Community Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
Read to or Mentor a Child This is a volunteer activity involving reading to a child in grades 1-4 OR mentoring child grades 3-6 for 30 minutes per week at the same time each week starting early October and ending in April Contact your local public school to learn about opportunities
Robinson Community Learning Center This center located close to the ND campus has volunteer needs for tutoring, violence prevention, and computer skills. Christy Burgess, Community and Volunteer Coordinator
rclc.nd.edu
574 631-8759
The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. This center has volunteer opportunities to serve senior citizens and opportunities in health and wellness. centerforhospice.org
574 243-3100
Juvenile Justice Center This volunteer opportunity involves legal issues and advocacy as well as mentoring youth jjconline.org
574 235-5437
American Red Cross (St. Joe County Chapter) Volunteer opportunities with ARC involve interest and/or expertise in health and safety, emergency services, computers and technology stjoe-redcross.org
574 234-0191
Center for the Homeless If your interests include being a part of the solution with homelessness issue and life changing courses for the homeless, check out the opportunities here. cfh.net
574 282-8700
Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County Through the Boys and Girls Clubs, volunteer opportunities abound for after-school activities with youth and children. bgcjc.org
574 232-2048
Food Bank of Northern Indiana This volunteer activity addresses hunger and poverty issues. feedindiana.org
574 232-2048
Hope Rescue Mission The mission has volunteer options to assist others who are living in poverty or who are homeless. hopesb.org
574 288-4842
Literacy Council of St. Joseph County If you have expertise or interest in adult literacy or English as a New Language, check out the volunteer options here. stjoereads.ning.org
574 235-6113
Logan Center Volunteer options are available at the Logan Center to assist children and adults with special needs. logancenter.org
574 289-4831
Northern Indiana Center for History If you are interested in history, museum work, and/or archival work, please check out the volunteer options at NICH. centerforhistory.org
574 235-9664
St. Margaret’s House St. Margaret’s House has volunteer options to assist with home and care for pregnant women. stmargaretshouse.org
574 234-7795
South Bend Civic Theatre Community theater opportunities are available at this locations. sbct.org
574 234-1112
Christ Child Society This volunteer organization provides winter clothing to local area youth (infant to age 12.) There is also a tutoring program for St. Adalbert School conducted through this organization. christchildsb.org
Memorial Hospital of South Bend Volunteer options abound in the health care of patients at Memorial Hospital qualityoflife.org
574 647-3610
Brain Works Courses, exercise, Spanish and more are offered at Memorial Hospital for those life long learners. Web site says “Use it or Lose it!” qualityoflife.org/brainworks
Notre Dame Relay for Life This American Cancer Society grassroots level event is generally held in the fall and one walks to support cancer research and local cancer survivors. relay.nd.edu
Pink Zone Challenge (Women’s Basketball) or Coaches vs Cancer (Men’s Basketball) These are two organizations with fun activities all year long to raise monies for cancer research – much of which supports local endeavors Coaches vs Cancer
St Adalbert Catholic School Opportunities to mentor and tutor are available at this local Catholic school. stadalbertparish.org
St. Joseph County Library Opportunities to archive, read, etc. are available at this downtown location. 574 282-4606
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Opportunities to serve within the hospital are plentiful – call for more details sjmed.com/careers
574 237-7569
Babysitting Network An opportunity to develop a babysitting network among ND/St.Mary parents and ND/St. Mary students baby sitting network
Sister Rosalie’s Gateway to Heaven Shopping Club of St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County The no-dues club is dedicated to purchasing necessary items for the Thrift Store, Client-Choice Pantry and emergency clients. St. Vincent de Paul Society
3408 Ardmore Trail
South Bend, IN 46628
email
Lists of volunteer activities available in the community Lists of volunteer activities available in the community allforgood.org

Spiritual

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
Bible Study Weekly sessions on Wednesday campusministry.nd.edu
Pray.ND This is a website of reflections on daily Bible readings, prayers, and other inspirational words. pray.nd.edu
for prayer cards

Arts

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center or DPAC Films, plays, music, opera, dance and more are offered through the ND DPAC location! performingarts.nd.edu
Arts Everywhere Arts Everywhere home page provides a calendar of events for local arts and entertainment. Dance, theater, music, and art are presented for the Michiana area. If you are interested in taking art classes, those are available as well! cfsjc.org
Shakespeare at ND Incredible performances during the summer, with London performers and more during academic school year. shakespeare.nd.edu
631-BARD

Athletics

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
Non-student Fitness Classes for spouses These classes range from cardio to pilates to yoga and others at a reasonable price. recsports.nd.edu
Faculty & Staff Soccer MWF 12:15 to 1:15 on the ND soccer practice field, right next to Alumni Field, the soccer stadium. Friendly pick-up soccer, with between 10 and 20 players showing up. Dark shirts play against white shirts, no slide tackles, no long-distance shots, small goals without goalies. Age 20 – 65, with the bulk of the players between 30 and 45, sometimes even faculty kids play. Players mostly from North and South America and Europe, but all continents are represented.
Faculty & Staff Basketball MWF 11:30 at Rolfs Athletic Center
Open Ice Rink MWF 12:00pm-1:00pm from Sept. 15 – March 15 each year. No open skate on football Fridays. $3 fee for skate rental, and all participants must possess a valid University of Notre Dame ID card. 574 631-7905
Summer Golf League (mixed) Wednesday afternoons at the Notre Dame golf course (old course); 9 holes 574 298-2773
Women’s Summer Golf League Tuesday afternoons at the Notre Dame golf course (old course); 9 holes 574 631-6455
Family Time at the Rock The Rockne Memorial Recreational Facility, including the pool, is open to the families of faculty, staff and students on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-5:00. 574 631-5297
Family Time at Rolfs Sports Recreation Center Rolfs Athletic Complex is open to families of ND students and employees on Saturdays from 9-12 and Sundays from 12-2; The aquatic facilities at Rolfs are open on Sundays from 2-5 574 631-6100
Swimming Lessons at Rolfs Sports Recreation Center Swim lessons are offered throughout the academic year and summer. Classes range from parent-tot to advanced. Class times vary. recsports.nd.edu
ND Summer Sports Camps Camps are offered for baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, ice hockey, swimming, diving, strength and speed, tennis, track & field, cross country, volleyball and football. Age ranges differ according to the sport. youthsports.nd.edu

Family Activities at ND

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
Story Hour at the Hammes Bookstore (on campus) Tuesdays 11:00 and 1:00. Miss Kay reads a story aloud and follows with songs and an art activity. 574 631-6316
Story Hour at the Hammes Bookstore (on Eddy Street Commons) Thursdays 11:00 am 574 287-6954
Playgroup sponsored by the Ladies of Notre Dame/St. Mary’s College Meet once a week at various locations around town. This is a great way to get to know other parents associated with the University with preschoolers or young kids. lndsmc.org
Family Time at the Rock The Rockne Memorial Recreational Facility, including the pool, is open to the families of faculty, staff and students on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-5:00. 574 631-5297
Family Time at Rolfs Sports Recreation Center The Rockne Memorial Recreational Facility, including the pool, is open to the families of faculty, staff and students on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-5:00. Also, there are “playtimes” in the Rock on M and W from 9:00-10:30 for parents and kids! 574 631-6100
Even Fridays Pumpkin Patch Visits RecSports will take trips to Thistleberry Farm to pick pumpkins, go on hay rides, pet animals, and play all kinds of fun games! Starts October 8th. recsports.nd.edu
Swimming Lessons at Rolfs Sports Recreation Center Swim lessons are offered throughout the academic year and summer. Classes range from parent-tot to advanced. Class times vary. recsports.nd.edu
Notre Dame Marching Band Practice Enjoy the ND marching band up close and personal. The band steps off the steps of the Dome at 4:00 on Fridays and marches past the stadium to their practice spot in a parking lot across from the stadium (next to the restaurant, Legends). This is a very entertaining and educational experience for kids. Feel free to bring tricycles and folding chairs. This is loads of fun for the whole family!
Kids Night at Legends Kids eat free on Wednesday nights at Legends from 4-9 pm. Lots of families attend. legendsrestaurant.nd.edu
Debartolo Performing Arts Center DPAC is offering several performances geared towards families this season. In the program guide for this year’s performances there is a green symbol that denotes performances appropriate for children. performingarts.nd.edu
Family FuNDays RecSports hosts Family FuNDays designed to meet the recreational needs of faculty, staff, graduate students, and their families. Family FuNDays
Kids Around the Bend Many opportunities for family activities are located in this monthly calendar from literacy to science to camps. michianamom.com

Michiana Resources for Children’s Activities

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
Michiana Parks and Recreation This site has class offerings from Mishawaka Parks and Recreation for youths and adults, City of Mishawaka events to attend, and a description of all parks and pools within the City. mishawakacity.com
South Bend Parks and Recreation South Bend Parks and Recreation offers classes for youths and adults, City of South Bend events to attend, description of all parks (including Potowatomi Zoo) and pools within the City. sbpark.org
St. Joseph County Public Libraries St. Joseph County Libraries offers activities for children and adults as well as ability to reserve books on line and have them sent to your local library branch. libraryforlife.org
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Libraries M-P-H Libraries offer wonderful programs for children and adults; library services are accessible on-line. mphpl.org
Michiana Soccer Association Area soccer League for kids ranging from 5 yrs. to high school michianasoccer.org
Michiana Moms A great local resource for parents, grandparents, and families momseveryday.com
Mother’s of Preschoolers (MOPS) There are several, very active area chapters of MOPS. They offer playgroups and plenty of activities for mothers of young children. mops.org
(search for one of the local groups with your area code)
HealthWorks Museum for Kids HealthWorks! magical exhibit floor contains over 20 larger-than-life hands-on activity stations that are designed to teach you something new about your body. healthworkskids.org

Ladies of Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s College

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
Ladies of Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s College An organization run by female faculty, administrators and spouses. LND/SMC sponsors interest groups and organizes events and trips around the area. They also raise funds to provide scholarships to local women attending ND or SMC. lndsmc.org
Activities include: Morning Book Club, Evening Book Club, Creative Cooking, Playgroup (Let young children play while parents connect – meets weekly), Tennis, “Off the Beaten Path” excursions (Visit local points of interest with friends), and more

Preschools

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
ECDC Notre Dame 2 yrs – Kindergarten ecdc.nd.edu
Countryside Montessori 3 yrs. – Kindergarten 53333 Ironwood Rd
South Bend, IN
46635-1305
574 277-6468
email
Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes 2 yrs. old – 8th grade tma-el.org
St. Pius School 3 – 5 yrs. stpiuscatholicschool.net
Holy Cross School 4-5 yrs. holycrosscrusaders.org
St. Anthony’s School Pre-K stasb
Woodard 3 yrs. – 5 yrs. 17800 Fox Den Dr
Granger, IN
46530-8527
574 272-2784
Building Blocks (Logan Center) Provides services for developmentally disabled children logancenter.org

Blogs, Wikis and more!

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
365 Things to do in Michiana Literally, different events and things to do in Michiana! 365southbend.blogspot.com
Best of Michiana Recommendations from LND/SMC lndsmc.org
Scenic Michiana Local attractions and historical places to visit in Michiana area scenicmichiana
South Bend Area Blog real estate and area attractions/activities realst8.com

Singles

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
The Acorn Theater Three Oaks, MI, about 40 minutes from South Bend. This arty, renovated theater space features national and local talent—everything from Celtic rock to sideshow circuses. On Thursdays there’s open dancing with DJ acorntheater
Young Professionals Network (YPN) of the St. Joe Chamber of Commerce sjchamber.org

Gardening Centers, Nurseries and other Nature locations to visit

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
Quilt Gardens Tour in Elkhart There are 18 gardens created to look like quilts in Amish country, IN. You can visit Shipshewa and more now until October 1, 2011. amsichcountry.org
Morton Arboretum This is a great place to spend the day about two hours west of South Bend in Iisle, IL. There are incredible treehouses and other areas for children to explore. mortonarb.org
Fernwood Botanical Garden Fernwood offers a leisurely day to hike many different trails and view the lovely garden in Niles,MI fernwoodbotanical.org
Blankenship’s Garden Center Locally owned center with a wide variety of perennials and annuals at reasonable prices. Located close to ND campus. 103 N. Dixie Way
South Bend
(US 31 or 933)
574 243-5512
Roseland Fruit and Garden Center Located across the street from Blankenship and has wide variety of trees, flowers, fountains, plants and more. 125 Dixie Way
South Bend
574-272-7760
Shelton’s Farm Market This market in located on 933 or 31 going north toward Michigan. They offer a variety of plants and trees at reasonable prices. 1832 S 11th St.
Niles, MI
269 684-0190
McKinley Terrace Garden Center Again, a great selection of annuals and perennial flowers, shrubs, tree, and lawn ornaments can be found here. They give out August Bucks, one August buck for X amount purchased that are redeemable in August of plants. Located on the south side of Michiana
133333 McKinley Hwy Mishawaka, IN
574 255-0114
Vite Greenhouses This nursery is a lovely drive to southern Michigan (about 20 or so minutes from ND and has a great selection. 2610 S. Red Bud Trail;
Bertrand Twp, MI
269-695-2959
Varner’s Greenhouse Great selection of annuals in the spring, mums in the fall, and all the other listed plants/trees above at reasonable prices. Located northeast
of Notre Dame
334 Fir Road Niles, MI
269 684-3530
South Bend Farmers Market A great location about ten minutes from campus for plants as well as fresh produce. 1105 Northside Blvd
South Bend, IN
46615-3920
574 282-1259
Ginger Valley Ginger Valley is located across from St. Pius Parish in Granger. The service is excellent at this location (if they do not have what you need, they will look in their nursery and call you when they have it in) and in addition to what is located above they have pond supplies as well. 15065 State Road 23
Granger, IN
46530-9644
574 271-0202

Where to pick apples, berries, and pumpkins

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
All About Apples This web site gives you 22 locations in northern IN. You can also search for lower MI! orangepippin.com
Garwood Orchard Located in LaPorte County, you can pick berries, apples, pumpkins, vegetables and more. appleupick.com
Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard Located in Goshen, IN, this web site tells you about the farmers’ market and orchard picking as well as fall activities. kerchersorchard
Pumpkin Patches Here are a list of pumpkin patches in Northern IN. pumpkinpatchesandmore.org
Kali Blueberry Ranch This U-pick blueberry ranch is located in Mishawaka and the rates are reasonable. blueberryranch.com

General Information

Location Description Contact (if available)
Website
Phone Number
Office of Human Resources Here are some resources and general information that will be helpful with on campus activities as well. hr.nd.edu
Make It Downtown Information about dining, shopping, recreation, nightlife in South Bend downtownsouthbend.com