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
Food and Sustainability

Bertrand Farm, Inc.

Focus: 
To connect people to local food production in order to promote sustainable agriculture, health, and earth stewardship.
Food and Sustainability

Common Goods Co-Operative Grocery

Focus: 
To work together to make healthy food available at affordable prices in our local community; to source the food and other goods as locally as possible; and to educate members about the benefits of good nutrition and the practices of healthy, ecological eating and environmental responsibility.
Aging

Forever Learning Institute

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

Green Bridge Growers

Focus: 
To produce fresh, healthy food using sustainable agricultural innovations such as aquaponics, while providing training and employment to under-resourced young adults on the autism spectrum who have aged out of available services and confront a 90% unemployment rate.
Food and Sustainability

Kankakee Wetlands Organic Gardens

Focus: 
To nurture a neighborhood where we value, care and respect our 16,000 year old soil and each other.
Food and Sustainability

Prairie Winds Nature Farm

Focus: 
To provide nature and farm education, with an emphasis on sustainability, by hosting farm visits and day camps for youth.
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.
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.
Food and Sustainability

Unity Gardens

Focus: 
Unity Gardens is a uniquely dignified free food model that supports over 40 open gardens, free gardening classes, and summer wellness programs like Garden Camp, chef potluck picnics, and more through a seven-acre urban ecosystem.
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August 2020

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