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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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.
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.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

DePaul Academy

Focus: 
Dedicated to improving the lives of youth.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

El Campito, Inc. (Child Development)

Focus: 
To promote the educational, social, and economic success of culturally diverse children and families by providing high quality child care and parent programs to those most in need.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana

Focus: 
To build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Girls on the Run

Focus: 
To inspire 3rd–5th grade girls from all walks of life to be joyful, healthy and confident using an interactive curriculum that creatively integrates running.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Make a Wish Foundation

Focus: 
Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Ready to Grow St. Joe

Focus: 
To ensure that all children in St. Joseph County, birth to eight, have the foundation to thrive in school and in life, with efforts focused on Quality Early Learning, Health & Wellness and Family Support.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Focus: 
To take care of the families of hospitalized children.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Salvation Army/The Kroc Center

Focus: 
To serve as an unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment which houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts and supportive programs to deliver a world class experience.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

St. Joseph County Parks

Focus: 
To conserve and care for significant natural areas, and promote understanding and stewardship of our natural and cultural heritage through park programs and services for families and individuals.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Take Ten

Focus: 
To provide conflict resolution education curriculum that teaches youth and adults to respond to conflict non-violently.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

YMCA of Michiana

Focus: 
To provide outstanding services that encourage healthy lifestyles for everyone in the community, with particular focus on shaping the values of young people and families.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Youth Services Bureau of St. Joseph County, Inc.

Focus: 
To assist youth in crisis or at risk of homelessness, ages 12-22.
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October 2020

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Acoutsticafé | Justice in the World
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm
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Postgraduate Service: JVC Northwest Information Session
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

November 2020

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Higgins Labor Film Club: On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Engaged Learning Forum | Spanish CBL @ 10
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
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Labor Café Goes Virtual! November First Friday
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Higgins Labor Film Club: Bread and Roses (2000)
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 4:00pm
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CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 1)
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
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CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 2)
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December 2020

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Labor Café Goes Virtual! December First Friday
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm