Community Service Opportunities


Last Updated: August 11, 2015

A complete list of all on-going volunteer opportunities is available here.



Hunger Action Month

Various dates and times both on and off campus

NIU is partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to present Hunger Action Month to the campus community this September. Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign created by Feeding America to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. The campaign brings greater attention to hunger in the United States and promotes ways for people everywhere to get involved in the movement. The goal of the month is to “Turn NIU Orange for Hunger Relief” during the month of September offering the NIU community with a variety of educational, service-based and reflective programs the focus on food security.

For a full calendar of events, visit the Hunger Action Month web page here.

Kite Fest

Kite Fest 2015

NIU North 40 Field (Lucinda Ave. and Kishwaukee Dr.)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

11am-4pm (Various 2 hour shifts)

Kite Fest will occur on Sunday, September 13th from 11am-4pm on the North 40 Field (Corner of Lucinda & Kishwaukee Drive) on campus.

10-15 volunteers are needed for the shifts listed below:

  • 9am-11am
  • 11am-2pm
  • 2pm-4pm
  • 4pm-6pm

Volunteer slots are in 2 hour blocks so you can still enjoy the fest. Tasks will be assigned the day of the event on an as needed basis, but some of the tasks include: directing traffic, set up and tear down, helping at the kite making station, keeping the field clear.

If you and/or your organization is interested in volunteering for one of the above shift(s) please register here:

If you have any questions about Kite Fest or this volunteer opportunity, email the Coordinators of the event at

Huskie Hack

September 25th-26th

Huskie Hack

Get ready for fun, challenge, and innovation at NIU’s first ever hackathon!  More than 350 students are expected to converge on NIU’s campus for 24 hours of brainstorming, coding and design – all aimed at solving problems for area hospitals, schools, libraries, museums, municipalities and public safety agencies. 

Friday, September 25, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Volunteers needed 6-10
- Stuffing attendee bags
- Assist with event chalking
- Assist with signange posting

Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:00 AM to Sunday, September 27, 2015 Noon.
- Registration Volunteers - (10:00 AM to Sunday morning)Check-in for participants, sponsors, mentors, community anchor institutions, volunteers
- Direction/Flow Monitors (10 AM to 2:00 PM) - 5 volunteers
- Door Monitors (throughout event- 4 hours starting 1:00 PM) 20 volunteers
- Bus Arrival/Departure Assistance - 6 volunteers
- MISC - 20 throughout event


Make a Difference Day (Fall Cares Day)

Saturday, October 3rd- Check-in at 9am, volunteering 10am-1pm

Check-in at Campus Life Building Lobby

Make a Difference Day sends NIU volunteers (students, faculty, and staff) into the community to assist area residents with lawn clean-up and other small neighborhood projects. This service opportunity allows NIU students the ability to give back to the DeKalb community as well engage with local residents. SILD offers a similar service event in the spring called NIU Cares Day. Make a Difference Day aims to provide aid to those who are unable to keep up with the increased lawn care needed in the fall to prepare for the winter months. Volunteers will be focusing on two neighborhoods in DeKalb, Pleasant Street and Ellwood Historic Neighborhoods, but will provide service to other areas as well.

Starting Monday, August 31st, volunteers will have a chance to register for the event as individuals or in teams of 5 or less at Registration will remailn active until Friday, September 25th or until all volunteer spaces fill. 

CROP Walk 

Sunday, October 18th - 3:00pm (registration begins at 2:00pm)
Sycamore United Methodist Church


CROP walks support local and global programs dedicated to the eradication of hunger. Last year's walk in DeKalb generated approximately $30,000! The goal this year $35,000. Will you make it happen? For more information, contact or download this flyer


Huskies Student Food Pantry

Huskies Student Food Pantry Logo

Grace Place Campus Ministry Builiding (401 Normal Road, De Kalb, IL) 

Volunteers are always needed at the Huskies Student Food Pantry. Students and/or student groups can volunteer to work when the pantry is open, help stock the shelves, unload food, etc.  Visit to register to volunteer or email with any questions you may have.

DeKalb County Communiversity Gardens

Various volunteer time slots available 


The Communiversity Gardens began in 2014 with three gardens – the Huskie Service Scholar Gardens, the Native Plant Garden and the Sandra Streed Memorial Garden. In their first growing season, the gardens raised about 500 pounds of food to donate. The Communiversity Gardens are unique among DCCG plots in that DCCG provides ongoing support, but NIU students and staff take the lead in maintaining the gardens. Volunteer to help the gardens today! 

Miscarriage Matters, Inc.

Volunteer hours are flexible. Make your own schedule! 

This web-based community offers support to the survivors of miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant loss. Members are offered a one-on-one support and mentoring program that is tailored to their individual needs. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Women of Empowerment and Miscarriage Matters 2 Men teams and are also needed for Live Chat Operators and Social Media Assistants. For more information about Miscarriage Matters volunteer opportunities please contact Elle Budano at


To submit a volunteer opportunity to be advertised on this page, please fill out this form.

Don't have transportation?

Try one of these bus lines!

NIU Huskie Bus Line
(free to NIU students)

Voluntary Action Center’s 
Green Line Bus
(50 cents per ride)