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). In order to include a team in the online registration system, the Team Leader must register his/her team's name that will be added to the registration system and the Team Leader's contact information through our online registration, which will be available in February 2014. Team Leaders will attend a mandatory orientation during the month of February 2014 where they will receive event information and training. Some team ideas include:
*PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE EVENT.
On the Day of the Event
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 7:00 am in the Holmes Student Center. 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.
Kickoff Event at 7:30 am 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 spend a maximum of three hours at their worksite and can board a circulating bus as they complete their work.
A few helpful tips: