EYEN Youth Art Exhibit, NRC Quarterly Roundtable, New Interactive NRC Map, NENC Back-to-School Picnic, and more NRC news!

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NRC gnome T-shirt winners include Karen Haun, Amanda Klein, Caitlin Stevens and Jen Klein! Last gnome sightings continue through September on Facebook, where the first correct photo guess wins. T-shirts are on sale for $10 from NRC, and available online for $14. Thanks to Rich at Eco-Owl Press for the T design, and sponsors from Fast Signs, Artcraft Printers and River Park Business Association!

The South Bend Museum of Art features a photo exhibit that showcases the work of "Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods" participants, a program of NRC and the University of Notre Dame. The photos reflect the mission of EYEN, to promote community engagement and relationship in South Bend youth through the arts, dialogue and service. Learn more here. An Oct. 2 gallery celebration is planned.

Welcome Miami Village, SOAR and other emerging South Bend neighborhood groups! A new NRC map, designed with neighborhood identity and engagement in mind, is now available on the NRC website. The interactive map features photos, info links, popups, and more flexibility to add fun data. If you don’t see your own neighborhood, call NRC at 574.287.0425, and learn more on connecting with neighbors!
South Bend Things To Do and See

Sept. 24     Today's the day for visiting your old school! The 2015 celebration of SB150 continues with the Showcase of Schools from 4 to 7 p.m. Every SBCSC school, elementary too, will be open to visitors, with no RSVP required to check out the school in your new neighborhood, or feel the nostalgia of your old one! For details, see this link

Sept. 25     The NRC offers our condolences upon hearing the sad news that Connie Green, a tireless advocate for Far Westside neighbors, has died. Connie, seen here with NRC Board President Chuck Reger at a Dayton, Ohio, conference, was a career educator in South Bend schools for 38 years, retiring from Washington High School, and the recipient of many awards including the Rosa Parks Service Award from the Martin Luther King Senior Men's Club in South Bend. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cobb Funeral Home, with details on Saturday funeral services here
Sept. 25     Weekly Latin dancing begins this Friday at the Near Northwest Neighborhood center, California at Portage Avenue, from 8 to 11 p.m. Check out the Local Cup coffeehouse, too! Details here

Sept. 26     Join South Bend author Gabrielle Robinson for the book launch of "Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage." This story of South Bend's west-side heritage and the first African-American building coop features local residents who created a vibrant community, with guests from all over the country returning for the event. That's at 3 p.m. at IU South Bend Weikamp Hall. See more details here
Sept. 28    South Bend Common Council meets at 7 p.m. in the 4th Floor Chambers at the County City Building, 227 W. Jefferson Blvd. For meeting and committee info, see this link
Sept. 28     South Bend Science Cafe returns at 6 p.m. at Fiddlers Hearth, 127 N. Main St. This months' topic is "Genetic Testing: What’s true, false, and why I should care?” from Dr. Amy Stark, Director of the DNA Learning Center at the University of Notre Dame. Learn more here
Sept. 29     NRC holds its quarterly Neighborhood Roundtable, a gathering of neighborhood association leaders from across the city for networking and dialogue directed toward action on a range of community concerns. To learn more about how you might be included in the roundtables, contact Diana Hess at
Oct.1     Keller Park Neighborhood Association meets at 6 p.m. at Keller Park Church, 1003 W. Bryan.  For a current list of neighborhood meeting times and locations, check the NRC website here
Oct. 2     First Fridays in downtown South Bend celebrates Kids' Night Out with family-friendly events from 5 to 9 p.m. See details for events here
Oct. 2     The Northeast Neighborhood Council holds it annual Back-to-School community picnic from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Robinson Community Learning Center, 921 N. Eddy St. Free food, entertainment, fun and games for the whole family. This event welcomes our students back to the community, and is held in partnership with University of Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.

Oct. 3        A pet vaccination clinic begins at 10 a.m. at St. Adalbert's Church, 2420 Huron St. The clinic for cats and dogs is offered by South Bend Animal Care and Control, and The Humane Society. Contact SBACC for more details, and see the Facebook event page here

Coming Up:
October 14     The League of Women Voters plans a Fall Friend-Raiser from 6 to 8 p.m. at Temple Beth-El. This is an informal open house to meet friends and support League programs such as debates, forums, speakers, educational programs, voter registration and our Citizen's Guide to Representative Government. Learn more here
October 22     It's the annual Taste of Unity Harvest Celebration! Join Unity Gardens from 5 to 8 p.m. at Palais Royale for tapas offerings from local chefs, auction and more.  For details and tickets, see this link. Save the date! 
Each year, the University of Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns awards three Seed Grants to support community-based projects in partnership with faculty and students. These Ganey grants are designed to provide positive impact in South Bend, while creating learning and research opportunities. To learn more about the application process, see the link here. Deadline for application is January 11. 

Be sure to contact us at or call 574.287.0425 if you want to volunteer or sponsor an event or program. As always, stop and say hello to NRC at community events we support or projects in which we're engaged! Like NRC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @NRCNeighbors, and support us online at this link
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
Contact the NRC at: 
Neighborhood Resources Connection
217 S. Michigan St.
South Bend IN 46601


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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