Social Concerns Fair

About the Social Concerns Fair

The Social Concerns Fair on Notre Dame's campus is an opportunity for community-based and community-engaged campus organizations to connect with students, faculty, and staff from the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College. Organizations include representatives from non-profit agencies, government organizations, the arts and entertainment sector, and community-engaged campus programs. At the Fair, visitors can explore community-engaged research, learning, and volunteer opportunities addressing a range of social concerns, such as poverty, education, food and sustainability, health care, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, and more. 

In 2020, the Social Concerns Fair hosted 71 organizations and 450 visitors. Participants left with commitments that positively impacted our community, increasing organizations’ capacity to live out their mission for social change that advances the common good.  

This year's Fair is hosted by the Center for Social Concerns, ND Student Government, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), St. Mary's College, and Holy Cross College.

Social Concerns Fair 2021

Due to coronavirus safety concerns and restrictions, the 2021 Fair will be held over Zoom (link provided below) and will primarily focus on remote engagement opportunities that are possible during the remainder of the school year. The Fair will also be an opportunity to connect with organizations for future semesters. Please join us to learn more about remote opportunities with organizations in the South Bend area. 

What is it like to participate in remote engaged learning? 

When is this event?

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 4:00–5:30 p.m.

How can I attend this event?

Click here to attend the event

Be sure to sign into your institutional Zoom account before entering the Fair.

Who attends?

Students: Meet virtually with representatives from local organizations to volunteer, explore internship opportunities, and consider engaged research. 

Faculty: Connect with community partners to consider engaged teaching and research, or for individual volunteering. 

Student Clubs: Student clubs whose work addresses social concerns are invited to register for a Zoom room. Registration will be confirmed based on capacity.

Community Partners: Have a Zoom room to talk directly with students and faculty about your mission and remote opportunities to work on mutually beneficial projects connected to classes, research projects, internships, and direct remote volunteering. Share your expectations and announce your orientation schedule to get those connections started. You can also talk with other organizations to network and share programming ideas. 

How do I register?

Students, Faculty, and University Staff: Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross College, and IUSB can drop in and out remotely anytime during the Fair hours by visiting each organization's individual Zoom link. No RSVP required. Click on the Google Slide deck to view available organizations and opportunities. The slide deck will be accessible through the Zoom link listed on this page on the day of the event. Each community partner, student club, or university program will have their own Zoom link within their individual slide. 

Community Partners and University Departments/Programs/Clubs: Community-based organizations, community-engaged campus organizations, and community-engaged student clubs interested in having a table at the next Social Concerns Fair should contact the Center for Social concerns at Permission will be granted based on capacity, relevance of organization to the purpose of this event, and affiliation with Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns. 

Previous Attendees

The following organizations attended the Social Concerns Fair in January 2020. 

Active Minds 
Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County 
Boy Scouts of America, LaSalle Council
Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County
Boys and Girls Club Volunteers of Notre Dame
Camp Millhouse
CASA of St. Joseph County
Center for Civic Innovation
Center for the Homeless
Center for the Study of Languages and Culture
Children's Dispensary, A Place to Be Me programs
Circle K 
City of South Bend
College Mentors for Kids
Collegiate 4-H Club of the University of Notre Dame
Cultivate Food Rescue
Domers Mentoring Kids
Dress for Success Michiana
Education Bridge of Notre Dame
Educational Programs at the Center for Civic Innovation
Elkhart Education Foundation
enFocus, Inc.
Family & Children's Center
Food Bank of Northern Indiana
Foundation for International Relief of Children (FIMRC)
Frassati Internship
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana
Girls on the Run Michiana
Grace Hospice
Greenbridge Growers
Hannah's House of Michiana
Healthwin Specialized Care
Holy Cross Grade School
Hospice Foundation and Global Partners in Care
Imani Unida
Indiana Health Center, Inc. On Michigan Street
Kankakee Wetlands Organic Gardens (KWOG)
La Casa de Amistad
Life Worth Living ND
Logan Center
Money Think
Montana de Luz, Club of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Alumni Association - Family Volunteer Camp
Oaklawn - Camp Mariposa
REAL Services, Inc.
Reins of Life, Inc.
Robinson Community Learning Center
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana
Saint Joseph Health System
Sant'Egidio Community
SBCSC Adult Education 
South Bend Heritage 
South Bend Poverty and Entrepreneurship Program
Spanish Community-Based Learning
Special Olympics Notre Dame
St Adalbert School
St. Joseph County Parks
Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy
Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations
Summer Service Learning Program
Super Sibs
Ten Thousand Villages Mishawaka
The Bald and the Beautiful
The Blue and Gold Project
The Clubhouse of st Joseph County
Timmy Global Health - ND
United Religious Community


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Upcoming Events

December 2021

Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 4:00pm
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm

January 2022

Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Monday, January 10, 2022 - 4:00pm
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 4:00pm
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 4:00pm