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 service 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.  

When is this event?

The fair is usually held in January. Details will be announced and updated on this page. 

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. 

Social Concerns Student Clubs: Student clubs whose work addresses social concerns are invited to register. Registration will be confirmed based on capacity and 

Community Partners: Set up a booth to 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. 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 staff at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College can drop in and out anytime during the Fair hours. No RSVP required. Bring your friends and colleagues, all are welcome!

Community-based organizations, community-engaged campus organizations, and social concerns 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

October 2020

Acoutsticafé | Justice in the World
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Postgraduate Service: JVC Northwest Information Session
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

November 2020

Higgins Labor Film Club: On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 4:00pm
Engaged Learning Forum | Spanish CBL @ 10
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
Labor Café Goes Virtual! November First Friday
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Higgins Labor Film Club: Bread and Roses (2000)
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 4:00pm
CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 1)
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 2)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

December 2020

Labor Café Goes Virtual! December First Friday
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm