Community Service


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.

Student Involvement & Leadership Development firmly believes in the value of service to one's community and has thus incorporated community service as a component of the Department's focus.

Community Service News:

Last Updated June 1, 2015.

  • Registration for the 2015 Volunteer Fair is now live! To register your community agency or non-for-profit organization, click here.
  • Are you looking for volunteer opportunities to participate in over the summer? Check out our volunteer opportunities page for a list of service events in Dekalb County and Chicagoland!
  • We are still collecting Pop Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities! Click here for more information on our 'Huskies Can Make a Difference' campaign and donation locations. Help NIU make the 'Thanks a MILLION' Club of the RMH Near Advocate Children's Hospital!


We're on our way to 1 million! (Box located in the Campus Life Building lobby)

  • 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!

Community Service Programs: 

Students work on a house for NIU Cares Day

NIU Cares Day

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 hundreds of students worked around the community on this annual day of service. Be a part of the crew - Check back for 2016 updates in the fall! 

Students on Alternative Break

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.


Elderly at nursing home

Volunteer Opportunities

Find current and ongoing volunteer opportunities in our communiversity!

Students pack at the Northern Illinois Food Bank

Hunger and Homelessness
Awareness Week

A nationally recognized week dedicated to raising awareness of hunger and homelessness in the nation.

NIU Can Logo

Huskies Can Make a Difference

Learn more about our campus-wide can drive and pop tab collection competitions.

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.