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 October 8, 2015

  • HUSKIE ALTERNATIVE BREAKS applications are due Friday, October 9th by 4:00pm in the Campus Life Building Room 150! Don't miss out on a chance to participate in a life-changing service trip!
  • 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're on our way to 1 million! (Box located in the Campus Life Building lobby and NIU Campus Recreation Center)

Community Service Programs: 

Students work on a house for NIU Cares Day

NIU Cares Day

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

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 Initiatives

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

NIU Can Logo

Huskies Can Make a Difference

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

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.