Community Involvement

Community Service

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One of the pillars of the Notre Dame mission is service to others. Both Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars students have several opportunities for community service activities, from working with local outreach organizations to volunteering in an animal shelter to planting sunflowers. Below you will find a list of the community organizations we partner and serve with every summer!

In addition to service outreach opportunities, The Office of Pre-College Programs partners with the Debartolo Performing Arts Center to screen a documentary dealing with a topic of global import: food sourcing, environmental protection, the industry of poverty and aid, and others. Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars students attend the screening, and the event is open to the public. We feel that our mission to educate does not simply apply to our high school cohort; it is vital that we extend our reach to those in the local community. In 2019, we showed the film “Racing to Extinction.”


Unity Gardens

As a dignified free-food model, Unity Gardens has 55 gardens throughout the community. These spaces are designed with the idea of feeding hungry people and providing a place for diverse people to gather for classes and empowerment.

Students at Unity Gardens

Greenbridge Growers

An organization using innovative methods to grow sustainable, fresh, and organic produce for locals with a mission to create jobs for individuals with autism. 

Mishawaka Food Drive

Each year, our students involved in Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars host a food drive at local grocery stores. In the summer of 2019, students raised 3452 lbs of food and additionally more than $1,000 in donations to help feed the hungry in our community!

Hannah and Friends

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs, Hannah and Friends raises awareness and compassion for those with different abilities and offer recreational programs for children and adults with special needs.


The YWCA South Bend provides support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and chemical dependency. The YWCA offers economic empowerment programs, residential services, and substance abuse courses for women, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

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Animal Care and Control South Bend / Pet Refuge

Students visit the local Animal Care and Control and Pet Refuge facilities in order to spend time with our furry friends who need good homes!

Boys and Girls Club

The local Boys and Girls Club offer programming for children so these kids have a safe place to learn and grow, develop their character, and are given hope for a bright future of opportunity.

Cultivate Culinary

Cultivate Culinary is devoted to ending the cycle of hunger in the local community by providing a food rescue service and building a local network of food suppliers in order to provide wholesome meals for community members.

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Hope Ministries

With a mission to create a community in which hurting people finding healing, Hope Ministries provides transitional housing, educational resources, food, and health care services to those in living in the cycle poverty.