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.

Event Planning

Children's Dispensary, Inc.
Disabilities

Help plan and engage online with clients for various activities (crafts, dance party, story time, etc). Help plan Prom for individuals with special needs. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities - tell us your strengths and interest, and we will find a good fit for you.

Skills Required: 
Time management, effective communication
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Liz Brow
(liz@childrensdispensary.org)

Elementary School Tutoring and Mentoring

St. Adalbert School

We are in need of volunteers to tutor our students and to mentor them. We would also welcome any volunteers who have ideas for fun, engaging after school clubs or activities for our students.

Skills Required: 
Time management, effective communication
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Doug Clark
(dclark@stadalbertschool.org)

Create Educational Tools

Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Poverty

Create a resource guide and other educational resources for clients. At Community Action Partnership of Orange County, we seek to end and prevent poverty by stabilizing, sustaining and empowering people with the resources they need when they need them. By forging strategic partnerships, we form a powerful force to improve our community.

Skills Required: 
Time management; Customer Service; Case Management/Data Collection; Interpersonal Skills; Human Services Resources/collaborative partnerships
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Rose E Renteria
(rrenteria@capoc.org)

Compile Data and Create Charts

Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Poverty

Assist with compiling data and creating compelling charts related to poverty, its causes and consequences. At Community Action Partnership of Orange County, we seek to end and prevent poverty by stabilizing, sustaining and empowering people with the resources they need when they need them. By forging strategic partnerships, we form a powerful force to improve our community.

Skills Required: 
Time management; Customer Service; Case Management/Data Collection; Interpersonal Skills; Human Services Resources/collaborative partnerships
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Rose E Renteria
(rrenteria@capoc.org)

Assist with Social Media Content

Unity Gardens, Inc.
Food and Sustainability

We love engaging students in a variety of ways. In our robust social media presence, we are always looking for assistance with capturing pictures and sharing posts! The limits of ways to engage in Unity Gardens is only limited by the imagination and talents of the students!

Skills Required: 
Understanding the Unity Gardens' culture and mission is critical to working with us! Because we are a unique and locally founded organization, it is important to have team members that can represent us through a congruent value system. Our edible parks and uniquely dignified free food model can easily be confused with community gardens or food pantries.
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Sara Stewart
(growunitygardens@yahoo.com)

Assist with Program Development

Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Poverty

Assist with all phases of program development and evaluation, including researching best practices and/or developing metrics for program outcomes. At Community Action Partnership of Orange County, we seek to end and prevent poverty by stabilizing, sustaining and empowering people with the resources they need when they need them. By forging strategic partnerships, we form a powerful force to improve our community.

Skills Required: 
Time management; Customer Service; Case Management/Data Collection; Interpersonal Skills; Human Services Resources/collaborative partnerships
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Rose E Renteria
(rrenteria@capoc.org)

Assist with Fundraising Initiatives

St. Adalbert School
Education

We are in need of volunteers to help us with fundraising initiatives for the school. We would also welcome any volunteers who have ideas for fun, engaging after school clubs or activities for our students.

Skills Required: 
Time management, effective communication
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Doug Clark
(dclark@stadalbertschool.org)

Assist with Fundraising and Business Plan

Children's Dispensary, Inc.
Disabilities

Assist with feasibility study and business plan for new income stream; research potential grants. Help with fundraising and donor relations. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities - tell us your strengths and interest, and we will find a good fit for you.

Skills Required: 
Time management, effective communication
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Liz Brow
(liz@childrensdispensary.org)

Assist with Fundraising

Unity Gardens, Inc.
Food and Sustainability

We love engaging students in fund raising in a variety of ways. We are interested in students to help promote current fund raising activities, selling a special Unity Gardens' product (t or sweatshirt), or adding a creative fundraising idea that students come up with! We also have need for some clerical work with adding email contact information with our current donor spreadsheets. The limits of ways to engage in Unity Gardens is only limited by the imagination and talents of the students!

Skills Required: 
Understanding the Unity Gardens' culture and mission is critical to working with us! Because we are a unique and locally founded organization, it is important to have team members that can represent us through a congruent value system. Our edible parks and uniquely dignified free food model can easily be confused with community gardens or food pantries.
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Sara Stewart
(growunitygardens@yahoo.com)

Assist with Donor Relations

Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Poverty

Assist with donor relations, including communication and research. At Community Action Partnership of Orange County, we seek to end and prevent poverty by stabilizing, sustaining and empowering people with the resources they need when they need them. By forging strategic partnerships, we form a powerful force to improve our community.

Skills Required: 
Time management; Customer Service; Case Management/Data Collection; Interpersonal Skills; Human Services Resources/collaborative partnerships
Date Available: 
January 4, 2021 - TBD
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 
2–4 hours
Remote: 
Yes
Rose E Renteria
(rrenteria@capoc.org)

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