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.

Hospitality Program

Broadway Christian Parish
Poverty

Help serve breakfast, distribute items from clothing pantry or food pantry, connect guests who need support services and stable housing with community resources. Monday-Thursday 8-11am.

Skills Required: 
Willingness to serve, be patient with others, and a desire to learn from guests, staff, and other volunteers.
Date Available: 
August 30, 2021 to December 24, 2021
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
3-12 hours
Carl Hetler
(chetler@gmail.com)

Garden Work

Prairie Winds Nature Farm
Food and Sustainability

Help us bring in the harvest at our learning farm. Work with children and Charlotte Wolfe to educate about the importance of healthy local food.

Skills Required: 
Tolerance for the outdoor environment, willingness to learn sustainability principles, and a good work ethic.
Date Available: 
August 30, 2021 to October 17, 2021
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2-10 hours
Remote: 
No
CHARLOTTE P WOLFE
(pwindsfarm@gmail.com)

Food Processing Volunteers

Cultivate Culinary
Food and Sustainability

Volunteers will help prepare meals by serving prepared food on a platter. Volunteers may also be bagging meals for distribution.

Skills Required: 
No special skills required.
Date Available: 
September 1, 2021 to September 1, 2022
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2 hours
Remote: 
No
Shelly Alwine
(shellya@cultivateculinary.com)

Creating Video Content for Website, Social Media, and Promotional Materials

HOPE Ministries
Housing and Homelessness

Help with creating a video that can be shown to train and inform new volunteers about the work done at Hope Ministries. This project will start with the very beginning of the process and will include, content collection, storyline, production, editing and a final video to be shown to all potential volunteers.

Skills Required: 
You will need a willingness to work in a community with issues of chronic homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. Technical skills for video production, storyline, and editing.
Date Available: 
September 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
4 hours
Remote: 
No
Alison Silverraven
(asilverraven@hopesb.org)

Become part of our dementia focused Village. Be a villager!

Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana
Aging

Brand new revolutionary caregiver support center and adult day center combined. Our "Village" will simulate a town atmosphere and assist clients and caregivers who are living with dementia. If you have an interest or a passion for interacting with others on a social level, check out the endless volunteer positions we have coming up!

Skills Required: 
Dementia training will be provided. Must love people and interacting. Talents and skills will be considered. i.e. a passion for painting, fitness, outdoors, card games....there are so many opportunities!
Date Available: 
December 1, 2021 to December 1, 2022
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2 hours
Remote: 
No
Angelica Baginske
(angel@alzni.org)

After School Tutoring

South Bend Community School Corporation
Education

Volunteers will spend approximately 2 hours per day providing additional academic support (tutoring) for students in grades 3-8.

Skills Required: 
To successfully contribute to this volunteer activity a student will need to be comfortable working with elementary and middle school students, providing academic support for basic core subjects, patience, positivity, and empathy for students' needs. To successfully contribute to this volunteer activity a student will need to be comfortable working with elementary and middle school students, providing academic support for basic core subjects, patience, positivity, and empathy for students' needs.
Date Available: 
October 25, 2021 to December 17, 2021
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
5-10
Remote: 
No
Taylor Williams
(twilliams4@sbcsc.k12.in.us)

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Application Close | ISSLP 2022
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Information Session | SSLP 2022
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Postgraduate Service Lunch | Alliance for Catholic Education
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Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
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Labor Café First Friday
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