Local Volunteer Opportunities

Partnering with community organizations is a key part of the Notre Dame commitment to justice and the common good. The Center for Social Concerns supports a variety of opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to work with groups in South Bend and beyond. This page provides information on opportunities for individuals to partner with organizations independently. The Center invites you to review the information listed below and consider communicating directly with the listed groups. Please note that this page is updated weekly.

Youth Development Tutoring

Robinson Community Learning Center
Children/Youth/Teen Programs

Robinson Community Learning Center provides educational programming for people of all ages in the Northeast Neighborhood of South Bend. The Youth Development program is an after-school program for youth grades 1st-12th grade. The RCLC is recruiting tutors for the fall semester to tutor students one-on-one to help with homework and teach reading and literacy. Tutors must commit to volunteering twice a week, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Tutoring sessions are at 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, and 6:30pm (T/Th only) for one hour each. Fall orientation is will take place September 6-10th.

Skills Required: 
Patience, communication skills, time management
Date Available: 
September 13, 2021 to December 9, 2021
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2
Remote: 
No
Emily Sullivan
(esulli10@nd.edu)

Turning Over a New Leaf

Robinson Community Learning Center
Aging

Please join us for our annual event, Turning Over a New Leaf, where Robinson Community Learning Center partners with Circle K to provide leaf-raking services to residents of the Northeast Neighborhood. Bring friends and join us to provide a service to our neighbors! A small breakfast of bagels and drinks will be provided.

 

Skills Required: 
This is an outdoor physical activity
Date Available: 
November 13, 2021
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2 hours
Remote: 
No
Luella Webster
(574-631-8759)

Troop Mentor

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana
Children/Youth/Teen Programs

Assist in programming for girls in grades Kindergarten and 1st grade.  Assist in activities to complete badge requirements. 

Skills Required: 
Enjoy working with children in Kindergarten and 1st grades (ages 5-7). Be personable and able to work with children of various levels. Open minded.
Date Available: 
September 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Amy Kanouse
(amy.kanouse@gsnim.org)

Thanksgiving Event Assistance

HOPE Ministries
Housing and Homelessness

We provide a Thanksgiving meal to anyone in need in the community. This is our 28th year and we anticipate providing around 100 meals. This opportunity would be to assist the volunteer coordinator with communication and organization of volunteers for event.

Skills Required: 
The ability to work in a community with chronic homelessness, mental illness, and addiction. Administrative, communications, and organizational skills will be needed
Date Available: 
September 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
1-2 hours
Remote: 
No
Alison Silverraven
(asilverraven@hopesb.org)

Support for Children’s Autism Programming

LOGAN Center
Disability Programs

Volunteers will be supporting Board Certified Behavior Analysts with various activities to support children in our Autism Services Programs. Responsibilities may include playing with children, preparing materials, and assisting with paperwork.

Volunteers would be assisting at either our South Bend or Granger locations.

Because we are working with a population of youth who are not eligible for vaccination yet, all participants, staff, and volunteers are required to wear a mask at all times during programming.
 

Skills Required: 
An interest in early childhood development and building rapport through play with children, the ability to collaborate with others, and to work independently.
Date Available: 
November 10, 2021 to June 30, 2022
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2-3 hours
Remote: 
No
Alissa Freyer
(afreyer@logancenter.org)

STRIVE Tutoring

Boys and Girls Club
Children/Youth/Teen Programs

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. BGCSJC is looking for volunteers to help teach literacy and math across 23 sites through games and fun activities. Volunteer tutors must commit at least 2 to 4 hours per week. Math will take place at Mishawaka sites from 3:30 to 5:30pm on Mondays & Wednesdays; South Bend on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Literacy will take place on days when there is not math. Some exceptions apply to days and times. No Friday tutoring. Upcoming Volunteer Orientation & Interest Nights on Sept. 2nd and 16th.

Skills Required: 
Positivity; Time Management; Good Communication Skills; Patience; Adaptability to Learning Styles
Date Available: 
September 7, 2021 to December 21, 2021
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2 hours
Remote: 
No
Alyssandra Howe
(ahowe@bgcsjc.org)

Special Events Associate

South Bend Community School Corporation
Education

To work alongside the District Family and Community School Specialist and a team of volunteers to assist, organize, set-up, and clean-up for special events at Brown Community Learning Center throughout the academic school year as outlined below:
Meet and greet patrons/give directions
Set-up tables, chairs and cover with tablecloths as needed
Pass out programs and monitor sign-in sheets
AV equipment management/photography
Move lightweight furniture (occasionally)
Clean-up after events
Hours of Service: Negotiable (2-4 hours weekday evenings and/or Saturdays)

Skills Required: 
Students will be asked to lead a group of students between the ages of 3 and 12 years in activities for approximately 1.5 hours. Experience in working with children in a classroom setting or daycare is needed. Students will need to be mobile, able to sit with children on the floor or on low chairs, play various board and card games, and participate in occasional large motor skills activities indoors/outdoors. Sometimes, students might be asked to be a greeter and sign in patrons as they enter the building. Another group of associates might be asked to simply give directions and/or help set up an event or help clean up and move tables and chairs.
Date Available: 
October 2, 2021 to October 2, 2022
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2-5 hours
Remote: 
No
Erika R Jones
(ejones@sbcsc.k12.in.us)

Resume Creation and Job Seekers Training and Support

Clubhouse of St. Joseph County
Disabilities

On Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., we meet with unemployed individuals with psychiatric disabilities and help them build resumes, share job opportunities, and other resources as a group (3 to 6 individuals).

Skills Required: 
Friendly personality, Word Perfect computer skills, phone skills, familiarity with a work setting, and social skills.
Date Available: 
August 31, 2021 to November 30, 2021
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2-4 hours
Remote: 
No
Mark Buchanan
(mbuchanan@clubhousesjc.org)

Restorative Justice Intern

South Bend Community School Corporation
Education

Are you interested in learning about Restorative Justice and its application in schools that are working to support practices that center relationships and shift away from zero-tolerance measures and punitive mindsets? Here is an opportunity to work on a defined project while learning about how large systems work to implement change.

Restorative Justice Intern Needed:
Provide support for training details, messaging, and project management in collaboration with SBCSC leadership in the development of curriculum (print, multimedia) and implementation guides that will be used to provide consistently, high-quality messaging of principles-based RJE in our SBCSC schools and the greater community. Invested schools that are implementing a new initiative need a guide and this tool needs to be tailored to the needs of our district and our South Bend Community. This internship will provide an opportunity to learn about, listen to, and shape the guide that schools investing in this paradigm shift will use as the "message" about RJE in their buildings.

Skills Required: 
Use of social media platforms helpful, skills with researching implementation guides strategies, best practices, attention to detail, project management, good oral and written communications skills.
Date Available: 
October 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
10
Remote: 
Yes
Kathe Streeter
(kstreeter@sbcsc.k12.in.us)

Resident Services

South Bend Housing Authority
Housing and Homelessness

You will work with the Resident Coordinator to assess the needs of the residents and connect community resources with the residents. Plan and coordinate events, create after school programs, implement the programs, tutor students engaged in educational games and activities, and aid in teaching computer literacy.

Skills Required: 
Education, technical, and social skills are helpful as well as being able to research and organize data to formulate into the programs.
Date Available: 
September 13, 2021 to June 5, 2022
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2-15 hours
Remote: 
No
Michael Williams
(mwilliams@sbhaonline.com)

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