the focus is to prepare the students for a successful transition to adult life.
Education

enFocus

Focus: 
EnFocus works with their fellows to help local sponsors and create projects of their own, with the goal of retaining talented individuals in the community to better the community.
Aging

Forever Learning Institute

Focus: 
Improving the quality and dignity of senior adult life through continuing intellectual challenge, spiritual reflection, and social interaction.
Education

Good Shepherd Montessori School

Focus: 
To serve children ages 3–14 using the Montessori method, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and nature education; we form students to be good stewards of the Earth through weekly lessons and work on local farms as well as permaculture practices on our urban school-farm, and we become good community members by practicing peace and offering service to the poor and elderly.
Education

Holy Cross School

Focus: 
Holy Cross School is a place where faith could be taught, nurtured, and practiced freely.
Education

La Casa De Amistad, Inc. — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural, and advocacy services in a welcoming, bilingual environment.
Education

Notre Dame Upward Bound

Focus: 
To serve and be an advocate for first-generation and low-income high school students from the South Bend community and to help them successfully graduate from high school, enroll in and graduate from a post -secondary institution.
Education

Pet Refuge

Focus: 
To find placements of unwanted and abandoned pets into responsible permanent homes. Pet Refuge sees to the needs of ALL the animals in our facility as they await their forever homes.
Education

Potawatomi Zoo

Focus: 
To protect and help save animals that can no longer live on their own in the wild, and to participate in conservation efforts to save threatened species
Aging

Real Services, Inc.

Focus: 
To assist in establishing a community in which those we serve can maintain their independence to the maximum degree possible and find meaning and satisfaction throughout their lives.
Education

Robinson Community Learning Center — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To facilitate community and Notre Dame partnerships and to strengthen the Northeast Neighborhood of South Bend through relationship building and educational opportunities.
Aging

Sanctuary Holy Cross

Focus: 
To care for the mind, body, and spirit of those entrusted to our care as they age and are unable to remain in their homes.
Aging

Sant’Egidio Community

Focus: 
To gather regularly for common prayer and befriend the urban poor where they live, especially those who are elderly, homeless, immigrants, prisoners, or sick.
Aging

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Focus: 
To give and share educational, spiritual, and social experiences with our retired population.
Education

South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) - Adult Education Department

Focus: 
To strengthen the community by inspiring life-long learning and career advancement.
Education

South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) - Bilingual Services Department

Focus: 
To provide instructional and support services to Grades pre-K - 12 English Language Learners, immigrant, migrant, and refugee students.
Education

South Bend Education Foundation

Focus: 
To advocate, promote and fund initiatives to enrich learning experiences for students and staff of the SBCSC
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August 2020

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