Basic Needs

Basic Needs 



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. They would also be interested in having student volunteers help with a neighborhood clean-up (one time event).


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.

 REAL Services, Inc.?

Phone: (574) 284-2691


Background: We are 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.

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 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.? Seeking caring persons who can easily relate to older adults who may be ill and/or suffer from some form of dementia. Monthly report is required.?Training is offered on a scheduled basis. Assignments are usually available during the day time, afternoon and on weekends. No evenings are available.? This assignment is also available for professional, support staff and interested persons in the community for a six month commitment.


Phone: 234-6000


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) 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!