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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance

We offer a variety of activities throughout the year for students to show their support for safety and awareness activities, including, but not limited to, consent, Title IX/Sexual Misconduct and sexual assault, stalking and mental health awareness months.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Distributing information around campus
  • Blogging and posting on social media
  • Posting informational flyers
  • Gathering data
  • Attending events which promote the safety of all at NIU.

For more information visit or contact Susan Swegle to volunteer! 

First United Methodist Church

317 N. 4th Street, DeKalb
4th Sunday of each month at 5 p.m

Help prepare or serve a free community meal for those in need of food or companionship. Learn more and sign up online.

For more information contact Vicki Boone or call 815-751-3397


Bethany Health Care

3298 Resource Parkway, DeKalb, IL 60115

Volunteers are needed to help in assisting residents and running activity programs. For more information please contact Allison Hutchinson by phone at 815-756-5526.

Huskie Food Pantry

South side of Chick Evans Field House, NIU Campus, DeKalb, 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 Huskie Food Pantry to register to volunteer or send an email with any questions you may have.

Children's Home + Aid

1430 Dekalb Ave. Sycamore, IL 60178
Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m.

Parents Care + Share is a program through Children's Home + Aid that provides support groups for parents and caregivers. These support groups give parents and caregivers an opportunity to learn new skills, engage in meaningful conversation, and expand their support networks all in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect. An important part of these support groups is CHILDCARE. By providing childcare, parents and caregivers are able to fully engage in a group that is beneficial for themselves and their families. We are seeking experienced childcare for our groups.

This is a paid position. You get $20 for each session of childcare. This is a great way to volunteer your time and an easy way to make some extra money! To get started, contact Darci Thompson or call 309-834-5240 to schedule an interview.

iGlow Mentoring

233 S. Wacker Drive 84th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606

At iGlow Mentoring, our mission is to effect change in young girls by renewing their minds and restoring values. However, we can’t accomplish this task alone. We need you! Volunteers are a vital part of our success. By donating a small portion of time, you can make a big impact in the lives of the young girls we serve.  Together we can Inspire Girls to Lead Our World! For more information please email us

Current Volunteer Positions Available
  • Event Coordinator for girls nonprofit
  • Social Media intern
  • Administrative Assistant for boys nonprofit
  • Administrative assistant for Girls nonprofit

Creando Caminos

Volunteer with this after school program for students of Littlejohn Elementary School. Creando Caminos provides academic support and mentoring through one-on-one and small group activities. For more information about this semester's schedule please contact James "Twigz" McGuire.

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.

Crisis Line of Fox Valley

309 New Indian Trail Court
Aurora, IL 60506

The Crisis Line of Fox Valley is a free service provided by the Association for Individual Development. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers receive free, confidential support and counseling from qualified employees and well-trained community volunteers. Potential volunteers need to contact Maureen or call 630-966-4020 for an application.

Adult day program volunteer opportunities are also available in Elgin, Aurora, Yorkville and Batavia.

PALS Programs

PALS Programs is looking for volunteers to staff 10 summer camp locations around the country, from Maine to California. Camp PALS provides one-week sleepaway camps for teens and young adults with Down syndrome. Counselors are paired one to one with campers for the week of amazing activities and trips. Apply to volunteer and be sure to visit the PALS Programs website or Facebook page for more information about camp dates and locations. Hope to see you this summer!

DeKalb County 4-H

Share your time and talents while gaining real-world work experiences. Try something new and different. 4-H is seeking mentors to lead DeKalb County youth in various project activities. Make a difference in your community by being part of a new adventure. DeKalb County 4-H is recruiting mentors to teach short-term Special Interest clubs on subjects that are interesting to both the mentor and the 4-H member. Photography, Cooking, Art, Theater, Gardening, Robotics and Dogs are just a few examples of potential clubs that can be offered with your help.

Youth Development training and support will be provided so no prior teaching experience is needed. Volunteer around your busy schedule and invite your friends to be a mentor with you. Everyone has something to offer. What kind of adventure do you want to take this year?

Contact Nicole Groezinger or call 815-758-8194.

Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue

27779 E Five Points Rd, Sycamore, IL 60178
8-10 a.m. and/or 3-5 p.m.

Spend time weekly bathing, brushing, and trimming the nails of our huskies. Make the huskies’ personal areas spotless while the giving the huskies the opportunity to socialize. Keeping the kennel spotless for when prospective adopters come. Help at fundraising/PR events, or in the preparation and planning stages.

Education & Relations: Demonstrate responsible pet ownership to school children and/or community groups. Assist in the basic obedience training of the huskies in our care.

Contact April Chmara for more information.

DeKalb County Communiversity Gardens

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, there are various time slots available! 

TAILS Humane Society

2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb 
9-11 a.m. or 4-6 p.m.

Brooms and Brushes 

Volunteers assist Tails animal care staff in ensuring the dog and puppy cages/runs are properly cleaned and sanitized and properly set up in accordance with policies and procedures. Volunteers will also assist with providing proper dietary requirements and walking dogs for potty breaks.

Commitment: 2-3 hours each shift. 1 shift weekly.
Availability: Monday-Sunday 7-9am, Monday-Wednesday 4-6pm, Thursday-Friday 4-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 3-5pm
For more information on the volunteer opportunity, contact Nicole Brokaw, Director of Volunteers & Outreach, or call 815-758-2457 ext. 103.

DeKalb Lawn Brigade

Help your community by volunteering a small portion of your time to help senior citizens and adults with disabilities cut grass, rake leaves or shovel snow. To volunteer, please call 815-758-6550.

VITAS Healthcare

580 Waters Edge, Lombard, IL 60148

VITAS Healthcare is seeking volunteers to join their team! As a member of the team, volunteers will supplement the care provided by staff to support and socialize with patients. To sign-up to volunteer, contact Karen Smith.

Ellwood House Museum

509 North First Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

Volunteers are essential to creating an enjoyable and informative visit for the thousands of guests to Ellwood House! Volunteers conduct tours and engage with visitors. Each volunteer will work with the education staff to determine which responsibilities are best suited to their skills and interests. For more information contact Tricia 815-756-4609.

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Campus Life Building 150
DeKalb, IL 60115


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