NRC Program Notes
A hallmark of 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, with an online option too!
NRC Community Partner Corner
The NRC is always grateful to the support of the Pokagon Fund, and we're really interested in a community building project we heard about through the Michiana Pokagon Alliance. The Pokagon have their own podcast, called “Yajmownen,” which means “stories” in Potawatomi. There's a new one on the first Monday of each month, and if you're not a fan of podcasts, fear not -- we checked one out, and were impressed with the professional production quality and compelling story of "Healing Ogitchedaw," a Vietnam veteran and his return to community life.
In each episode, you can hear stories of Pokagon reconnecting with culture, reviving traditions, and reclaiming heritage, and this is a great way to learn more about the lives of your Native American community neighbors. It's also a concept for doing oral histories of the neighbors, and especially elders, in your own community! Subscribe to receive notifications of new episodes of the podcasts, which are available for your phone, tablet, or computer from iTunes or Google Play.
NRC Neighborhood Toolbox Tip
Has your neighborhood considered doing a community-wide food drive during the holidays? While there are plenty of parties -- and we do love parties at NRC -- we've also seen some South Bend neighbors focus on collecting goods to stock their local food pantries. It's a lot of fun, and a great project for getting youth involved in connecting with their neighbors face to face.
Some neighborhood associations, such as the Northeast neighborhood, host their own community-based pantries that specifically serve neighbors in that zip code. Others, like Church Lady and Friends in River Park, or Broadway Christian Parish in the SOAR community, keep a local presence while serving a wider group of clients. Check the link here to see all food pantry locations or explore options for starting your own!
South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight
Karen "Coco" Schefmeyer has long been part of the Howard Park/East Bank Neighborhood Association leadership team and continues to build community. Coco works closely with both residents and businesses in the up-and-coming near downtown district. She's a friend to the pet community with strong interests in gardens, green space and our city's parks.
Coco's group meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Zion United Church of Christ, 715 East Wayne St. 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
America Recycles Day is on November 15, so now's a good time to check out your own commitment to recycling and look at ways to boost recycling in our neighborhoods. There's also a Sustainability Showcase planned for IU South Bend with the public invited to share ideas on November 18, that includes a look at native-plant gardens, walkways, beehives, composting and more. Discussion meetings are at 8 a.m. and noon at the River Crossing Community Building,1735 Titan Drive.
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
and more calendar events linked here!