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, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend, and Ivy Tech South Bend. Organizations include representatives from non-profit agencies, government organizations, the arts and entertainment sector, and community-engaged campus programs. At the Fair, visitors 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. In 2022, we were excited to welcome more than 40 organizations and 250 students for the first in-person Fair since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants left each event with commitments that positively impacted our community, increasing organizations’ capacity to live out their mission for social change that advances the common good.

Cosponsors include Alliance for Catholic Education, Notre Dame Student Government, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend, and Ivy Tech.

When is this event?

This event is typically held in mid-January during Walk the Walk Week.

Who attends?

Students: Meet 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: Connect with students and community partners around work addressing social concerns. Registration will be confirmed based on capacity.

Community Partners: Talk directly with students and faculty about your mission and opportunities to work on mutually beneficial projects connected to classes, research projects, internships, and direct volunteering. Talk with other organizations to network and share programming ideas. 

Previous Attendees

The following organizations have attended the Social Concerns Fair in the past.

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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