Community Service

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*There are still spots available for our trip to Texas! Download your application today! We will stop accepting applications at the end of the semester.*

Northern Illinois University's Huskie Alternative Breaks (HAB) program has been sending students to participate in community service throughout the United States since its founding in 2009, when compassionate Huskies joined together to provide their assistance in the wake of Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas. HAB strives to raise awareness and educate students about social issues by providing an opportunity for alternative breaks that will inspire them to become active members of society and leaders in their communities.

This unique service program at NIU provides students and faculty the opportunity to evaluate current social issues and seek ways to continually change the world.

What is an Alternative Break?

An alternative break is a trip where a group of college students engage in volunteer service, typically for a week. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, education reform, refugee resettlement, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues and then perform week-long projects with non-profit organizations.

What is so unique about Alternative Breaks?

Participants have the opportunity to: 
• Meet other NIU students who are interested in service
• Learn about cultural and social issues while doing service 
• Make new connections across the country 
• Build relationships 
• Grow, learn, and change your point of view 
• Travel without spending a lot of money 
• Create social change

FUNdraising Opportunities:

It is HAB’s goal to have both fundraising events for each individual trip as well as large program-wide fundraisers in order to make these trips affordable for participants. The Huskie Alternative Breaks program hosts program-wide fundraisers to assist in lowering trip costs. Some examples of fundraising events include concession sales, Carson Community Day sales, and working with local businesses such as Culver's.

HAB News:

  • We are pleased to announce our very first Winter Break trip! Students will volunteer with Our Lady's Inn in St. Louis, Missouri. 
  • The first HAB payment is due Friday, December 5th before 4pm. Email dmondragon1@niu.edu for your balance.