Community Service

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Huskie Paws for a Cause (HP4C) is a year-long program for students dedicated to serving others and making a difference in their communities. Throughout the school year, students have opportunities to participate in campus and community service experiences focused on a different social issue each month. Social issue education and reflection activities will help students to understand the root causes of social issues and explore possible solutions to these issues within the DeKalb community and the Nation. Participants assist with the implementation of programs on campus such as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Make A Difference Day, and NIU Cares Day. This program is a great opportunity for those individuals who are enthusiastic about being a part of the growing student service movement.

Advance registration is required for all HP4C events. The registration deadline is one week prior to the project date. Drop by the Student Involvement & Leadership Development office (Campus Life Building, Room 150) or fill out the online registration form here to register for a HP4C event.

Video Credit: Northern Star

NIU students, including members of Alpha Kappa Lambda were a huge part in making the Heritage Woods Prom a success. Check out this video of our awesome students in action!

2014-2015 HP4C Events 

FALL 2014


Saturday of Service (Welcome Days)

Holmes Student Center (Diversions Lounge)

August 23, 2014

Volunteer Fair

Art Gallery Lounge

August 24, 2014

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to research local volunteer opportunities in DeKalb, Sycamore, and the surrounding communities by visiting the SILD Volunteer Fair any time between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th in the Art Gallery Lounge in the Holmes Student Center. The fair is free for members of the NIU community to attend and is a terrific opportunity to visit with representatives from many organizations at once. 


Plans for this event are still being confirmed. Please check back often for more information.


Make a Difference Day

Date to be determined...


November 16th - November 22nd

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is still in process, but if you are interested in hosting an event to support hunger and homelessness awareness during this week, please click here and fill out this form.



Plans for this event are still being confirmed. Please check back often for more information.


Plans for this event are still being confirmed. Please check back often for more information. 


Alternative Spring Break Trips (Huskie Alternative Breaks)

Tentative: March 7-14, 2015

Northern Illinois University's Huskie Alternative Breaks (HAB) program has been sending students to participate in community service throughout the United States since its founding in 2009, when compassionate Huskies joined together to provide their assistance in the wake of Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas. HAB strives to raise awareness and educate students about social issues by providing an opportunity for alternative breaks that will inspire them to become active members of society and leaders in their communities.

More information about this year's trips and locations will be forthcoming.


NIU Cares Day

Holmes Student Center - Art Gallery Lounge

April 11, 2015