Trivia Around the Bend Fundraiser,  Halloween Tips and Times, EYEN 2017 signups and more NRC news!

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for your own South Bend neighborhood.

Contact the NRC at: 
Neighborhood Resources Connection
217 S. Michigan St.
South Bend IN 46601

Nick Pittman, Neighborhood Leadership Academy graduate and
NRC Board President

Diana Hess, Executive Director

Thanks South Bend Tribune for focus on neighborhood challenges!
It's expanding NRC conversations with neighbors on quality of life.

Call me at 574.287.0425
to see how you can get involved.
Positive Community Impact with
Neighborhood Leadership Academy 
Consuella Hopkins, NLA
Lincolnway West Annual Cleanup
Engaged citizens build neighborhood identity
and improve quality of life


Community Homebuyers Corporation Homeownership Assistance Program
The Homeowner Assistance Program is the result of six local financial institutions joining with the City of South Bend to help people get a good home at an affordable price.  For those who qualify and meet some simple ongoing criteria, grant money is available as a forgivable loan equal to 20% of the purchase price based on household income.  See


LangLab 1302 High St. 


NRC Program Notes

Think you know your South Bend history? Come prove it, and sign up for NRC's Trivia Around the Bend fundraiser! That's November 5 at The Hall at St. Peter’s, at Rockne and Ironwood. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with trivia rounds starting at 7 p.m.  Food, beverages (including a cash bar featuring wine & beer), a cash prize and more await you -- plus a little friendly competition among friends and neighbors.

Tables are just $80, limit of eight people per table, so South Bend neighbors can participate for as little as $10. It's easy to register online here or by mailed check. But hurry, because there are only 15 tables available! We'd love to hear your table is reserved by October 31. (Checks can be mailed to: NRC, PO Box 1693, South Bend, 46601) 

We’d love to see friendly competition between our neighborhood associations, but everyone is welcome to fill the 15 tables so please share with your neighbors and friends!

If your business would like to sponsor a trivia round or table, or donate a gift card, please call the NRC office at 574.287.0425 or email Diana at for sponsor details. That’s the same contact for more information, so feel free to connect. 

NRC Community Partner Corner

The NRC and League of Women Voters have long worked together on neighborhood-focused civic projects, so NRC Executive Director Diana Hess, left, was especially pleased to receive this year's 2016 LWVSBA Making Democracy Work Award, presented by Geri Pawelski, at the league's annual "friendraiser" on Wednesday night. Here's what Diana said:

"I am humbled by this honor especially as it comes from an organization I so greatly admire and respect. I am also a League member, having first joined in the mid-1970s.  I am further humbled to join such esteemed previous award winners, the Honorable Michael Gotsch, Jack Colwell, and Richard Pfeil. Not sure how I made it into this accomplished group but thank you.

To receive an honor for something you plug away at every day because, well, it is just part of your DNA is particularly meaningful to me. Our mission at Neighborhood Resources Connection is to engage neighbors, and empower community.  We help neighbors claim their community power by providing them with the tools and support they need to engage, organize, mobilize, and collaborate with each other because neighborhoods are at the core of our democracy and the soul of our community."

Be sure to congratulate Diana on her award and the hard work she does in South Bend neighborhoods!

NRC Neighborhood Toolbox Tip

Neighborhoods are the heart of Halloween fun, so be sure to watch for little ones making their spooky rounds! The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some great safety tips for everything from planning a costume to carving a pumpkin with little people. For folks with pets, there's a few ideas for keeping furry friends safe and happy here too!

South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight

South Bend neighbor Leroy Cobb has been a friend to many including the NRC! Mr. Cobb completed the NRC's Neighborhood Leadership Academy in Fall 2013, but with his Better Homes project on the city's west side, he was already a leader in 1953. That's when Mr. Cobb first moved to Elmer Street after he began the hard work of building a community for African Americans seeking better housing, better neighborhoods and fair treatment in both. 

Mr. Cobb, seen here in a South Bend Tribune photo, received a key to the city presented earlier this year by Mayor Pete Buttigieg. He is the last surviving member of that original Better Homes initiative, and continues to make contributions in the Far West Side Neighborhood. Mr. Cobb also often attends Community Forum for Economic Justice meetings at the LaSalle Branch Library, held every third Tuesday of the month.

For a complete list of South Bend neighborhood groups and meetings, check 
here. Call the NRC office at 574.287.0425 too, and tell us about neighbors, programs and events you'd like to see featured.

Sustainability in SB Neighborhoods

A hallmark of our sustainable South Bend neighborhoods is their investment in people and especially youth. The NRC Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods program is available again in 2017, and we're starting to take applications now! This 12-week program is free to South Bend residents in grades 6 through 12, and begins on January 18 at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture in the Near Westside neighborhood. The NRC offers EYEN in partnership with University of Notre Dame faculty and students focused on youth leadership training and community engagement. Learn more at the website, where you'll find the flyers and forms you need too.

Upcoming Council, Committee Meetings
The next South Bend Common Council meeting is scheduled for November 14, with St. Joseph County Council set for November 15. To see the city schedules, committee meeting notices or the full Common Council agenda, see this link. If you want to see all of the city districts or know who your own Common Council representative is, see the map tool. 

South Bend ReLeaf pickup schedule
Trick or Treat Time!
Youth Voices Matter

and more calendar events linked here!
The Neighborhood Resources Connection in South Bend is a member of the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development, and an affiliate member of Neighborhoods USA. NRC programs are free to South Bend residents and are funded in part with the assistance of the City of South Bend Community Development Program with funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977.




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