Community Service

NIU Cares Day


Mark your calendars for next year's event on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Next April marks the 10 year anniversary!

NIU Cares Day is a campus-wide day of community service. Volunteers comprised of NIU students, faculty, and staff come together once a year to complete projects that benefit DeKalb County’s not-for-profit organizations and community agencies as a way of thanking the community for their support of the institution and its mission. NIU volunteers are transported to locations around the county to spend the day planting, painting, cleaning, sorting, assisting with events, and various other tasks. 


NIU Cares Day Volunteers

Volunteer registration for NIU Cares Day 2016 will occur in waves, starting with Team Leader registration in February 2016 and Team Member/Individual registration in March 2016. In order for an orgainzation or group to appear on the roster featured on the registration page, a Team Leader MUST attend an orientation session to register the group's name. 

Volunteer teams should contain no more than 10 people and must designate one individual to serve as the Team Leader (the leader and primary contact person for the team). For larger organizations, there is a maximum of three teams per organization and 10 members per team (30 total per organization). Some team ideas include a student organization, residence hall floor, a study group, group of friends, carpool crew, and/or co-workers.

Project Site Leader and Kickoff Volunteer Opportunities

Are you a staff member, faculty member, or graduate assistant looking to work alongside students who are doing great things for the community? Consider volunteering for NIU Cares Day! To ensure the success of this event, NIU staff and faculty are needed to facilitate check-in, as well as to visit students while they are working on site.