Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some of the newest volunteer needs spearheaded by members of the Ladies of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College.




Do you love to read aloud to children? Would you like to make a difference in a child’s life? Read Baby Read would appreciate your help! Read Baby Read is a family literacy program in which we provide a fun story-time and mentor mothers as they establish a reading aloud routine with their children. Read Baby Read operates story-times at several different times on Wednesdays during the school year in locations around South Bend. We especially need volunteers to help with the school age mother’s program at Lafayette School from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Wednesdays in September and October and again in February and March. Teenage mothers are eager for attention and guidance as well as affirmation as they develop their mothering skills. Volunteers could work one on one with these young mothers along side the Read Baby Read story-time leader.

Contact: Toni Fein, tonifein@gmail.com




All for Good: Lists of volunteer activities available in the community


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
www.stjoe-redcross.org (574) 234-0191

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.
www.bgcjc.org (574) 232-2048


CASA -Court Appointed Special Advocates: A CASA volunteer advocates for children who are involved in the juvenile court system as a result of abuse and/or neglect. Volunteers investigate, negotiate, monitor and advocate for the best interest of the child. http://www.sjccasa.org
www.jcconline.org (574) 233-CASA(2272) or (574) 235-5375


Center for History: If you are interested in history, museum work, and/or archival work, please check out the volunteer options.
www.centerforhistory.org (574) 235-9664


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.
(574) 282-8700
Volunteer Coordinator– Dr. Peter Lombardo (574) 282-8700 x344 plombardo@cfh.net


The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.: This center has volunteer opportunities to serve senior citizens and opportunities in health and wellness.
www.centerforhospice.org (574) 243-3100
Contact Marlane Huber (574) 243-3127 huberm@centerforhospice.org


Christ Child Society: This volunteer organization provides new clothing to local area youth (infant to age 12.) They also provide layettes to two local hospitals for distribution to qualified applicants for their newborn babies.
www.christchildsb.org (574) 288-6028


Food Bank of Northern Indiana: This volunteer activity addresses hunger and poverty issues. www.feedindiana.org (574) 232-9986


Hope Rescue Mission: The mission has volunteer options to assist others who are living in poverty or who are homeless.
www.hoperescuemission.org (574) 288-4842


Juvenile Justice Center: This volunteer opportunity involves legal issues and advocacy as well as mentoring youth www.jjconline.org (574) 235-5437


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.
www.stjoereads.org (574) 233-6229


Logan Community Resources, INC: Volunteer options are available at the Logan Center to assist children and adults with special needs.
www.logancenter.org (574) 289-4831


Make a Difference Michiana: This site offers a complete listing of nonprofit agencies and many more volunteer opportunities for you to volunteer.


Memorial Hospital and Health Systems of South Bend: Volunteer options abound in the health care of patients at Memorial Hospital.
www.qualityoflife.org/Volunteers (574) 647-3610


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. Heidi Lamm, ND
Contact Heidi.E.Lamm.2@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
Pink Zone Challenge – Stephanie Menio (574) 631-3589 Stephanie.Menio.1@nd.edu

Coaches vs Cancer – www.cancer.org


Read to a Child: This is a volunteer activity in the South Bend Community School Corporation. It involves reading to a child in grades 1 – 4 for 30 minutes per week at the same time each week starting in early October and ending in April. Connie Moore, Director: (574) 283-8182 or cmoore4@sbcsc.k12.in.us


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 www.nd.edu/rclc (574) 631-8759


St Adalbert Catholic School: Opportunities to mentor and tutor are available at this local Catholic school.
www.stadalbertparish.org (574) 288-6645


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
www.sjmed.com/careers/volunteers (574) 237-7569


St. Margaret’s House: St. Margaret’s House, a day center for women, has volunteer options to assist with home and care for women.
www.stmargaretshouse.org (574) 234-7795


St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County: Many opportunities to sort, stock, shop and organize for this worthy cause.
denise.blanche@saintvincent-in.org (574) 234-6000 x 12105


South Bend Civic Theatre: Community theater opportunities are available at this locations.
www.sbct.org (574) 234-1112