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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disabilities

Share Foundation

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

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Focus: 
To give and share educational, spiritual, and social experiences with our retired population.
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.
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

Transformation Ministries

Focus: 
We seek to transform the hearts and minds of youth and their families while connecting others to the city in a positive way.
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.
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.
Domestic Violence

YWCA North Central Indiana

Focus: 
To assist women and children who are victims of domestic violence achieve self-sufficiency, and to advocate for change within the community to eliminate racism and sexism.
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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
03
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
07
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 4:00pm
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Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm

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
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 4:00pm