Community Service Opportunities


Last Updated: July 14, 2015

A complete list of all on-going volunteer opportunities is available here.


Come learn about all of the volunteer opportunities available in DeKalb County and Chicagoland at this years' Volunteer Fair!

Volunteer Fair Flyer


Huskie Hack

September 25th-26th

Huskie Hack

Get ready for fun, challenge, and innovation at NIU’s first ever hackathon!  More than 350 students are expected to converge on NIU’s campus for 24 hours of brainstorming, coding and design – all aimed at solving problems for area hospitals, schools, libraries, museums, municipalities and public safety agencies. 

Friday, September 25, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Volunteers needed 6-10
- Stuffing attendee bags
- Assist with event chalking
- Assist with signange posting

Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:00 AM to Sunday, September 27, 2015 Noon.
- Registration Volunteers - (10:00 AM to Sunday morning)Check-in for participants, sponsors, mentors, community anchor institutions, volunteers
- Direction/Flow Monitors (10 AM to 2:00 PM) - 5 volunteers
- Door Monitors (throughout event- 4 hours starting 1:00 PM) 20 volunteers
- Bus Arrival/Departure Assistance - 6 volunteers
- MISC - 20 throughout event


CROP Walk 

Sunday, October 18th - 3:00pm (registration begins at 2:00pm)
Sycamore United Methodist Church


CROP walks support local and global programs dedicated to the eradication of hunger. Last year's walk in DeKalb generated approximately $30,000! The goal this year $35,000. Will you make it happen? For more information, contact or download this flyer


Huskies Student Food Pantry

Huskies Student Food Pantry Logo

Grace Place Campus Ministry Builiding (401 Normal Road, De Kalb, 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 to register to volunteer or email with any questions you may have.

DeKalb County Communiversity Gardens

Various volunteer time slots available 


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! 

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 at


To submit a volunteer opportunity to be advertised on this page, please fill out this form.

Don't have transportation?

Try one of these bus lines!

NIU Huskie Bus Line
(free to NIU students)

Voluntary Action Center’s 
Green Line Bus
(50 cents per ride)