Community Partners Directory

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

Taking Education Beyond the Walls of the Classroom

The Center for Social Concerns invites you to expand the boundaries of your classroom into the neighborhoods of South Bend and beyond. 

Thousands of students have taken part in the opportunities offered through the Center and our many partners. Consider taking a Community-Engaged Course that connects you with the organizations in the directory below.

The center works with Community-Based Learning Coordinators (CBLC) in seven of the organizations listed. CBLCs are available to help students find placements in their agencies that meet both the needs of the community-based organization and the student. 

 
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

June 2020

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Engaged Learning Forum | Technology Open House
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Engaged Learning Forum | Hosting Effective Webinars
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Engaged Learning Forum | Creating and Sustaining Communities Online
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

August 2020

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Information Session | Fall 2020 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 4:00pm