Students assist with community projects as part of Back the Bend

Author: Erin Blasko, Media Relations

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Earlier this month, Notre Dame students participated in Back the Bend, an annual day of service in South Bend facilitated by students at local colleges and universities.

Organized by Notre Dame Student Government with support from the Robinson Community Learning Center, Back the Bend offers students the opportunity to engage with the local community and be a “force for good” in the world.

Students assisted the following groups and organizations with a variety of projects:

  • South Bend Venues Parks & Arts
  • The Notre Dame Lead Innovation Team (ND-LIT)
  • The Notre Dame Center for Civic Innovation
  • The Robinson Community Learning Center
  • South Bend Bike Garage
  • Unity Gardens
  • Green Bridge Growers
  • La Casa de Amistad
  • Transformation Ministries
  • Hope Ministries

ND-LIT, for its part, organized students to spread mulch and hand out lead testing kits as part of Mulch Madness, an annual event aimed at reducing childhood lead exposure in the community.

Lala Petty is director of community outreach for Notre Dame Student Government.

“Back the Bend allows students to experience spiritual belonging in new ways, which stems from being in community with others and serving others,” said Petty, a pre-professional studies and Spanish double major from South Bend.

On a more personal note, she said, “as a native of South Bend, I want to show students life outside campus. I want them to know that our campus is part of a beautiful city and that they should go out and foster connections and serve them as well."

Formerly Communiversity Day, Back the Bend strives to foster long-lasting relationships between students and residents. Its slogan is “Together, It’s Our Community."

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