Community Service

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Huskie Paws for a Cause (HP4C) is a year-long program for students dedicated to serving others and making a difference in their communities. Throughout the school year, students have opportunities to participate in campus and community service experiences focused on a different social issue each month. Social issue education and reflection activities will help students to understand the root causes of social issues and explore possible solutions to these issues within the DeKalb community and the Nation. Participants assist with the implementation of programs on campus such as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Make A Difference Day, and NIU Cares Day. This program is a great opportunity for those individuals who are enthusiastic about being a part of the growing student service movement.

Advance registration is required for all HP4C events. The registration deadline is one week prior to the project date. Drop by the Student Involvement & Leadership Development office (Campus Life Building, Room 150) or fill out the online registration form here to register for a HP4C event.

Video Credit: Northern Star

NIU students, including members of Alpha Kappa Lambda were a huge part in making the Heritage Woods Prom a success. Check out the video of our awesome students in action!

2013-2014 HP4C Events 



Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service: Social Justice 

Please note, the MLK March schedule for 4pm on January 21st has been canceled due to weather. Please share this information.

January 22, 2014

Feed'em Soup Meal Prep

122 S. First Street

All Volunteer spots for this opportunity are full. Thank you for volunteering with during the MLK Week of Service! 

"Feed'em Soup (FES) Community Project is a meal provider service, in DeKalb, Illinois. Any person in the community can take advantage of its services on a pay-as-you-can basis. FES prides itself on not only creating delicious cuisine but, also, providing well-balanced, nutritious meals. FES serves dinner every Wednesday, which is open to the public and is always free of charge. However, guests may donate if they are willing and able. In

addition to a free community meal, FES also offers an emergency food pantry, a clothing closet, offering disadvantaged residents free attire and basic necessities, and a children’s program  designed to promote the importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits."


Heritage Woods Sweetheart Dance: Elder Care 

February 20, 2013

Shift 1: 2:00 - 4:00pm

Shift 2: 6:15 - 7:30

All volunteer positions for this event are full. 

Heritage Woods of DeKalb is an assisted living facility that is hosting a Sweetheart Dance for its residents on Thursday, February 20th. Typically, the event is broken up into two shifts. During the first shift, volunteers are asked to do hair and make-up and chat witht hose getting ready for the special evening and during the second shift, volunteers are dance and socialize with the residents. 


Alternative Spring Break Trips (Huskie Alternative Breaks)

March 9-14, 2014

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.

In conjunction with NIU's Department of Sociology, HAB participants will have an opportunity to participate in the '20th Anniversary Habitat Reunion' during spring break of 2014. Spring Break 2014 marks twenty years of NIU's Sociology Department’s spring break service partnership with Pensacola, Florida's Habitat for Humanity.


NIU Cares Day

Holmes Student Center - Art Gallery Lounge

April 12, 2014

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The eighth annual NIU Cares Day will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This event is a campus-wide day of community service in which teams of volunteers, comprised of NIU students, faculty, and staff, come together to complete projects that benefit DeKalb County’s not-for-profit organizations, residents, and community agencies. Coordinated by Student Involvement and Leadership Development, with the help of many campus partners at Northern Illinois University, NIU Cares Day was started as a way of thanking and showing appreciation for the community and their support of the institution and its mission. After an early morning kick-off, NIU volunteers will be transported to sites around the county to spend the day planting, painting, cleaning facilities, sorting items, assisting with events, and various other tasks. 


FALL 2013


Saturday of Service (Welcome Days)

Holmes Student Center (Diversions Lounge)

August 24, 2013



Volunteer Fair

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to research local volunteer opportunities in DeKalb, Sycamore, and the surrounding communities by visiting the SILD Volunteer Fair any time between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th in the Art Gallery Lounge in the Holmes Student Center. The fair is free for members of the NIU community to attend and is a terrific opportunity to visit with representatives from many organizations at once. 


Rake Across DeKalb: Make a Difference Day

Douglas Hall

October 26, 2013


*Space limited. Advance registration required.


Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Northern Illinois Food Bank Pack

Tuesday, November 19

273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL

1:00 - 4:00 pm

*To register click this link and create your own profile. You will automatically be linked to the group.

More details on HP4C events coming soon. 

*Space limited. Advance registration required for some programs.