NIU Cares Day 2020 will occur on Saturday, April 18, 2020!

NIU Cares Day is a campus-wide day of community service. Volunteers comprised of NIU students, faculty, staff and alumni 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

NIU Cares Day volunteers spend the day planting, painting, cleaning, sorting, assisting with events and various other tasks around the county. Volunteer teams will be assigned to project sites according to the needs of the organizations and the experience level of the teams.

Registration for NIU Cares Day will open in February 2020. 

  • Community site registration
  • Individual student registration
    • This registration is if you are planning to volunteer individually. This will not allow you to join a team.
  • Team member registration
    • This registration if you are volunteering with a team.

Team Leaders

Would you like to lead a volunteer team for NIU Cares Day? Volunteer teams are often linked to student organizations or friends that want to do service together. In order for a team to participate, the team leader must attend one mandatory team leader orientation session. At this session, the team leader will receive information regarding NIU Cares Day policies and have the opportunity to register their team for the big day!

One person from each team must attend an orientation session or the team will not be able to participate in NIU Cares Day. Team sizes cannot exceed 10 students including the team leader.

If you are interested in participating in the event without a team, you are welcome to register as an individual when registration opens.

Are you an employee or alumni looking to work alongside students who are doing great things for the community? Consider volunteering for NIU Cares Day as a project site leader.

Get more information about employees and alumni volunteer roles.

Last year's event included over 60 project sites that received assistance from over 500 NIU volunteers! Organizations who have benefited from NIU Cares Day include:

  • DeKalb Park District
  • Genoa Park District
  • Opportunity House
  • Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • Hope Haven
  • Local DeKalb area residents

Through your participation, NIU students, faculty and staff develop awareness of the mission and needs of your organization, which in turn may foster future support from interested individuals. Ultimately, the assistance provided on NIU Cares Day benefits the residence of Sycamore and DeKalb while providing an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with the NIU community.