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NIU Cares Day scheduled for April 18

April 8, 2009

NIU Cares Day, an annual service event that brings students, faculty and staff members together to complete service projects throughout Sycamore and DeKalb, is scheduled for Saturday, April 18.

Students rake leaves from a sidewalk during NIU Cares Day 2007

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a kickoff at the Chick Evans Field House and continues through 4 p.m.

It benefits not-for-profit community agencies and individual residents. Past community partners have included the DeKalb Park District, the Salvation Army, T.A.I.L.S. Humane Society, District 428 schools and the DeKalb and Sycamore public libraries.

NIU Cares Day is seeking faculty, staff members and graduate assistants to serve as project site leaders.

PSLs work alongside the student volunteers at each site. They maintain communication with the site staff contact throughout the day as well as the student team leader(s) in order to ensure things are running smoothly and in a way that keeps everyone safe. They also work with student team leaders to facilitate small-group discussion on-site, regarding the impact of the day’s work on the community and on the volunteers themselves.

Training will be provided. Interested individuals can register online with the Project Site Leader Team or contact Becky Harlow, assistant director in Student Involvement & Leadership Development, at or (815) 753-6703.