Back the Bend 2020 

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With the University of Notre Dame's decision to cancel in-person classes for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester, it is with a heavy heart that we have no choice but to cancel Back the Bend 2020. It is a shame that we could not put this event together this year due to these unforeseen circumstances but we are confident that Back the Bend will return in 2021 better than ever! Hope everyone stays safe.


Back the Bend 2020 is a the 11th year that the University of Notre Dame has partnered with the South Bend community and other local colleges and universities to conduct a day of services. In its best year, over 600 volunteers participated in this day of service.

We believe it is everyone’s place to contribute to and meet members our community. Our slogan, “Together, It’s Our Place,” speaks to this belief and emphasizes the importance of collective action to build and maintain a flourishing community. This necessitates more than one day of service, but in coming together to accomplish meaningful projects, we strive to encourage relationships and partnerships that last far beyond this single day.

Community partners involved in providing volunteer projects for Back the Bend 2020 include the Robinson Community Learning Center, Real Services, South Bend Venues, Parks, and Arts, Unity Gardens, and various others. 

This year Back the Bend will be taking place on Saturday, April 25th. Click on the Projects tab to learn about this year's service opportunities.

Check-in will begin promptly at 8am in Stinson-Remick Hall. We will be departing for our projects by 9 am with volunteering running from 9:30am-12:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the Community Picnic at the Robinson Community Learning Center afterwards for lunch from 1-2pm. Please wear closed-toes shoes, long pants, and dress appropriately for the weather. Email with any questions.