Community Service


Community Service News:

Last Updated February 4, 2016

  • NIU Cares Day 2016 Updates

    • VOLUNTEERS: In order for a team to participate in NIU Cares Day, the Team Leader must attend a MANDATORY orientation session. At this orientation session, Team Leaders will receive information on NIU Cares Day policies and have an opportunity to register their team name for the big day! Orientation dates can be found here.

    • COMMUNITY MEMBERS: Applications for 2016 NIU Cares Day project sites are now being accepted online here and have a priority deadline of Friday, January 29, 2016. If you have any questions about this application or need assistance, please give us a call at 815-753-0919.

  • HUSKIE ALTERNATIVE BREAKS is still accepting applications for the International Alternative Break trip to Nicaragua occuring May 15-22, 2016! APPLY NOW!

  • Are you an organization looking to recruit NIU volunteers for your event? Fill out this electronic volunteer opportunity form to have your event featured on our website!

  • We are still collecting Pop Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities! Help NIU make the 'Thanks a MILLION' Club of the RMH Near Advocate Children's Hospital! Tab drop off boxes are located in the Campus Life Building lobby and NIU Campus Recreation Center.

Community Service Programs: 

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NIU Cares Day

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, SILD will host its 10th Annual Day of Service, NIU Cares Day! 

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Huskie Alternative Breaks

Join fellow Huskies as they participate in community service throughout the country during Alternative Break trips.

Students visit with organizations that need volunteers.

Volunteer Fair

The Volunteer Fair allows students an opportunity to explore local volunteer opportunities in the DeKalb community.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Find current and ongoing volunteer opportunities in our communiversity!

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Hunger Initiatives

Learn about the different ways our office is working to address the social issue of hunger.

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Pull Together: Pop Tab Collection Program 

Help us collect tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Near Advocate Children's Hospital!

Community Service, a functional area of Student Involvement & Leadership Development, focuses on providing our students with opportunities to connect to and make a difference in their community. Through service, students not only enrich their community, but also gain hands-on experience in various work fields, build relationships with their peers, and learn valuable networking skills.

To find the service opportunity that best fits you, browse this Community Service website. From there, simply view our volunteer opportunities page for upcoming events. If you are still unsure about which opportunity would best suit you, please feel free to contact Destiny McDonald at or call 815-753-6511 to schedule a consultation.