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Service Opportunities

Notre Dame is a socially conscious campus, as shown by the numerous opportunities for service. Directed by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), there are many different programs that you can become involved in; this is only a partial list of many of the most popular service opportunities. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or would like a complete list, stop by the CSC, located in front of Geddes Hall, or call (574)631-5293. You can also go to the following Web sites: socialconcerns.nd.edu/ and www.nd.edu/~engopp/.

Summer Programs and Service for Credit
Appalachian Service Project
This is done over fall or spring break. Participants attend three classes prior to leaving and one class afterward to discuss the economic situation in this region. During the week, at one of more than 20 sites in the region, students will do work ranging from construction to education to environmental stewardship. Each site will have from five to 20 students, and it is a great opportunity to serve a wider community while getting to know people in the Notre Dame community. The Appalachia seminar is a one-credit theology course. See http://socialconcerns.nd.edu/academic/fall/appalachia.shtml for more information.

Urban Plunge
This is an experiential learning experience in the Church and Social Action. Over Christmas break, students will be immersed in any one of over 20 urban setting across America for 48 hours in order to better understand and address the needs of the poverty stricken. The goal is for the student to participate in the city closest to their home and to meet people who are affected by poverty and to learn what people are doing to eradicate it. This is not a typical service trip. Students will not simply volunteer for two days; they will become a part of the community in order to better understand the problem and become better advocates for those in need. To receive the one theology credit, students will attend three information classes in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. See http://socialconcerns.nd.edu/content/urban-plunge-church-and-social-action for more information.

Summer Service Learning Project
This is an eight-week service project in over 200 locations all over the country. This service-learning seminar also addresses the issue of poverty in our nation and opens the discussion about Catholic social tradition … and incorporates real experience with academic reading and theological reflection in order to encourage students to use their education to begin to address important social concerns. Two orientation sessions, with reading and writing assignments, are done before the project, and follow-up sessions are held in the fall. Students receive three credits in theology, which do not count toward degree requirements. For more information see: http://socialconcerns.nd.edu/academic/summer/summer.shtml

Local and Campus Service Organizations

Circle K Notre Dame
Student Contact: Meghan McClain or
Web site: http://universityofnotred.wix.com/amecirclek
Mission: This service club offers 21 weekly projects that satisfy anyone’s volunteer desires. It is the largest service organization on campus.

GreeND
Student Contact: Erin Lenke,  and Kathleen Rocks,
Web site: gogreen.nd.edu
Mission: GreeND is a newly emerging energy and environmental issues student group. The organization seeks to (1) promote interdisciplinary learning about the energy and environmental challenges facing humanity today, (2) develop leaders capable to engage the complexities of these challenges both at Notre Dame and in the world, (3) affect sustainable changes in the policies and lifestyles that determine energy usage.  It is comprised of seven committees including: Energy Club, Reyclin’ Irish, Policy Club, Energy Conservation Corps, Campus Action, Dorm Commissioners, and Task Force.

Foodshare
Contact: foodshar@nd.edu
Mission: Foodshare is a volunteer organization that ensures that leftover food from North Dining Hall is not wasted and that the needs of South Bend residents are fulfilled. In addition to delivering food, members of Foodshare have the opportunity serve meals at the Center for the Homeless.

Habitat for Humanity
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/nd.edu/habitat-for-humanity/
Contact:
Mission: Volunteers are needed to work on construction crews, donate materials, help with fundraising, and interact with our partner family.

Progressive Student Alliance
Contact:
Mission: PSA works for social justice by organizing around issues ofinterest to create change, working with other people and groups on both a local and global level.

Silver Wings (Benjamin D. Foulois Chapter)
Contact: swa@nd.edu
Web site: www3.nd.edu/~aas/
Mission: Silver Wings works side by side with Arnold Air Society, which is a professional, honorary service organization within the Air Force ROTC. Silver Wings is for civilian students who wish to serve the local and national communities while supporting their friends and fellow students in their mission to become outstanding future leaders in the Air Force.

Super SIBS
Web site: www3.nd.edu/~supersib/
Mission: All club members have siblings with disabilities. College sibs mentor local children (8-14 years of age) who also have a sibling with a disability.