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.

The Department of 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 April 13, 2015.



Due to the overwhelming response of donations of goods, there are no more donations being accepted as we do not have any more space to house what’s been received. However, the Kirkland Fire Department is still accepting donations of gift cards. 

Monetary Donations

Area donation sites are reporting being overwhelmed with donated items. They are requesting that donations be in the form of cash, check, or gift card donations at this time. Monetary donations can be made online at

For the convenience of area residents, the DeKalb Police Department will continue to collect checks (these can be made out to Fairdale Relief Fund), cash, or gift cards. Gift cards to retail or restaurant establishments are welcome, as well as gift cards for general spending.

If dropping off cash, check, or gift cards to the Police Department, please place them in an envelope directed to Commander Leverton - Fairdale Relief Fund.
Thanks to our community for the tremendous outpouring of support.

Volunteer Opportunities

Americorps is coordinating the volunteer efforts for the disaster relief efforts. Volunteer registration is located atl be at the FS building at 5607 Route 72, Kirkland, IL from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Registration and waiver forms can be downloaded here. If you could print out the form, fill it out, sign it, and bring it with you to registration it would help tremendously.

Teams will be out at debris cleanup sites between 8am and 2:30pm as opportunities become available. If volunteers are interested in debris cleanup they must be 18 years old and have a valid photo ID with them at the time of check-in.

Please remember to dress appropriately for the volunteer work. Suggested clothing would be long pants, boots, and a hat to protect against the sun. Please no sandals or shorts! 

  • Huskie Alternative Breaks is now accepting applications for our 2015-2016 Site Leader Positions! For more information on application deadlines, qualifications, and information sessions dates, click here.

HAB Site Leader Info Flyer

  • 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 application 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 will work around the community on this annual day of service. Be a part of the crew!

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 which 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.