Fishermen help the South Bend community in a variety of ways, through many generous acts of service. Fisher has a strong service program, and there are ample opportunities for incoming freshmen to get involved. Here are a few examples:
- Dismas House: Dismas House is Fisher’s main service project. Every Tuesday of the school year, Fishermen cook and enjoy meals with the residents of Dismas House. Dismas House, a halfway house in South Bend, is designed to ease the transition of formerly imprisoned people back into society, and the residents maintain a great relationship with Fisher Hall.
- Center for the Homeless: Fisher also sends students to the Center to hang out with teen residents as part of the Center’s Teen Resilience Program. Some activities include watching movies, taking the teens for a meal at South Dining Hall, going bowling, attending Notre Dame sporting events, and playing basketball on the Bookstore Courts.
- The Aiden Project: The Aiden project is a service project founded by a Notre Dame student that makes blankets for children battling cancer. Fishermen walk over to South Dining Hall each year to make blankets in the largest service project on campus.
- Teamwork for Tomorrow: An organization founded by one of our own Fisherman that pairs a local student with a mentor for tutoring several hours a week, every week of the semester.
- Pick for the Sick: An NCAA Basketball pool that Fishermen enter for $5 each. The winner gets a $50 gift card to the bookstore. In the past, the rest of the money has gone to the American Cancer Society, although this past year the money went to assist those affected by the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
- Super Sibs: Super Sibs is a program that provides support and friendship to area children who have siblings with disabilities. Each child is matched with a Notre Dame student mentor. For more information, talk to Super Sib and Fisherman Kyle Blanco.
- Miraculous Metals: Each of the large recycling bins on each floor has a separate bin for aluminum cans only. The cans are collected and sold as scrap metal to raise money for the Catholic Worker.
Those interested in becoming involved in Fisher volunteering should watch out for any dorm announcements concerning service opportunities and look out for service commissioner Chris Wynkoop. We would also love to hear from you with any suggestions or ideas that would help us in our mission of service.