Service Agencies A to Z
Use this page for an alphabetical listing of many of the service agencies in Michiana. Scroll down or click the letter to quickly jump to your desired section. As always, feel free to drop by the OCSE office (220 Student Center) or make an appointment to discuss all the many volunteer opportunities that are available for you.
AIDS MINISTRIES/AIDS ASSIST OF NORTHERN INDIANA
Phone: (574) 234-2870 (South Bend)
Phone: (574) 293-9743 (Elkhart)
Background: AIDS Ministries was started in 1989 by the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. The organization is currently working toward an ecumenical/community base. Located in South Bend, the agency serves north central Indiana with direct assistance and northern Indiana with educational and referral programs. The goals of the agency are five-fold: to provide access to community support, to provide assistance to those in need, to educate the public regarding the challenges facing the community regarding HIV/AIDS infection and prevention, to raise public awareness and advocate for the dignity and rights of those infected with HIV/AIDS, and to stimulate and collaborate with religious and other communities of care to build networks for education and support.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to give social support to individuals who are HIV+ by providing support and help (including light housekeeping, transportation, shopping, etc.) through the course of the illness. There is some need for office help and phone answering on the AIDS assist phone line. Also need assistance with data base input and statistical analysis. Internships are possible.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Phone: (574) 257-9789
Background: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Volunteers: Please call your local office to see what opportunities are available for volunteers.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Phone: (574) 234-0191
Background: Provides disaster relief, service to armed forces, first aid training, and more.
Volunteers: There are many, many ways to be involved at the Red Cross. Visit the website and click on the volunteer tab to see what is available.
Background: AseraCare Hospice, one of the nation's premiere providers of hospice care, serves patients in St. Joseph, Elkhart, and surrounding counties. Our mission is to share our passion for improving quality of life through innovative healthcare - one person, one family, and one community at a time. We believe hospice care affirms life. We exist to provide support and care for persons in the last stages of incurable diseases so that they might live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Volunteers: Direct/Companion Volunteers needed to provided emotional support. Typical duties might include: reading to a patient, playing music, reminiscing with a patient, or even simply just holding their hand. All training is provided and we are flexible with hours and training times; we will work around your schedule.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY
Phone: (574) 232-9958
Mission: The concept of Big Brothers/Big Sisters service is that the friendship, companionship and guidance of a caring adult can make a positive difference in the life of a child growing up in a one parent home. As a preventative measure, the benefits of Big Brothers/Big Sisters program are extremely valuable in improving self-esteem, nurturing new interests, exposing a child to new and different activities, developing trust, and learning to build relationships.
Volunteers: Volunteers for the core program must reside, work, or attend school in St. Joseph County and must possess the ability and willingness to give a commitment of the four years of attending college and spend 3-5 hours with the child per week. Helping Hands Program provides one-on one activities with individual children. School Mentor program at Prairie or Marquette Schools at 11am-1pm, work one-on-one on self esteem or academic. Transportation is needed for all of the programs. Volunteers must go through the screening program before being accepted for any program offered.
BOYS' AND GIRLS' CLUB
Phone: (574) 232-2048
Mission: The Boys' and Girls' Club is an organization dedicated to promoting the health, social, educational, vocational, and character development of boys and girls ages 5 through 18.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to assist with Tutoring, Health and Physical Recreation, and Social Recreation programs. Volunteers are expected to commit to 2 hours a week.
BROADWAY CHRISTIAN PARISH
Phone: (574) 289-0333
Background: Broadway Christian Parish is a United Methodist Church on the southeast side of South Bend, that has chosen to become a service to the neighborhood around it. They provide a variety of services to the people who live near the church.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help with the Sunday meal-cooking, serving and cleaning up. The church recruits a new meal team every 6 weeks.
Phone: (574) 234-3111
Background: Catholic Charities celebrates the spirit of Jesus and fosters personal dignity by serving the needs of our neighbors and by providing social services to families. Catholic Charities serves as a voluntary, church-related, community- serving agency. Assistance is provided to all individuals, regardless of their religious affiliation, race, creed, sex or national origin. Fees are discussed on an individual basis with each person/group seeking service.
Volunteers: There are a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers. Please call and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
CENTER FOR BASIC LEARNING SKILLS
Phone: (574) 259-5427
Background: The Center for Basic Learning Skills is a program for adult literacy. We work with adults from the South Bend area who are working toward their GED's. Many of our clients are educationally disadvantaged and anxious to learn.
Volunteers: We tutor from 8:00- 12:00 Monday through Friday mornings at the Center for Basic Learning Skills in South Bend. A commitment of one morning a week or more tutoring and helping adults receive an education is requested. Volunteers work in groups of 2-3.
CENTER FOR COMMUNITY JUSTICE (Elkhart, IN)
Phone: (574) 295-6149
Background: The mission of the Center for Community Justice is to promote and operate effective community-based services for victims, offenders, and the community. These services strengthen community safety, provide support and compensation for victims, aid restoration of offenders and promote reconciliation among victims, offenders, and the community. We are a non-profit agency with 20 employees working in seven different programs--each focused on Restorative Justice.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for a number of the Center's programs. Please call for more information.
CENTER FOR HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE
Phone: (574) 286-1198
Background: Hospice is a home care program for terminally ill patients and their families. It takes a holistic approach through physical, psychological, social, and spiritual support to ensure that the patient's life is as comfortable, satisfactory, and pain free as possible.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to visit terminally ill patients in their homes. A commitment of 4 hours every one or two weeks is expected. Volunteers must complete 21 hours of training mandated by the state and have their own transportation.
CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS
Phone: (574) 282-8700 x81310
Background: The Mission of the Center is to provide an hospitable environment where homeless persons can find respect and dignity as well as comprehensive and integrated services to address their particular set of needs. The objective is to involve widespread community support in this endeavor, ad through volunteerism to bring together disparate groups n our society so that each can discover the dignity, worth and God-given potential of the other.
Volunteers: Volunteers can work in many areas in the Center. They can manage the front desk, help with the serving of meals, work with the children and families and tutors and friends, work with the facilities at the Center or help with administrative and organizational tasks.
Training Provided: 2 hour orientation including a presentation on the Center, speakers (Center guests, current volunteers), volunteer application, and a tour of the Center. Accepted applicants then receive one or two training shifts.
CENTURY 21 SCHOLARS
Phone: (574) 239-2380
Background: The Twenty-first Century Scholars program is Indiana's early outreach and college tuition scholarship program for high schools students from low and moderate-income families. Students who become Scholars promise to: graduate from an Indiana high school, maintain a grade point average of at least a 2.0, agree not to use drugs, alcohol or commit a crime, and apply for admission to an Indiana college, university or technical school as a high school senior. In exchange for keeping their pledge, Scholars are guaranteed up to eight semesters of tuition costs at participating public college, university or technical school in Indiana. If the Scholar attends a private institution, the state will award an amount comparable to the cost of tuition at a public institution.
Volunteers: Please call us for information on volunteering.
Phone: (574) 289-9779
Background: Corvilla was started by a group of families who had disabled children. These families wanted to created a healthy living environment for their disabled members as they grew to adulthood. Corvilla is now a not-for-profit organization that provides a home for 28 residents with developmental disabilities. We strive to create a comfortable, family atmosphere for all our residents-because in some cases, Corvilla is the only family they have.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to develop one-to-one relationships with Corvilla residents. They would be expected to commit at least one academic year to building a relationship with a resident. They could arrange for outings or just spend time visiting their Corvilla friend.
Phone: (574) 233-8522
Background: Dismas House was founded in 1985 by people from the community in partnership with Notre Dame students and staff to create a community to assist ex-prisoners and college students in making a smooth transition into the community. University/college students and former prisoners share in a common, supportive living situation. The house, located approximately ten minutes from campus, accommodates 16 residents and provides a co-ed housing opportunity. All residents pay a monthly fee that includes room and board. The mission of Dismas House is to reconcile former affenders to society and society to former defenders through the development of a supportive community.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to cook for the residents on week nights. Volunteers also needed to teach basic computer skills and GED tutoring.
Phone: (574) 935-4164
Background: Earthworks is an environmental education center for children and adults in Plymouth, IN Sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. The Center provides educational programs for members of the community including year round arts and crafts, spirituality, and ecology workshops.
Volunteers: Please call for more information.
EL CAMPITO, INC.
Phone: (574) 232-0220
Background: El Campito is a state licensed bilingual day care center with maximum enrollment of 60 children ages six months to six years. It is designed for low-income families whose parents are working or in school. El Campito is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment for children who come from lower income bilingual families.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to spend time with children to provide role models for these young children from single parent families. Volunteers can also assist regular day care instructors in planning and implementing their organized program. Volunteers commit to 2-4 hours a week.
FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S CENTER
Phone: (574) 968-9660
Background: Family and Children's Center provides advocacy, education, intervention and treatment to prevent and eliminate child abuse.
FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER and S-O-S
Phone: (574) 234-6900
Background: The Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County is an innovative collaboration of civil, legal, medical, and social services whose expertise provides victims of domestic violence and their families multiple options to restore balance to their lives. The Sex Offense Services (SOS) program provides services to victims of sexual assault and their families and acts as a community resource to increase public awareness.
Volunteers: You can make a differrence! Train to become a volunteer Victim Advocate for the FJC or S-O-S. FJC Advocates respond to victims at the Family Justice Center for 4 hours per week and S-O-S Advocates respond 24-hours a day via phone and in person at local emergency departments to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, information, and referrals for those whose experience rape or sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, or sexual harassment. Call the Family Justice Center at (574) 234-6900 today for more information or to begin the application process.
FOOD BANK OF NORTHERN INDIANA
Phone: (574) 232-9986 x128
Background: The mission of the food bank is to work in partnership with the community to feed the hungry, to increase awareness of the effects of hunger and to lead programs designed to alleviate hunger. They seek to maximize existing resources so that no one, from the homeless to the homebound, goes to go to bed hungry at night.
Volunteers: We need students to inspect and repack food; also, to do some cleaning and sorting.
FRIENDS OF THE ST. JOSEPH RIVER
Phone: (574) 299-3421
Background: The Friends of the St. Joseph River Association, Inc. was established in April of 1994 for the purpose of bringing together the people of the communities located within the St. Joseph River Watershed, working as one unit to clean and restore the St. Joe River and also all rivers, streams, and creeks that flow into the St. Joseph River.
Volunteers: Please contact the association for information about ways to get involved!
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES of Michiana, Inc.?
Phone: (574) 472-7300
Background: Goodwill Industries provides a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program for disabled and vocationally disadvantaged people to help them become independent and meaningfully employed. It also coordinates sheltered employment and support services. Goodwill stores provide affordable goods and clothing to the community.
Volunteers: There are abundant opportunities to create tasks for volnteers to participate in all aspects of Goodwill's activities. Volunteers are needed particularly to help with monthly half-price sales at Goodwill stores.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Phone: (574) 288-6967
Background: Habitat is a grass-roots ministry with the goal of ending poverty housing. The local chapter of Habitat builds or repairs homes for low-income families in the South Bend community. Prospective participants must meet other requirements set by Habitat for Humanity, including "sweat equity" participation and minimum income, and be currently living in sub-standard or unsafe conditions. This is for people in need of a place to live and is not about charity. Those individuals who will live in the home also help to build them.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to assist the project in many ways, by working on construction crews, donating materials, or providing meals for the work groups.
Phone (574) 254-5309
Background: Hannah's House offers a loving home to young women while they are pregnant. Complete prenatal care is provided through Mishawaka/St. Joseph Hospital and counseling and self-help programs are available at the home. Opportunity is provided for continuing education. Assistance is provided to residents as they decide whether to parent or place their infants for adoption. Hannah's House is a program of Catholic Charities.
Volunteers: There are many ways to be involved including assisting with clerical work, serving as a labor coach, being a driver, serving as a respite houseparent, joining with a Prayer Partner, being a Big sister/Mentor or Tutor, or offering to teach skills such as crafting, needlework, cooking, or gardening. We also always need help with house maintenance.
HEALTHWIN SPECIALIZED CARE FACILITY
Phone: (574) 272-0100
Background: Healthwin is a county owned facility but it is not supported by taxes. It has 156 beds of which 32 are chronic hospital licensed beds, 33 skilled nursing and 91 intermediate care nursing home beds. The Supported Living Center provides life-long and transitional care for the brain injured. It is detached from the main facility and is licensed for seven residents. Healthwin provides services to a variety of chronically ill or elderly people and their families. It offers an alternative to patients in acute hospitals to receive comparable rehabilitative and skilled nursing services with successful therapeutic outcomes. Respite care is also available to provide temporary relief for caregivers.
Volunteers: Healthwin needs student volunteers to make weekly visits to patients on a one-to-one basis. They may also provide help for patients who have special needs, i.e. tutoring, reading, letter writing, etc. The volunteers' schedules can be arranged individually. An orientation will be provided to any new volunteers.
HEALTHWORKS! KIDS' MUSEUM
Phone: (574) 647-5437
Background: HealthWorks! is an interactive health education center located in downtown South Bend, focusing on changing a kids perspective of health. We cater to grades Kindergarten through 6th grade and are open to both school field trips and the general public.
Volunteers: Some positive changes have recently occurred at HealthWorks! regarding volunteer recruitment and the writing of volunteer job descriptions. One major change is using volunteers during the time a school or group field trip is present at HealthWorks!. This reassures volunteers that they will have interaction with kids on the exhibit floor. As a volunteer, you will "play" with local grade school kids in exploring the topic of health as they travel through our exhibit floor or participate in a theatrical classroom.
Phone: (574) 235-4150 x222
Background: Hope Ministries was started over twenty-five years ago to serve the destitute and homeless people of South Bend. It is a Christian service operated cooperatively by a group of Christian Churches in the community. They work primarily with homeless and low-income persons by providing shelter, meals, casework, and spiritual guidance.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed at Hope to help serve meals, assist with the maintenance of the facility, visit residents on a one-to-one basis. Gifts of food and clothing are welcome.
Humane Society of Saint Joseph County
Phone: (574) 255-4726
Background:Incorporated in 1886, The St. Joseph County Humane Society is one of Indiana's oldest service organizations and still the area's largest animal care facility. Servicing the greater St. Joseph County region and multiple municipalities, the HSSJC sees over 7,200 animals each year. Providing a vast array of community services and educational programs the Humane Society of St. Joseph County truly looks to embody it's motto of "WE CARE" on many levels.
Volunteers: There are many opportunities to help out at the Humane Society. Visit our Website and click on the volunteering tab for more information. Training is required and provided for all volunteers.
LA CASA DE AMISTAD
Phone: (574) 233-2120
Background: La Casa De Amistad operates a youth and adult center on the west side of South Bend. La Casa addresses the needs of South Bend area Hispanic youth through organized activities and support. Youth participate in a range of activities to help develop leadership skills and achieve an understanding of their own culture and heritage as it relates to the general population.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for several programs including tutoring, after-school/recreation programs, nursing assistants, and other programming.
Please Note: Internship opportunities are also available. Hispanic or Spanish-speaking volunteers are needed in particular.
LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM OF NORTHERN INDIANA, INC.
Phone: (574) 234-8121
Background: The Legal Services Program of Northern Indiana is a private, nonprofit corporation founded by private attorneys and interested community leaders in 1953. It now provides free legal representation to low-income individuals in 24 northern Indiana counties. Legal Services assists people who cannot afford a private attorney with legal problems in areas such as housing, public benefits, consumer, health, and family law.
Volunteers: Student volunteers usually serve as an Intake Worker. The person is responsible for: Obtaining accurate statistical and financial information from clients who telephone or come to the office for assistance, obtaining accurate information about the client's problem, and writing a detailed narrative for attorney review. It also includes completing necessary forms and cards for each client, and, when experienced, completing a second "full" interview with eligible clients.
LITERACY COUNCIL OF SAINT JOSEPH COUNTY
Phone: (574) 335-9781
Background: The Literacy Council is a volunteer organization that provides tutors to teach adults how to read and write.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed as tutors for 1.5 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. One hour per week training sessions are required for the first 5 weeks.
Phone: (574) 289-4831 x1043
Background: Logan Center provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Volunteers: Volunteers work directly with Logan Center clients, mostly on one-on-one or in small groups. Activities include recreation, swimming, and classroom work. All volunteers are interviewed and receive on-the-job program orientation. Volunteers are expected to give at least one hour a week regularly, up to a maximum of 5-6 hours a week.
MEMORIAL EPWORTH CENTER
Phone: (574) 647-7084
Background: Memorial EPWORTH CENTER is the inpatient psychiatric care division of Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Memorial has been the medical cornerstone of Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan for more than 100 years with a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for those in the region. At Memorial Epworth Center, we’ve combined the leadership support from Memorial Hospital with specially trained behavioral health specialists to build the leading community resource for inpatient mental health care in the region.
Volunteers: Please call for volunteer opportunities. All volunteers receive training.
Phone: (574) 647-7084
Background: Memorial Hospital of South Bend traces its roots back to 1894, when the Women's Home Missionary Societies of the Methodist Churches of South Bend founded Epworth Hospital and Training School. By 1901, the hospital had grown from three patient beds in a converted house to a 50-bed "modern" hospital - complete with a maternity room and an operating room - in the first building in South Bend designed specifically as a hospital. The name officially changed in 1945 to Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Today, Memorial serves as a 526-bed regional referral center for cardiac, cancer, childbirth, emergency medicine and rehabilitation services.
Volunteers: Memorial's mission, vision and values are embodied by the numerous volunteers who provide more than 1,000 hours of service each month. Volunteers play an integral role in nearly every department of the hospital, reassuring anxious families awaiting news after a surgery, greeting and escorting visitors and helping them find their way around campus, delivering flowers and mail to patients, or visiting with patients after surgery. Because there are so many ways to volunteer, please call us and ask to be connected to the volunteer coordinator so we can find the right placement for you.
MILTON ADULT DAY SERVICES
Phone: (574) 232-2666
Background: Milton Day Services provides resources and care during the day for adults age 18 and older recovering from recent illness, injury, or surgery; frail or socially isolated adults living alone or with a caregivers; adults experiencing a decrease in physical, mental, memory or social functioning; and adults who may have any of the following: Stroke, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, etc.
Volunteers: Volunteers will play games, participate in arts and crafts, and spend time with the patients. They will also be in charge of snacks. The community service opportunities are available for a few hours each week.
Phone: (574) 233-0165
Background: Milton Home is a Meridian Health Care Facility that provides residential care for elderly people. It is located on Marion St. in South Bend and is committed to maintaining the quality of life of its residents by offering them a hospitable and stimulating environment.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to visit residents on a one-to-one basis. Groups are welcome to plan special events in consultation with the Milton Home staff.
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
Phone: (574) 259-9912
Background: The Muscular Dystrophy Association coordinates patient services for persons suffering from 40 different neuro-muscular diseases, the most common types being ALS, Mayasthenia Gravis, and Duchenne.
Volunteers: Volunteers are mostly on an as-needed basis, so time commitment is very flexible. Volunteers help with Labor Day telethon, general donation seeking, work as summer camp counselors, and assist with various events throughout the year. Volunteers may also be asked to visit families with family members suffering from muscular dystrophy.
Phone: (574) 231-1122
Background: Pet Refuge is a not-for-profit "no-kill" animal shelter run by volunteers for the placement of unwanted and abandoned pets into responsible permanent homes.
Volunteers: Please visit our wesbite and click on the volunteers tab on the home page for more information.
Phone: (574) 272-9100
Background: Portage Manor is a licensed, 144 bed, residential care facility owned by Saint Joseph County and located on the northwest edge of South Bend. It provides care for individuals and married couples who cannot care for themselves. Some residents are elderly while others suffer from debilitating disease or mental illness.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to pay regular visits to individual residents who have no family. Volunteers may also plan group activities or arts and crafts activities for Portage Manor residents.
Phone: (574) 235-9800
Volunteers: The Potawatomi Zoo has many opportunities for students to volunteer. Volunteers can be trained to give presentations to the zoo's visitors about specific animals. Volunteers are also needed to help with special events and fund-raising. The zoo's veterinarian has opportunities for students to assist with projects such as environmental enrichment for the animals and to observe animal behavior.
REAL SERVICES, INC.
Phone: (574) 284-7138
Background: REAL Services is a non-profit social service agency that provides assistance to low-income elderly and disabled persons. We offer transportation services, meal delivery, congregate meal sites, senior employment, home weatherization, energy assistance, adult guardianship, and case management services. We help senior citizens remain in their homes with services.
Volunteers: Since so many senior citizens are on our long waiting lists for a home care agency to provide help in their own home, have poor health, meager incomes and little or no insurance, we are recruiting volunteers for a number of programs:
- To assist as friendly visitors, respite volunteer companions, housekeepers, handymen, and grocery shoppers. Ideal candidates must be 21 years of age, agree to an interview, and allow us to contact 3 character references and conduct a criminal background check. Must have reliable transportation and be available for a 2 hour weekly or bi-monthly assignment for a semester basis.
- Guardian Volunteer Advocate. Advocates represent a client who resides in a nursing home and has little or no family involvement. Advocates work on the behalf of the client to see that all needs are met. REAL assumes legal guardianship and the volunteer becomes our "eyes and ears" in the community. Makes medical and legal decisions. Must be 21 and agree to a one year commitment. Must have reliable transportation. Application procedure including interview, 3 references and background check. Monthly report is required. Training is provided. No legal background is required.
- Community service is available to college students to assist with meal delivery through our Meals on Wheels program Monday through Friday, beginning at 11:00 a.m. till approximately 12:30 p.m. Application process. Transportation is required to get to meal site. Volunteer will then be matched with a current volunteer for on-the-job training.?Greatest need is during winter and summer months.
Reins of Life
Phone: (574) 232-0853
Mission: To provide therapeutic horseback riding opportunities for people with disabilities; to promote mental, physical, emotional, and social growth of all involved; To educate the community regarding the benefits of riding as therapy, and the abilities of children and adults with disabilities; and to improve the attitudes of society toward persons with disabilities.
You can volunteer to be a horse leader or side walker during classes, help with ability maintenance, or be involved with horse care and feeding.
SACRED HEART PARISH
Phone: (574) 631-4139
Volunteers: We have a variety of opportunities for volunteers to work with the elderly. These include the following:
- Parish Nurse Program: Volunteer opportunities for Saint Mary's Nursing students to gain clinical experience.
- Friendly Visitors: This ministry involves visiting the homebound. We have many people in our parish who cannot leave the confines of their homes. The Friendly Visitor connects them with the parish community. All that is needed for this program is a caring heart, the ability to listen, and 2-4 hours every six weeks for visits.
- Respite Care: Volunteers provide companionship to the homebound loved one for a few hours each week so the family caregiver can be refreshed in spirit. The program requires that each volunteer attend a six-hour training session sponsored by the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW).
- Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound and Sick: Two teams of Eucharistic Ministers take the Eucharist to the homebound of our parish on Sunday. Eucharistic Ministers are assigned usually once a month and communion rounds can take 2-4 hours, depending on the number of homebound needing visits.
Phone: (574) 233-9471
Background: The Salvation Army has served the South Bend community for over thirty years. They assist people with their basic needs by providing food and emergency assistance. They distribute Christmas baskets and other special food needs. With the opening of the Kroc Community Center in January 2012, The Salvation Army has been able to expand its offerings to assist even more members of the community from all walks of life.
Volunteers:? There are many volunteer opportunities at the Kroc Center. The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers to help in the Food Pantry on Monday evenings and Tuesday-Friday mornings. You could also help with the Unity Garden, which provides fresh food for the food pantry and surrounding neighborhood. There are many youth programs, such as Mission Literacy, that need volunteers, as well as special projects throughout the year and at Christmas time. Please call the phone number and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator or go on our website to volunteer!
SISTER MAURA BRANNICK, CSC HEALTH CENTER
Phone: (574) 335-2410
Background: Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Chapin Street Health Center was established in response to the critical need for affordable health care for people who are unemployed, those unlikely to be eligible for government assistance programs, and the working poor. The clinic provides health services for individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, do not have medical insurance, and cannot afford private health care.
Volunteers: With a limited staff the Health Center depends on volunteers to ensure the clinic runs efficiently. Working as a volunteer is an excellent opportunity to gain medical experience, and increase your knowledge and exposure to public health. The Health Center commits to assuring every volunteer a thorough orientation, a voice in the development of new programs, and an opportunity to contribute to the mission of the clinic.
ST. HEDWIG'S OUTREACH CENTER
Phone: (574) 287-0845
Background: St. Hedwig's Outreach Center serves families of the west side of South Bend by providing after school tutoring and a hot meal to children on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. St. Hedwig's was organized to give children from single parent or unstable families a hospitable and stable place in order to help them succeed in school and learn necessary life skills.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help with tutoring and to provide stable role models for children who come from families that are in crisis. This involves one or two afternoons per week from 4:30 - 6 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Phone: (574) 335-2410
Background: Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is a not-for-profit, multi-hospital healthcare system located in North Central Indiana. A ministry organization of Trinity Health, we offer faith-based, personalized care in a diverse and team-oriented environment.
Volunteers: We invite you to join our team of Associates and Volunteers as we touch the lives and improve the health of our patients and community. Our entire staff is dedicated to providing care in a positive, team-oriented environment. Develop your skills with colleagues who are committed to excellence an organization that values you. We strive to match the skills and talents you already have with our openings and needs. You don't need a healthcare background to volunteer at SJRMC. We have positions that are both patient and non-patient related. All we ask for is a once a week commitment of 3 - 4 hours. Prior to starting, all of our new volunteers will have a chance to attend orientation. Please call us and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
ST. MARGARET'S HOUSE
Phone: (574) 234-7795
Background: St. Margaret's House is a center for women. It provides a place offering friendship and understanding, a clearing house for other resources in the area, a kitchen, snacks, beverages and lunch, a place to take a bath or shower, a place to do laundry, a safe place for children to play, a place to make phone calls and cool off in the summer.
Volunteers: Women volunteers are needed to help with children, answer the phone, and serve as hostess for guests. Volunteers could also help with literacy work, tutoring for the GED, cooking, aerobics, spiritual groups, and other activities that would be useful to the guests. Volunteers are needed during daytime hours on weekdays and are expected to commit to 2-3 hours a week.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Background: St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization that provides basic assistance to the most destitute in the South Bend Community. They have been operating in South Bend for over twenty-five years. They provide a variety of basic kinds of assistance to families and single people who have no other place to go.
Volunteers:? Donations of clothing, food, and household items are always welcome for the thrift store that the society operates. Volunteers are also needed to work in the thrift store that the society operates. St. Vincent de Paul will come to campus to collect used items if arrangements are made. Anyone organizing a food or clothing drive can work through this grass roots organization.
Phone: (574) 631-8759
Background:In 1995, ANNE PARRY from Chicago decided to address the issue of school violence with a fresh approach and created TAKE TEN – a slogan that encourages children to TALK IT OUT, WALK IT OUT, WAIT IT OUT rather than engaging in violent behavior. Take ten deep breaths instead of saying something that hurts; take ten steps back rather than getting involved in a fight; and take ten seconds to cool off instead of using something as a weapon. TAKE TEN is simple: it is a short positive phrase that provides children with a common language to demonstrate their choice for nonviolence. Take Ten is an outreach project of the Robinson Community Learning Center.
WOMEN'S CARE CENTER/PREGNANCY HELP CENTER
Phone: (574) 234-0363 (South Bend)
Phone: (574) 252-3680 (Mishawaka)
Background: The Women's Care Center was founded by a concerned group of people who realized the need to give pregnant women support so that they could consider carrying their pregnancies to term. The Women's Care Center seeks to assist individuals and couples facing a possible problem pregnancy by offering a warm, supportive environment in which potential difficulties surrounding the pregnancy can be explored. The Women's Care Center also provides women with the care they need to carry their pregnancies to term.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to assist in welcoming pregnant women and couples and beginning the process of assisting them to gather the resources that they need to complete the pregnancy. Some volunteers do counseling while others help with administrative work. Volunteers are expected to commit to 6 hours a week. A three day training weekend at Moreau Seminary is provided for all volunteers.
YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU (YSB)
Phone: (574) 235-9231
A community-based non-profit organization that serves the needs of youth at critical points in their lives. We do not charge a fee for any of our programs and we bring our services to youth in need.
The Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County empowers youth and families to recognize their strengths and unlimited potential. We are committed to delivering services that include street level outreach, shelter, counseling, and case management that honors, respects and celebrates our community's diversity. We provide free, innovative and responsive programs that reach out to youth and families. The Youth Service Bureau creates a safety net for those in need, helping them move from surviving to thriving.
Y.W.C.A. WOMEN'S SHELTER
Phone: (574) 233-9491
Background: The Women's Shelter has been established because the YWCA believes that women have the right to live in a safe, healthy environment. A safe place is the most immediate need of a woman in crisis especially a physically abused woman. The YWCA also provides services for women struggling with substance abuse.
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed at the Women's Shelter to listen, provide transportation, tutor, work with children, and to perform other important services. Volunteers are expected to work 2-4 hours a week. 20 hours of on-site training is provided. Internships are also available. Also, Monitors and Mediators for the Domestic Violence program are needed.