Community Partners Directory

Additional Resources

Student Action Groups

Community-Engaged Learning Coordinators

Social Concerns Fair

Community Engagement Awards

COVID-19 UPDATE: The current Coronavirus outbreak has ongoing, direct consequences for both the operations and needs of many community organizations. In accordance with public health guidelines, most organizations are no longer able to accept on-site volunteers and many are unable to accommodate remote collaboration. Learn more

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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Food and Sustainability

Bertrand Farm, Inc.

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

Center for the Homeless — CELC 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.
Disabilities

Clubhouse of Saint Joseph County

Focus: 
The Clubhouse is a supportive community for people whose lives have been interrupted by mental illness. We provide opportunities for employment education and wellness. .
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.
Criminal Justice

Dismas House of South Bend

Focus: 
To bring students and volunteers together with individuals returning from incarceration to help them successfully reenter the community as contributing members.
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.
Housing and Homelessness

Hope Ministries

Focus: 
To support men, women, and children who are homeless through a variety of Christ-centered programs and services.
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.
Housing and Homelessness

Life Treatment Centers, Inc.

Focus: 
To strengthen our community by positively impacting the lives of men and women afflicted with various forms of addiction.
Housing and Homelessness

Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc.

Focus: 
To work in the near northwest neighborhood of South Bend to ensure the lasting success of our community by providing affordable housing, organizing and empowering neighbors, and promoting our neighborhood and neighborhood needs within the wider community.
Criminal Justice

Nexus House

Focus: 
To provide a transitional housing program for men re-entering society after incarceration.
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.
Disabilities

Share Foundation

Focus: 
To serve the residential, vocational, and social needs of other-abled adults.
Criminal Justice

South Bend Community Re-Entry Center

Focus: 
To provide re-entry services to offenders being released throughout Indiana. The Center has both a Work Release Program and Level 1 Program component for offenders with two years or fewer to serve.
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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Upcoming Events

August 2021

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Engaged Learning Forum | "Back to Normal" and Continuing to Grow
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
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Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00pm
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Meet Me at the CSC!
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 4:00pm
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Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 4:00pm

September 2021

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Application Open | ISSLP 2022
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
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Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Application Close | Community Impact Grants
Monday, September 13, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
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Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

October 2021

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Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 4, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm