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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Women's Issues

Hannah’s House

Focus: 
We empower pregnant women, facing homelessness to begin a process of transformation.
Health Care

Healthwin Specialized Care

Focus: 
To enhance, through volunteers, the quality of life of those residents they serve through their music, laughter, and friendships.
Education

Holy Cross School

Focus: 
Holy Cross School is a place where faith could be taught, nurtured, and practiced freely.
Housing and Homelessness

Hope Ministries

Focus: 
To support men, women, and children who are homeless through a variety of Christ-centered programs and services.
Health Care

Imani Unidad — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To infuse social justice into behavioral health by providing prevention, education, and advocacy.
Legal Services and Advocacy

Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

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

La Casa De Amistad, Inc. — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural, and advocacy services in a welcoming, bilingual environment.
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 — CBLC SITE

Focus: 
To support people with disabilities in achieving their desired quality of life.
Children / Youth / Teen Programs

Make a Wish Foundation

Focus: 
Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
Health Care

Memorial Hospital Ambassador and Customer Services

Focus: 
To provide an exceptional experience for every patient, visitor, and guest.
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.
Criminal Justice

Nexus House

Focus: 
To provide a transitional housing program for men re-entering society after incarceration.
Education

Notre Dame Upward Bound

Focus: 
To serve and be an advocate for first-generation and low-income high school students from the South Bend community and to help them successfully graduate from high school, enroll in and graduate from a post -secondary institution.
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.
Education

Pet Refuge

Focus: 
To find placements of unwanted and abandoned pets into responsible permanent homes. Pet Refuge sees to the needs of ALL the animals in our facility as they await their forever homes.
Education

Potawatomi Zoo

Focus: 
To protect and help save animals that can no longer live on their own in the wild, and to participate in conservation efforts to save threatened species
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.
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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
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

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