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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Disaster Relief

American Red Cross, St. Joseph County Chapter

Focus: 
To provide compassionate care to those in need, and to prevent and relieve suffering locally and globally through five key service areas of disaster relief, health and safety services, international services, support to military families, and biomedical services.
Food and Sustainability

Bertrand Farm, Inc.

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

Casa Program of St. Joseph County

Focus: 
To recruit, screen, train, supervise, and support volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children who are wards of the Department of Child Services in St. Joseph County.
Poverty

Catholic Charities

Focus: 
To serve those in need as Christ would have us do. Our vision is to eradicate poverty and strengthen families to help create Generation Zero, the first generation free of poverty.
Criminal Justice

Center for Community Justice

Focus: 
We build safer communities by providing pathways to healing for those in need.
Poverty

Christ Child Society

Focus: 
To offer, in the love and spirit of the Christ Child, personal service and clothing to all children and infants in need.
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.
Legal Services and Advocacy

Faith in Indiana

Focus: 
An opportunity for all. Faith in Indiana is a catalyst for marginalized peoples and faith communities to act collectively for racial and economic equity in Indiana
Domestic Violence

Family Justice Center

Focus: 
To provide crisis intervention, support, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Hunger Issues

Food Bank of Northern Indiana

Focus: 
To work in partnership with the community to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger, and to lead programs to alleviate hunger.
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.
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.
Criminal Justice

Nexus House

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

St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Joseph County

Focus: 
To offer food, clothing, and household necessities as well as emotional, spiritual, and financial support through one-on-one interactions with those who are less fortunate and living in poverty.
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Upcoming Events

December 2021

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Engaged Learning Forum | Living Self-Healing Communities
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:45am
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Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
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Labor Café First Friday | Labor and Community Development
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 4:00pm
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Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
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January 2022

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Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Monday, January 10, 2022 - 4:00pm
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Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 4:00pm
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Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
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