Best Week Ever, Fremont Park splash pad celebration, Orange Walk against gun violence and more NRC news!

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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

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It's expanding NRC conversations with neighbors on quality of life.

Call me at 574.287.0425
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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


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NRC Program Notes

Save the date for a July 8 workshop offered through NRC's Neighborhood Leadership Academy! This session is focused on how South Bend's budget process works, and what it means for our neighborhoods. The public is invited to learn more about how to understand the budget, connect with city leaders and advocate for neighborhood priorities. To learn more about NLA, see the NRC website or call 574.287.0425 or email

NRC Community Partner Corner

Best. Week. Ever begins on Monday and runs through next week, with countless community partners -- NRC among them! -- celebrating South Bend. From the 94th Annual West Side Memorial Day Parade to the Sunburst Races and Studebaker Sock Hop, there's a packed schedule with something for nearly everyone. That includes NRC mascot Gerome the Gnome, who will be popping up at various BWE events, so watch for NRC Facebook photos of his travels as we get ready to launch this summer's "gnome spotting" contest.

South Bend neighborhoods are a cornerstone of Best Week Ever, including a planned Sunnymede Neighborhood Association event. They're doing the "Best Sunburst Fans Ever" with four hospitality tables throughout the neighborhood. People are invited to cheer on the runners and build Sunnymede spirit from 7 a,m. to 8:15 a.m. on June 3 -- and yes! -- there will be doughnuts too. To find out how other neighborhoods are participating in BWE, check the website.

South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight

Fremont Park neighbors are getting ready for the grand opening of a new splash pad in June, so watch Facebook for updates for a time next week! Other upcoming events for the Fremont Park and Fremont Youth Foundation include a June 1 "Kids Day" workshop in the park, and Shakespeare in the Streets at the end of July. The annual Stop the Violence Back To School Block Party is set for August 19.

The Fremont initiatives were launched by young African American community leaders seeking to improve quality of life and reduce the violence in their neighborhoods through a combination of programs and projects. They're seeking donation support for the August block party; please contact Kim Flowers at (574) 347-2431 to learn more about the organization and how you can help, or email

Neighborhood Toolbox Tip

If your neighborhood association meetings often turn to the topic of gun violence, safety and crime, here's a great chance for your members to show their commitment to South Bend and connect with community leaders seeking to end the violence. The South Bend Orange Walk will be held at 10 a.m. on June 3 at Zion United Church of Christ South Bend. The downtown march along the riverfront is followed by family-friendly events in Howard Park, and more information about how you can help end gun violence. Learn more about local participation in this national event at this link. 

Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods

Want to learn more about going solar in South Bend? There's a public information session on solar energy at 6:30 p.m. on June 6 at the St. Joseph County Public Library Main Branch, 304 S. Main.

Panelists include representatives from Inovateus Solar, Thrive Michiana and the South Bend Office of Sustainability. South Bend is seeking to achieve its status as a "solar friendly" community by July 2017, so don't miss out on this opportunity to hear more. For details about this event sponsored by MACOG contact Leah at or call 574.287.1829 ext. 801.

River Lights Music Festival
June First Fridays: Kids Night Out
South Bend Common Council meetings
St. Joseph County Council June 13 meeting

See more calendar events linked here.

The Neighborhood Resources Connection in South Bend is 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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