Service in South Bend

Mercy Works 

One of the ways Notre Dame students of all backgrounds serve in our South Bend community is through Mercy Works. Mercy Works seeks to bring students and community members together in mutual appreciation of the dignity of all human beings.

Students engage in weekly service, working together in small groups to encounter people in the South Bend community. Students also gather for dinner once a month to reflect together on their experiences of receiving and extending mercy on and off campus in light of both faith/spirituality and issues of justice and the common good.  No past service experience is required, and students of all faith traditions and backgrounds are welcome!

Key elements of the Mercy Works program include:

  • Encounter with the marginalized: Serve 2-4 hours a week in person at a community organization based on your interests and availability.  Some sites require only a six week commitment.
  • Build Community: Get to know other Notre Dame students with shared values and build friendships across campus and beyond. 
  • Community Night Dinners: Gather with the entire program monthly for prayer, guided reflection, relationship building, and delicious food!  This is a required part of the commitment to Mercy Works.
  • Dining Hall Gatherings: Gather weekly in the dining hall to reflect on your experience of encounter at the margins and get to know each other better.  These lunch gatherings are optional.

If students would like to plan a separate service experience for their residence hall or club, please contact Becky Czarnecki directly.

Community Partners

By visiting our community partners on a weekly basis, students are afforded the opportunity to form real relationships with folks in our South Bend community.  Students may choose to feed the hungry, tutor adults on the road to recovery, play with children, or so much more.  Check out our community partners and consider where you might be called to serve.  The details and time slots for each organization are included on the form below.

…and more!

How do I participate?

Sign up now or contact Becky Czarnecki with questions or concerns first.

Ready to serve? Sign up now!


  • Becky Czarnecki, Assistant Director of Faith and Justice, +1 574-631-9738