Community Partners Directory

Additional Resources

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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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.
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.
Disability Programs

Chiara Home, Inc.

Focus: 
To support families and caregivers by providing out-of-home respite care for individuals with medical and special needs.
Disability Programs

Children’s Dispensary, Inc. (A Place To Be Me)

Focus: 
Children's Dispensary provides a safe and nurturing environment for young people with developmental, physical, and cognitive disabilities where they can enhance their social interactions, learn important life skills, and enjoy new experiences.
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.
Disability Programs

Corvilla, Inc.

Focus: 
To provide homes, employment services, and educational and training programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties.
Domestic Violence

Family Justice Center

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

Share Foundation

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