Community Service

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*Participant applications are now available! Download yours today! Applications and a $35 deposit are due to the SILD office by October 17, 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.

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:

  • Come to one of our Informational Sessions and learn more about what we have planned for this year!

Wednesday, September 17th 6:00pm-7:00pm – Wirtz 220

Thursday, September 18th 4:00pm-5:00pm – DuSable 268

Monday, September 22nd 8:00pm-9:00pm – DuSable 400

Wednesday, September 24th 10:00am-11:00am – Wirtz 220

Tuesday, September 30th 8:00pm-9:00pm – DuSable 428

Thursday, October 2nd 9:00pm-10:00pm – DuSable 400