Free lead testing; Trivia Around the Bend; Free "Alphabet Soup" workshop; North Shore Triangle announces Focus Areas, and more

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Contact the NRC at: 
Neighborhood Resources Connection
115 N. William St.
South Bend IN 46601

Ron Silverman
NRC Board President

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Executive Director
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Join NRC for “Trivia Around the Bend” Friday, Nov. 16

NRC’s annual trivia fundraiser is right around the corner! Join us Friday, November 16 at The Hall at St. Peter’s. “Trivia Around the Bend” will be an evening of fun and fun facts about South Bend and other topics. The event will feature cash prizes for the winning table, a cash bar with beer/wine (including brews from South Bend Brew Werks), a snack bar, a gift card tree raffle, and more.

Advance tickets are on sale now -- sign up as an individual, a couple, or form a table of up to 8. The $10/person admission will support South Bend neighborhoods through the work of NRC.  Read more: Facebook event  |  Eventbrite tickets.

Free NRC Workshop: the Alphabet Soup of Community Development, Thursday, Nov. 15

Interested in how neighborhood improvement programs are funded? The Neighborhood Resources Connection’s 2018 Neighborhood Leadership Academy Workshop series continues with a workshop on The Alphabet Soup of Community Development.
Learn about Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts, what Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are and how they differ from neighborhood associations, and how federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds can benefit your local community.

Note: this is the rescheduled workshop originally planned for September. Thursday, November 15 at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the LaSalle Branch Meeting Room, SJC Public Library, 3232 W Ardmore Tr. More information: Webpage  |  Facebook event  |  RSVP.

Neighbors learn about code enforcement, nuisance laws at NRC's "Good Neighbor" Law Workshop

Did you miss last week's "Good Neighbor" Law workshop? We talked a little about the "Good Samaritan" statute, a state law that exempts neighbors from trespassing when landscaping a vacant property. See the ABC57 story on the workshop, or learn more about the Good Samaritan statute in the links below.

Thanks again to Ann Carol Nash from Halpin Slagh PC, Attorneys at Law and Marlaina Johns from the City of South Bend for presenting, and to the Volunteer Lawyer Network for lending their connections and expertise.

--> South Bend's Vacant & Abandoned Properties Initiative Resident Information Booklet (see Page 4)
--> Full text of the statue on
--> City of South Bend 311 knowledge base article

South Bend Brew Werks' Community Partner Happy Hour - Wed., Nov. 14

NRC is grateful to be one of the three Community Partners that South Bend Brew Werks' Beer4Good program supports. The Community Partners' Happy Hour is the public's chance to come learn more about NRC and how we put those donations to good use helping South Bend neighbors build better neighborhoods. The next one is coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Come out to SBBW from 5 - 6pm to have a good time with fellow neighbors, and learn about how the Community Partners are making a difference in our community!
Neighborhood Updates:
North Shore Triangle neighbors turn Idea Board thoughts into Focus Areas

At their association’s Annual Potluck on September 23, North Shore Triangle neighbors shared their ideas for a better neighborhood on NRC’s new “Idea Board,” a giant, portable outdoor whiteboard that NRC recently added to its Block Party Toolkit.

Neighbors submitted over thirty ideas (PDF) such as “more bike paths,” “live music in the park,” and “four-way stops” at the neighborhood’s busier intersections. While not all of the ideas may be achievable at once, NSTNA leaders have used the neighbors’ input to arrive at several new focus areas (PDF) for the organization. 

NRC was pleased to help facilitate the Idea Board exercise, as well as two Idea Sessions, to help the organization identify members who may be interested in the focus areas.

The NSTNA intends to present the focus areas and the dates for the next organizing meeting(s), at its upcoming Halloween party on October 27. For more information, watch the NSTNA webpage or follow the North Shore Triangle Neighborhood on

Neighborhood Newsletters

We're thrilled to see so many neighborhood organizations keeping their neighbors in the loop with periodic newsletters, most delivered door-to-door by volunteers! Here are a few of the latest:

City of South Bend Updates:
ReLeaf program begins October 29

The official start date of the 2018 Fall ReLeaf program is Monday October 29 and will run through Tuesday, November 27. City crews will make two passes to collect leaves from neighborhoods, street by street based on the schedule. However, if residents have leaves ready to collect prior to the start date, the City will take pickup requests starting October 15. During the week of October 22, pick-ups will begin for those residents who called-in. To request a pickup, residents need to call 311. Street-to-Street pick-ups will begin on Monday, October 29. Read more at 311.
Free lead testing available Friday, Oct 26

Nearly 80% of South Bend homes were built prior to 1980 and are therefore likely to contain lead paint. In South Bend, the largest source of lead poisoning in children is lead paint in older homes, however City water is not a source of lead exposure and is regularly tested for cleanliness and safety.

To warp up this week's Leade Prevention week, the City of South Bend is offering free testing for children 7 and under at the County City Building (227 W. Jefferson Blvd) 9am-3pm. Call (574) 235-9750 or click here for more information.

Calendar of Events

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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.