Long Term Opportunities
Time Commitment: Variable
Background: Paradigm Shift is a new science outreach organization that will connect middle school and undergraduate students in an impactful, enjoyable, and effective science learning experience outside the classroom. Graduate/Undergraduate and middle school students will work together in small teams to explore a scientific topic, and to create a final product that illustrates the concepts they learned. These learning tools will then be used in science outreach initiatives in public settings. Through active learning and mutual mentorship, students at both middle/high school and college levels will develop critical skills, improve science literacy, and gain a deeper appreciation for science while sharing it with others.
Mission: Our mission is to cultivate a paradigm shift in student perspective, and to use science to motivate and equip students to achieve their best in any life endeavor.
Contact: Cristal Reyna and Khari Thompson
Afterschool Tutoring at the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC)
Time Commitment: Minimum 2 hrs/week per semester. Training sessions only at beginning of semester.
Background: The RCLC offers several different types of tutoring programs that Notre Dame students are welcome to participate in. The after-school tutoring serves students in grades 1st through 12th. Their programs aim to develop literacy, provide opportunities, and build relationships with and for the students in the Northeast Neighborhood and the greater South Bend community. Enrolled students receive one-on-one tutoring geared towards their individual academic needs.
Contact: Kris Arizmendi, Volunteer Coordinator at the RCLC.
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.
Volunteer Needs: Assistance in clerical work; A Labor coach; Driver; Respite Houseparent; Prayer Partner; Big sister /Mentor; Tutor; Teach crafts , needlework, cooking , gardening; Help with house maintenance.
St. Margaret's House
Background: St. Margaret's House is a daytime drop-in center for women and children, including boys 12 years of age and younger. A lunch is served every day for the guests.
Mission: 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.
- General (noon meal, laundry and bathing facilities, free local phone calls, lounge area, devotional corner, library)
- Children's play area
- Budget counseling
- Self-esteem discussion groups
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.
Interested in other opportunities? Check out the Center for Social Concerns