Volunteering in the Community

As you are in the process of searching for your new career in our community, it is critical that you begin to assimilate into the community and develop new relationships and additions to your resumé. Volunteering, whether it is a day a week or a few hours per month, the amount of time that you devote to volunteering is up to you but the results can be advantageous to your career search.

  • Allows you to meet others in our community~ these new relationships can be instrumental in learning about leads for your job search and references;
  • Allows you to gain local experience for your resume
  • Allows you to gain new skills to add to your resume
  • Allows you to become part of a team helping your new community to be a better place to live, work and play

Community Volunteer Opportunities

English as a Second Language for International Spouses

The University is home to many International students, families, faculty and staff. A benefit of being part of the ND community is an opportunity to improve your English skills. Experienced instructors teach conversational English, English grammar, English literature and American culture

ESL Courses

School Systems for Children

Have you relocated with a young family? Our community offers a number of public and private school systems for you to choose from, the list linked highlights details of our various school systems in St. Joseph County.

Public School Review

Social/Professional Networking

Similar to volunteering we cannot stress enough the importance of networking and how it can positively affect your job search and possibly reduce significantly the length of time your job search takes. Are you between the ages of 21-39? If so the St. Joseph Chambers Young Professional Network (YPN) may be just the place to for you. This is a great opportunity to meet other professionals in our community via social and business related functions. You never know who may be your next great resource for a lead in the hidden job market and/or a contact to ‘get your resume seen’!

St. Joseph County Chamber

Employer/Networking Resources by Industry

This listing will provide you with a start of the many employers in our community as well as links to several professional associations where you can join and network with colleagues in your specific are of expertise. This listing is continually be updated and in no way should be construed as a complete listing of employers in our community. Please check back often for additions to each category.

Employer/Networking Resources

Cost of Living Indicator

As you are relocating or considering a relocation to our community, it is important to understand the unique differences between our cost of living and that of where you reside. The link below is a nice quick resource to compare your current (or former if relocating) market to ours to better understand what you can expect in the form of salary ranges for jobs that match your experience and skill set.

Cost of Living Calculator





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