Mulch Madness 2019

Mulch Madness is returning to the Near Northwest Neighborhood on Saturday, April 27! Just look for the Mulch Madness signs. 

When: April 27th, 2019, from 10am-2pm
Where to meet: Parish Office 920 Wilber St. South Bend, IN 46628
Attire: Clothes you don't mind getting dirty
Need to bring: A smile

Help South Bend live lead safe! Many homes in South Bend have legacy leaded paint, particularly on exterior trim and walls.  This paint gets into the soil and in many homes, the soil around the home becomes a secondary source of lead exposure to kids. By putting a 3" layer of mulch down on bare soil around homes, we can prevent leaded soil from blowing into homes or being tracked in on people's feet, and protect kids from exposure.    

This year we are working with homes on or near Lawndale, Sancome, Van Buren, and Wilbur streets near Holy Cross school. NNN's Emily Dean and Andre Stoner have been knocking on doors with LIT team members Cristal Sicard, Chris Knaub, and a crew of volunteers from the Eck Global Health MS program at UND.  

The City of South Bend Organic Resources department has kindly provided us with 50 cubic yards of mulch, which is a LOT of mulch, and the city has also lent us shovels and rakes and wheelbarrows and buckets for spreading it.  ND LIT will have a portable X-ray fluorimeter on site to measure soil lead levels and we will also demonstrate our new home lead sample collection kit. Volunteers from the Notre Dame Back the Bend day and John Adams Volunteer Association will be there to spread mulch.  All we need is YOU!  

If you live in the area and want your home to be mulched, please contact us at or talk to the block captains during the event--we just need your permission to place the mulch.  

Mm Residents Help Spread The MulchResidents help spread mulch in 2018 Mulch Madness

Mm Marya And Meghanne At WorkMeghanne Tighe and Marya Lieberman test samples with portable X-ray fluorimeter at 2018 Mulch Madness