Our club is the largest and most active service organization on campus. We are dedicated to providing a wide variety of service opportunities to a large number of students. In order to best serve the needs of our members and the community, we plan a broad range of service projects that reflect the diverse interests of our members and the various concerns of the community. If you would like information on a project not listed here, or more information on a project that is listed, please contact any board member.
Click on a project for a brief description:
The Aidan Project:
The Aidan Project is one of Circle K's largest and most well-known projects. The project has received both single service awards from the Indiana Disrict of Circle K as well as awards at the national level. For the past 5 years hundreds of volunteers from both the South Bend community and the University have come together to create blankets for cancer patients across the country.
The Catholic Worker House was established in 1986 in order to house homeless families. It is a community of Catholic lay people who provide hospitality to poor and homeless families in the Michiana area. As a result of its small size, a more personal interaction with the residents can be built.
The South Bend Center for the Homeless has been in existence for over 20 years providing over 1.5 million meals to its clients. Circle K will help prepare and serve dinner at the center and bear witness to the center's efforts to break the cycle of homelessness through life-changing services.
This faith-based reentry program gives students the opportunity to assist, mentor, and tutor former prisoners as they make a safe, stable, and sound transition back into the community.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs, Hannah & Friends provides youth and adults with disabilities day programs and after school activities ranging from music to art to zumba.
Humane Society volunteers will help walk the dogs and take care of the cats, and even prepare animals for adoption by training and playing with them.
While helping local students with homework, you will be seen as a role model, a big brother or sister to these great kids. Your work will provide students with self-esteem and a positive look at the future through education and self-respect. Speaking Spanish is not a requirement (although not a detriment!).
Friday afternoons are the hot time to hit the local bowling alley! This project brings students to bowl together and socialize with our friends from the Logan Center, a residence for adults with physical or mental disabilities.
Volunteering at Memorial Hospital includes working in a variety of departments from the Emergency Room to Surgery Waiting and Escort Transport. We work directly with doctors and nurses and interact regularly with patients and their families. It is a great place to volunteer for anyone who wants the experience of working in a hospital!
Nursing Home Bingo:
Volunteers spend an hour playing bingo while getting to know incredible residents of a local nursing home who truly appreciate the company. Watch for the frequent winners toting socks full of quarters!
Queen of Peace:
Across the street at Saint Mary's Convent, Notre Dame joins SMC's Circle K for a great time with nuns in the early stages of Alzheimer's. The convent provides a social rather than a medical environment for the sisters with favorite activities like scarf dancing. You're sure to find that these incredible women will keep you on your toes as well.
Run through the South Bend Community School Corporation, Read to a Child seeks to promote literacy. Volunteers attend a 1-hour training given by a Read to a Child coordinator to learn "dos" and "don'ts" and receive a volunteer ID badge, but then meet with a student weekly to read together for half an hour.
Reins of Life provides balance and strength training to disabled children through horseback riding. Students, who must be willing to commit themselves weekly, will learn and interact with great kids while getting to work with horses and ponies at the same time.
The Ronald McDonald House is known as the "safe oasis" for families who have children who are suffering from a severe illness. The Family Room where Circle K students volunteer offers support directly to these families as well as a place where they can find comfort away from the hospital. Our volunteers will be working to keep the Family Room running smoothly (taking part in housekeeping chores), working at the secretary desk, and interacting with the families who come into the House to offer more comfort and support.
St. Mary's Convent:
Circle K works with SMC to socialize with nuns having a variety of needs volunteers provide attention and hope to these lovely ladies, yet many students return with a greater understanding and appreciation of life from viewing another perspective.
With many different sport offerings available, Special Olympics even provides students with the opportunity to volunteer on campus. Swimming takes place in our own Rockne Memorial Pool and pick-up basketball occurs in the Rockne Gymnasium. Other sports include ice skating, flat football, volleyball, and track and field.
Turning Over a New Leaf:
Turning Over a New Leaf is one of Circle K's signature projects for the fall semester. It is a great opportunity to get off-campus and help out the residents of South Bend. Every year, members of the South Bend community sign up to have volunteers help rake their lawns, and many members of Notre Dame's student population come out to aid our non-ND neighbors.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a Catholic lay organization with various locations in local communities. The goal of St. Vincent de Paul Society is to bring tangible help to those in local communities in direct ways whether it be through consultation, intervention, or monetary means. Circle K will be working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society by assisting in organizing and sorting donations for their thrift store.
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