Community Partners Directory

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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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Education

Clay High School

Focus: 
Clay High School is South Bend’s magnet high school for the arts. Located in an urban setting, the focus is to prepare the students for a successful transition to adult life.
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.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

DePaul Academy

Focus: 
Dedicated to improving the lives of youth.
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.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

El Campito, Inc. (Child Development)

Focus: 
To promote the educational, social, and economic success of culturally diverse children and families by providing high quality child care and parent programs to those most in need.
Health Care

Elkhart General Hospital Volunteer Services

Focus: 
To enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the communities we serve as the community's provider of outstanding quality, superior value, and comprehensive health care services
Education

enFocus

Focus: 
EnFocus works with their fellows to help local sponsors and create projects of their own, with the goal of retaining talented individuals in the community to better the community.
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.
Aging

Forever Learning Institute

Focus: 
Improving the quality and dignity of senior adult life through continuing intellectual challenge, spiritual reflection, and social interaction.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana

Focus: 
To build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Girls on the Run

Focus: 
To inspire 3rd–5th grade girls from all walks of life to be joyful, healthy and confident using an interactive curriculum that creatively integrates running.
Education

Good Shepherd Montessori School

Focus: 
To serve children ages 3–14 using the Montessori method, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and nature education; we form students to be good stewards of the Earth through weekly lessons and work on local farms as well as permaculture practices on our urban school-farm, and we become good community members by practicing peace and offering service to the poor and elderly.
Poverty

Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.

Focus: 
To provide jobs, training, and placement services for people with barriers to employment.
Health Care

Grace Hospice

Focus: 
To create hospice care that includes a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, aides, chaplains, and trained volunteers who work together focusing on the patient's needs.
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.
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October 2020

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Acoutsticafé | Justice in the World
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm
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Postgraduate Service: JVC Northwest Information Session
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November 2020

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Higgins Labor Film Club: On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Engaged Learning Forum | Spanish CBL @ 10
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
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Labor Café Goes Virtual! November First Friday
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Higgins Labor Film Club: Bread and Roses (2000)
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 4:00pm
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CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 1)
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
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CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 2)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

December 2020

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Labor Café Goes Virtual! December First Friday
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm