Community Engagement

Collaborate and volunteer with community organizations across South Bend and the nation in remote service, research, and faith activities. Campus partners including the Center for Social Concerns, Robinson Community Learning Center, and other valued partners will promote virtual volunteer opportunities available to students in December, January, and beyond. These will be updated regularly as programs are shared by community organizations.

These listings are all non-credit virtual volunteer service opportunities and will not impact your ability to register for a for-credit Winter Session online course. 

  • After School Tutoring

    The Robinson Center is interested in recruiting after school tutors who would be available to start in January and continue for the remainder of the South Bend School semester. Tutoring would take place on Zoom to begin, with the option of switching to in-person tutoring once ND students return to campus. Tutors must commit to volunteering twice a week, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Tutoring sessions are at 4:00pm, 5:00pm, and 6:30pm (T/Th only) for one hour each. Tutors will help students complete their homework and provided literacy activities.  

    Skills Required: Required: Verbal communication skills, knowledge of grade school or high school level subjects, a desire build a positive relationship with RCLC students; Helpful (not required): Experience with kids, previous teaching/tutoring experience, Spanish speaking

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4 (rolling)–May 20
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2 hrs
    • Remote: No

    Contact: Emily Sullivan (esulli10@nd.edu)

  • Allies for AP Systemic Racism

    Identify allies who would be supportive of the College Board creating and offering an AP Systemic Racism class as an option for college-bound high school students seeking to make an anti-racist impact on elite college/university campuses. A team of seniors at the H E B School of Business and Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word will conclude their Capstone II project for the MIMS Institute Fellows Inc as their client. The team's presentation on November 30 will include ways/strategies to increase awareness of the opportunity for the College Board to provide a class about systemic racism for college credit. ND Allies for Systemic Racism will build upon the work started by the UIW Capstone II team.
     

    Skills Required: Kindness, critical-thinking, communications and interest in creating an anti-racist environment at elite colleges by increasing the number of admitted students already aware of the impact of systemic racism.

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: December 7–January 23
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Jason Mims (Jason@mimsinstitute.com)

  • Assist with Donor Relations

    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

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–January 27
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Rosa E Renteria (rrenteria@capoc.org)

  • Assist with Fundraising

    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.

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Sara Stewart (growunitygardens@yahoo.com)

  • Assist with Fundraising and Business Plan

    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

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Liz Brow (liz@childrensdispensary.org)

  • Assist with Fundraising Initiatives

    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

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Doug Clark (dclark@stadalbertschool.org)

  • Assist with Marketing Strategies and Social Media Content

    Help us update and improve our parish website. Help us with strategies for social media engagement with the community.

    Skills Required: Website development and programming; social media; graphic design.

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: December 1–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Chelsea Smith (chelsea.smith@mqp.org)

  • Assist with Program Development

    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

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–January 27
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Rosa E Renteria (rrenteria@capoc.org)

  • Assist with Social Media Content

    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.

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Sara Stewart (growunitygardens@yahoo.com)

  • Catholic Education Initiative Intern

    Notre Dame Club of Dallas strives to provide support to all Catholic schools in Dallas. This service position would help our current coordinator determine COVID-safe service projects or needs the Catholic schools have and help plan our response to those needs and projects. It would be putting together a year-long plan and would likely take the entirety of January to complete. We'd love someone with marketing/event planning in the background, but anyone can do this project!

    Skills Required: Communication, planning, self-motivated, and skilled at working within google docs and google sheets to keep everything on our Club drive.

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–January 29
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 10 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Taylor Wilson (president-elect@nddallas.org)

  • Champions of The Champion Project

    Leila Champion, ND ‘23, is from Indianapolis where she founded TCP, a nonprofit to help First-Generation, Low-Income students gain access to America’s Best Colleges. Jason Mims, ND ‘75/founder of the MIMS Institute Fellows Inc.—a nonprofit in Texas with a similar mission—and Leila benefited by being matched through the Interconnected ND Mentoring Program during Fall Semester 2020. We will use the Winter Session to set and build upon the foundations of The Champion Project for the next decade and beyond. Champions (3-5 ND students during this championship football season) will have the opportunity to share their Kindness gifts of time, talent, training, and thoughts to work as a team in support of Leila’s vision for The Champion Project.

    Skills Required: We welcome the Kindness that is Notre Dame, critical-thinking, communications skills and a willingness to Champion efforts to help Black and Latino students thrive at colleges with high graduation rates.

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: December 7–January 23
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Jason Mims (Jason@mimsinstitute.com)

  • Community Engagement Consulting Project

    The Notre Dame Club of St. Louis is looking for support in developing and implementing strategic plans and virtual events. Depending on your interests, the projects could include: 1) creating dynamic digital content, 2) developing educational content by conducting informational interviews to support students exploring careers and developing connections, 3) planning and marketing virtual events to increase engagement of alumni, 4) initiating creative ideas for fundraising events to increase revenue for scholarships, 5) executing community outreach efforts, 6) conducting research and developing a strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Take initiative with supportive mentorship from the president-elect!

    Skills Required: Interest in relationship-building and community-building; Strong communication and project management skills

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: December 10–January 14
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 8-10 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Shannon Hagedorn (shannon@shannonh.com)

  • Compile Data and Create Charts

    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

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–January 27
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Rosa E Renteria (rrenteria@capoc.org)

  • Create Educational Tools

    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

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–January 27
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Rosa E Renteria (rrenteria@capoc.org)

  • Elementary School Tutoring and Mentoring

    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

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Doug Clark (dclark@stadalbertschool.org)

  • Event Planning

    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

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Liz Brow (liz@childrensdispensary.org)

  • Financial Empowerment Workshops

    Engage online with youth to facilitate workshops on financial literacy. 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

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–January 27
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours a week
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Rosa E Renteria (rrenteria@capoc.org)

  • Marketing and Website Design

    Edit video into short clips and plan marketing campaign using these clips. Conduct online interviews with parents and clients to add stories to website. 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

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Liz Brow (liz@childrensdispensary.org)

  • Marketing for Local, Sustainable Farming

    We would love to have help with marketing a summer urban farm camp project; to create a marketing plan including brochures/newsletter and web page for dissemination within the South Bend Community.

    Skills Required: We are looking for students who have experience with web development; are creative and have access to a program for brochure development.

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–TBD
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 3-4
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Therese Zimmerman-Niemier (bertrandfarminc@gmail.com)

  • Marketing Strategies and Social Media Content

    Assist with marketing strategies and materials for brochures, newsletters, and/or social media. 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

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–January 27
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Rosa E Renteria (rrenteria@capoc.org)

  • Medical Check-In Calls with Older Adults

    We would also love to have a volunteer available every Thursday to provide what is called Tuck In calls to our patients and facilities regarding supplies and medications. This would be a weekly based call and could take an hour or so depending on our census.

    Skills Required: They would need to have great communication skills for the patient part and relaying that information to the volunteer coordinator, myself, and be able to assist with any needs that may come up with the phone call. They would need to be able to track time proficiently and be great with their time management skills.

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 1-2 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Haley Dunn (hdunn@ghospice.com)

  • Online/Phone Interviews

    Conduct online/phone intake interviews with clients to identify appropriate services. Complete data entry for intake forms. 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

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–January 27
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Rosa E Renteria (rrenteria@capoc.org)

  • Phone Conversations with Older Adults

    We have adjusted our volunteer services to include phone calls to our patients instead of just in person visits. We will have that opportunity going even past January.

    Skills Required: They would need to have great communication skills for the patient part and relaying that information to the volunteer coordinator and be able to assist with any needs that may come up with the phone call. They would need to be able to track time proficiently and be great with their time management skills.

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 1-2 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Haley Dunn (hdunn@ghospice.com)

  • Pre-8th Grade Tutoring

    Holy Cross School (Pre-8th) is always looking for volunteers to act as tutors for students. We are also interested in Spanish speaking volunteers to assist in our Pre-K-2nd grade immersion program. Given the unknowns regarding COVID-19, schools, and the presence of volunteers in school buildings, this may all take on a different form this year.

    Skills Required: Time management, effective communication

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Clare Roach (croach@holycrosscrusaders.org)

  • Social Media Engagement

    Because of Covid, in-person events have been put on hold. In the meantime, we are really trying to build our online presence. If we could have a tech-savvy student create a website for us, that would be wonderful. Short of that, we would love help with graphics for our January social media campaign.

    Skills Required: Social media, website design, graphic design, strong commitment to the pro-life cause

    • Session: Winter 20-21
    • Start/End Dates: December 1–January 31
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 10-12 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Emily McNally (ebrookehaskins@gmail.com)

  • Take Ten - Conflict Resolution in Schools

    Take Ten's virtual teaching at school and community sites will resume in January when the public schools resume. We need volunteers to teach during that time. The goals of TAKE TEN are to reduce violence, prevent violence and to teach children and adults positive alternatives to violence. Violence is defined as anything that causes harm, physical or emotional, to oneself or another living being, place or thing. The objective is to shift what is acceptable and expected behavior in society today, namely violence, to attitudes and behaviors that expect and teach nonviolence. In order to obtain these goals, TAKE TEN volunteers work with children and adults to teach them skills to “Talk it Out, Walk it Out, and Wait it Out.” By providing these skills, children and adults are better equipped to think before they act when faced with a conflict that may result in violence.

    Skills Required: The most basic skill we need is the willingness to live under Take Ten's tenets of peaceful conflict resolution. In addition to that, an ability to present material to youth in a way that has meaning and impact is helpful. Any academic discipline is welcome.

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–May 11
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Ellen Kyes (kyes.1@nd.edu)

  • Technology Development and Support

    Assistance with technology is consistently needed, including to assist with online, virtual troops.

    Skills Required: Time management, effective communication

    • Session: Winter/Spring 21
    • Start/End Dates: January 4–Ongoing
    • Estimated Weekly Time Commitment: 2-4 hours
    • Remote: Yes

    Contact: Amy Kanouse (amy.kanouse@gsnim.org)

Alyssa DiPaolo ‘22

Neuroscience and Behavior

“I'm going to study for the LSAT and work with Dr. Nancy Michael on neuroscience research. I've previously participated in programs hosted by the Center for Social Concerns, and recommend other students consider the Winter Virtual Service Corps opportunity this winter break.