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, some organizations are still not able to accept on-site volunteers and some are unable to accommodate remote collaboration. Please reach out to an organization directly to learn more. 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-Engaged Learning Coordinators (CELC) who are part of a practitioners group on community-engaged research, teaching, and learning. CELCs 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 CELC 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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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.
Poverty

Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.

Focus: 
To provide jobs, training, and placement services for people with barriers to employment.
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.
Disability Programs

Hannah and Friends

Focus: 
To improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs.
Education

Holy Cross School

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

Hope Ministries

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

Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Focus: 
To offer low-income people legal services in certain civil cases.
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.
Education

La Casa De Amistad, Inc. — CELC SITE

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

Logan Center — CELC SITE

Focus: 
To support people with disabilities in achieving their desired quality of life.
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.
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.
Hunger Issues

Our Lady of the Road (An Apostolate of the Catholic Worker Community)

Focus: 
To practice "works of mercy" through offering breakfast, laundry, and shower facilities to people on the streets of South Bend, with particular emphasis on rebuilding relationships in the South Bend community across divisions of race, class, and gender. Also home to Common Goods Co-Operative Grocery (CGCG), which seeks to build relationships between local growers and urban residents to make healthy food available at affordable prices to everyone, but especially low-income residents in our area.
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
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.
Disability Programs

Reins of Life, Inc.

Focus: 
To provide equine-assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with special needs.
Education

Robinson Community Learning Center — CELC SITE

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