NRC News: Giving Tuesday success, River Park Holiday Party, Kennedy Park elections, Walking Tour Celebration of Trees, City lead screening, and more.    

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NRC exceeds Giving Tuesday goal

Thank you, South Bend! On Giving Tuesday, you helped NRC beat our fundraising goal of $2,019 to kick-start our 2019 programs. We are blessed to live and work in a community where residents and local nonprofits support each other, and we thank each and every one of you who donated or helped us get the word out. See how your donations help South Bend neighbors

Congratulations to Breakfast Basket winner Corey Noland

We’re especially grateful for those of you who were ready and able to meet us at the 8:00 a.m. starting line for Facebook matching! Thirteen names went into the hat to win NRC’s Breakfast Basket, and we’re pleased to announce that Corey Noland is the lucky winner of some tasty Bendix Coffee, a gift certificate to South Blend Cafe, and a pretty sweet travel mug. Thank you Corey, and everyone who participated! 

South Bend Brew Werks' Community Partner Happy Hour - Wed., Dec. 12

Once a month, the three Community Partners graciously supported by South Bend Brew Werks' Beer4Good program get together and just celebrate our community. This month, though, you get a two-fer: it’s also the beer release party for The Music Village’s beer of the month! Swing by Brew Werks on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 5-8pm to try the brew, and learn more about the three Community Partners. Details.
Neighborhood Updates:

River Park Holiday Party is Sunday

River Park neighbors, you're invited to your neighborhood association’s annual Holiday Party this Sunday. Enjoy crafts, kids’ games, and even sit with Santa for photos. Free for residents of River Park, and nearby neighbors and friends. Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at The Well. Visit RPNA’s Facebook page for details. Missed last year’s party? See the video.

Coquillard Woods luminaria is December 24

Residents of the Coquillard Woods neighborhood have a new neighborhood tradition to enjoy - snowy streets lined with hundreds of lit candles! This is the third year neighbors have organized the Luminaria event. If you live in the Coquillard Woods neighborhood and want to learn more or keep up with other happenings in your neighborhood, request to join the Coquillard Woods Facebook group. See the Luminaria event here.

Kennedy Park officer nominations open now through Dec. 31

Kennedy Park residents, your neighborhood association’s Annual Membership Meeting is coming up on January 15. That’s when all KPNA members are invited to elect your 2019 officers and board of directors. Interested in running for a position? Read the details here, then contact the nominations committee or submit a nomination petition by the deadline.

Kennedy Park Holiday Party December 18

KPNA meets on the third Tuesday of every month, but the December meeting will be special: it’s KPNA’s Holiday Party! All Kennedy Park residents are invited to meet neighbors, learn more about KPNA, and enjoy some Holiday fun. Tuesday, December 18, 6:00 p.m at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 116 Birdsell. All Kennedy Park neighbors are invited. Follow KPNA’s Facebook page for additional details.

Near West Side presents Survey results at Holiday Mixer

NRC enjoyed visiting Near West Side neighbors last weekend at the NWSNO’s Holiday Mixer at the Civil Rights Heritage Center. Neighbors enjoyed potluck dishes, getting acquainted, and hearing a short presentation on the results of the neighborhood survey project. Neighbors then reviewed and ranked the results to provide further input on the priorities and directions that the NWSNO might take on behalf of residents in 2019 and beyond. To follow the survey project and other upcoming neighborhood events, see the NWSNO Facebook page.
Howard Park potluck December 19, 7 pm

The December meeting of the Howard Park neighborhood association will be a potluck to welcome new residents to the neighborhood, and help current residents get acquainted. Any resident of the Howard Park neighborhood is welcome - see the Facebook event for details.

Downtown neighborhood association organizers get underway

NRC has had the privilege of attending two meetings with the organizers of a soon-to-be-formed Downtown neighborhood association. Planners are recruiting residents and soliciting ideas for the organization’s agenda. Their first order of business? It’s still in the works, but keep your eyes peeled for a social event sometime around February for residents of the Downtown area (including adjacent neighborhoods). It’s being coordinated by the Downtown organizers, NRC, and the DTSB’s Residential Committee. If you live downtown and would like to have a voice in your neighborhood, let the organizers know here.

NNN announces 2019 community dates

The Near Northwest Neighborhood has announced the dates for their 2019 programs. NNN neighbors and friends, mark your calendars for:
  • Chili Supper - Wednesday, February 27
  • Adopt a Block - Saturday, April 13 (tentative)
  • Annual Meeting - Thursday, May 9
  • Arts Cafe - Sunday, September 29
Associations create neighborhood-themed Christmas trees at NDCAC

A variety of community-themed Christmas trees will be on display Sunday at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, including two neighborhood-themed trees decorated by local neighborhood organizations. The Kennedy Park Neighborhood Association tree was decorated by youth from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center’s after school program, and the Near West Side Neighborhood Organization’s tree displays an impressive collection of ornaments created using images of homes in the neighborhood.  These trees and others decorated by community organizations will be one of many destinations on the Historic Holiday Walking Tour on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Details.
City of South Bend Updates:
Free lead screening for children under 7

To promote the health of South Bend children, the City of South Bend and the St. Joseph County Health Department, in partnership with the South Bend Community School Corporation and South Bend Medical Foundation, are providing free lead screening at Madison STEAM Academy (832 n. Lafayette Blvd.) on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 3:30pm-6:30 pm. Free lead screening will be provided for any child under seven years old. For the convenience of parents, the lead screening event will be held at the same time as parent-teacher conferences at Madison Steam Academy. Flyers: English (PDF) | Español (PDF). 

Visit to learn how to access free lead testing, schedule a risk assessment, take action at home, and apply for funding.
Free pet photos, and “Operation Silent Night” with South Bend Animal Care and Control

South Bend Animal Care and Control is offering photos with Santa from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15. For a $10 donation to SBACC, families will receive a 4”x6” photo print and digital copy. Here’s a purr-fect opportunity to see the cats and dogs available for adoption and find your furever friend!

On December 22, SBACC will hold “Operation Silent Night” from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Volunteers and staff would like every animal to be adopted by 5:00 p.m. in hopes of finding them homes for Christmas, thus creating a “Silent Night” at the shelter. SBACC will provide refreshments and activities for both two- and four-legged family members. More info

Calendar of Events

Mark your calendar and watch for more details about these upcoming events
  • 1st Thursday of every month at 6:45 pm - South Bend Police Department's Monthly Crime Meeting. 701 W. Sample - enter through west end at the training doors.

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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.