NIU student volunteers are the heart of NIU Cares Day. On the day of the event, volunteers are provided a light snack and t-shirt, then shuttled to sites around DeKalb county to complete various projects for not-for-profit organizations and community agencies. Volunteers can expect to find themselves painting, cleaning, or providing support for events. NIU Cares Day volunteer teams will be assigned to project sites according to the needs of the organizations and the experience level of the teams. Organizations that NIU has 'cared' for in past years include:
NIU Cares Day Registration
Volunteer registration will occur waves this year starting with Team Leader registration in February 2014 and Team Member/Individual registration in March 2014. Students can register as individuals (register for Team-NIU Cares) or in teams. Volunteer teams should can contain no more than 15 people and must designate one Team Leader (the leader and primary contact person for the team). Some team ideas include:
**All five team leader orientations have been completed and we are unable to add any new teams at this point. Please register as an individual with 'Team - NIU Cares' if your team is not available and you still wish to participate**
Team Leaders were required to attend a mandatory Team Leader Orientation Session in order to register their Team's name with the online registration system.
Students can register as individuals (register for Team-NIU Cares) or with a team listed in the drop-down menu . Online registration will be available from March 3-28, 2014.
*PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE EVENT.
Join us for a free lunch and listen to guestspeaker Nancy Lublin speak about how to actively do something to change the world. Lublin is the CEO of Dosomething.org which is one of the largest non-for-profits for young people and social change. She also founded Dress for Success which helps women transition from welfare to work. Lublin was selected by The World Economic Forum (WEF) as a Young Global Leader in 2007 and named one of the 50 Most Powerful by The NonProfit Times. She has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, CNN, and in People magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. Learn more about Nancy Lublin and the great work she does here.
The event will be held between 1:30 - 3:30pm in the Holmes Student Center's Duke Ellington Ballroom. All NIU Cares Day volunteers are welcome! Come as you are!
**Be sure to indicate that you will be attending this free luncheon when you register for NIU Cares Day 2014!
NIU Cares Day will provide one shift of workers from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Volunteer check-in for the morning program begins at 6:30am in the Holmes Student Center Art Gallery Lounge. Volunteers will check in individually and project sites will be assigned. Volunteers can enter the ballroom for music, t-shirt pick-up, and to meet with their teams.
The Kickoff Event begins at 7:30am in the Duke Ellington Ballroom and consists of a short program featuring speakers from the university and community. Volunteers are then dismissed to board buses to head to their work sites. Volunteers will work at their site until 12:00pm and can board a circulating bus as they complete their work.
There will be a 'Thank-You Lunch' for all NIU Cares Day volunteers in the Holmes Student Center's Duke Ellington Ballroom at 1:30pm!
A few helpful tips: