Community Service

Federal Work-Study Requirement

Students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) in their Financial Aid Offer may obtain positions at our authorized community service agencies. The University partners with community service organizations to allow students to do work that enriches the community while developing important professional skills.  

FWS-eligible students who are interested in community service employment opportunities may view Community Service employment options on the JOBboard.

Community Service Agencies

Employers participating in the FWS Program: 

  • Will provide opportunities for students to engage in meaningful community service
  • Are committed to a long-term relationship with the University of Notre Dame to provide Student employment opportunities
  • Understand and are willing to work within the constraints created by the scheduling needs of students

The authorized agencies for the 2023/2024 FWS Community Service Program are listed below:

Big Brothers Big Sisters

For over 100 years, Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers have helped boys and girls from single-parent families make the sometimes difficult transition into adulthood. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. We believe every girl and boy deserves a safe place to learn and grow, life-enhancing programs, character development experiences, and hope and opportunity for the future.

Center for the Homeless

The Center for the Homeless is the South Bend area's largest residential facility for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The mission of the Center for the Homeless is to break the cycle of homelessness, bring together disparate groups so that each can discover the worth, diginity and potential of the other, and to pioneer a servcie model worthy of replciation.

Dismas House

Dismas House is a not-for-profit organization that provides housing and post-release services to adult men and women recently released from incarceration. Their residents receive support from a caring staff and hundreds of community volunteers, who serve as board members, cooks, tutors, mentors, and more.

REAL Services

The mission of REAL Services is to assist in establishing a community in which the people served by the organization can maintain their independence to the maximum degree possible and find meaning and satisfaction throughout their lives. Programs address the needs of education, nutrition, self-sufficiency, and protection for 30,000 people in Northern Indiana each year.

Robinson Community Learning Center

The Robinson Community Learning Center welcomes community and Notre Dame partners that strengthen the Northeast Neighborhood of South Bend through relationship-building and educational opportunities. By promoting innovation and excellence, the Center builds individual capacity and enhances existing systems throughout South Bend.

St. Margaret's House

St. Margaret's House improves the lives of women and children by providing individual attention to their immediate needs, breaking the bonds of isolation, and helping them acquire skills to better their lives. They believe that each woman is talented and gifted and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.  

Unity Gardens

Unity Gardens' is a food security and wellness initiative that supports over 40 free pick gardens, no-cost classes and programs designed to reconnect our community to healthy food, nature, and one another. Our uniquely dignified free food model is an unprecedented way to assure everyone has opportunities to protect their health.