Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some of the newest volunteer opportunities spearheaded by members of the LND/SMC.

READ BABY READ. 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. We operate story-times at different times on Wednesdays during the school year in locations around South Bend. We especially need volunteers to help with school-age mothers’ program at Lafayette School from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. on 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 women alongside the Read Baby Read story-time leader.

Toni Fein, tonifein@gmail.com

This year, LNDSMC partnered with READ BABY READ and Usborne Books & More to offer a Children’s Book Fair at our annual December Holiday Tea.  Usborne Books offers affordable, beautiful, engaging, interactive, educational books for babies through middle schoolers.  A selection of books was on display and available for purchase both at the Tea and online.  All books purchased generated a 50% match in FREE BOOKS which were then donated to the READ BABY READ program in South Bend.  

Inquiries, Maria Guarraci: mariaguarraci@yahoo.com

A ROSIE PLACE is a licensed specialty hospital dedicated to serving children who are medically fragile while providing much needed respite for families. A Rosie Place is primarily funded by private donations and appreciates our support in thanking donors, as well as help with many of their programs and activities.


  • A Rosie Place welcomed our support in organizing their Christmas Party this past December. LNDSMC members helped bring Santa to town, purchasing and assembling a holiday “toy store” for children of all levels and skills, and assisting at the party.
  • Likewise, many thanks to all who volunteered at A Rosie Place on Wednesday, October 23 to write thank you notes to their benefactors. We are very grateful to St Mary’s College for providing the beautiful stationery.

Kim Reynolds, Rkrpc5@gmail.com

Michelle Wheeler, Michelle.Wheeler.39@nd.edu


HOLY CROSS HOUSE is a retirement home for Congregation of the Holy Cross priests and brothers. Approximately fifty men live there. Some have medical limitations and are socially isolated. They appreciate social visits and opportunities to interact with LNDSMC volunteers!

Current needs:

  • Holy Cross House is looking for volunteers to commit 4 hours per month to visit and read to residents. A background check is required.


  • Thanks to all who came for a group visit to Holy Cross House on November 6. We enjoyed ice cream sundaes and lively conversation! Volunteers also met at Kim’s house to write holiday cards to Holy Cross House priests and brothers…

Kim Reynolds, Rkrpc5@gmail.com

Michelle Wheeler, Michelle.Wheeler.39@nd.edu


CULTIVATE is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, devoted to ending the cycle of hunger in the local communities of northern Indiana by providing a food rescue service. Their mission is to build a local network of food suppliers with the goal of providing wholesome meals so no one in our community, especially children, goes hungry.

Join them in helping to provide food for the most vulnerable in our community. Your donations and volunteer time are invaluable to changing lives in northern Indiana.