Community Service

NIU Cares Day

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Check-In: 8:00-9:00am (Tentative)

Volunteering: 10:00am-2:00pm

NIU Cares Day is a campus-wide day of community service. Volunteers comprised of NIU students, faculty, and staff come together once a year to complete projects that benefit DeKalb County’s not-for-profit organizations and community agencies as a way of thanking the community for their support of the institution and its mission. NIU volunteers are transported to locations around the county to spend the day planting, painting, cleaning, sorting, assisting with events, and various other tasks. 

Community Members

Does your agency, organization, or home need volunteers to complete projects? Consider participating as a Project Site for NIU Cares Day! To apply for registration as a Project Site, fill out the request form below:

Eventbrite - NIU Cares Day 2015- Project Site Registration

For more information on eligibility requirements, please click herePriority registration for Project Sites will end Friday, January 30, 2015.


*Note that campus initiatives that organize campus volunteers (mainly students) to perform a variety of service projects throughout the greater DeKalb Community cannot host project sites that are private property of Northern Illinois University faculty, staff, or students.

Project Site Leader and Kickoff Volunteer Opportunities

Are you a staff member, faculty member, or graduate assistant looking to work alongside students who are doing great things for the community? Consider volunteering for NIU Cares Day! To ensure the success of this event, NIU staff and faculty are needed to facilitate check-in, as well as to visit students while they are working on site. We are currently in the process of recruiting Project Site Leaders as well as Kickoff volunteers for the big day.

For more information on these volunteer roles and to register please click the link below:

Eventbrite - 2015 NIU Cares Day Staff Volunteer Sign-Up

NIU Cares Day Volunteers

Volunteer registration will occur in waves again this year starting with Team Leader registration in February 2015 and Team Member/Individual registration in March 2015.

Volunteer teams should contain no more than 10 people and must designate one individual to serve as the Team Leader (the leader and primary contact person for the team). For larger organizations, there is a maximum of three teams per organization and 10 members per team (30 total per organization). Some team ideas include a student organization, residence hall floor, a study group, group of friends, carpool crew, and/or co-workers.

In order for a team to be added to the online roster, the Team Leader must attend a MANDATORY orientation session.