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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Aging

Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana/Milton Adult Day Services

Focus: 
To provide therapeutic activities to adults who need supervision during the day, many of whom have Alzheimer's disease or dementia
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.
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
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.
Aging

Forever Learning Institute

Focus: 
Improving the quality and dignity of senior adult life through continuing intellectual challenge, spiritual reflection, and social interaction.
Legal Services and Advocacy

Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

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

Sisters of the Holy Cross

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

February 2023

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Signs of the Times | Justice Hope through Our Lens
Friday, February 3, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
10
Unlocked: "Why Attica Matters"
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 4:00pm
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Virtues and Vocations with Margaret Plews-Ogan: "Wisdom and Medicine"
Monday, February 13, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Lives Worth Taking? The Death Penalty in the US
Friday, February 17, 2023 - 4:00pm
20
Social Concerns Fair | Housing
Monday, February 20, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
24
Labor Café | The Guest Worker Question
Friday, February 24, 2023 - 5:00pm
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Application Deadline | Summer Labor Fellowships
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 12:00am to 11:45pm

March 2023

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Signs of the Times | Hope for Health Equity
Friday, March 3, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Social Concerns Fair | Healthcare and Disability
Monday, March 6, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
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Social Concerns Fair | Food Security
Monday, March 20, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
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2023 CST Conference: Justice Sown in Peace
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 7:00pm to Saturday, March 25, 2023 - 1:00pm
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Labor Café
Friday, March 31, 2023 - 5:00pm

April 2023

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Social Concerns Fair | Immigration and Human Rights
Monday, April 3, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm