Community Service

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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 service-learning 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:

  • Site Leader Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available!
    • For more information on the role of an HAB Site Leader and Info Session dates, click here.
  • HAB is hosting a Rummage Sale Fundraiser this April! 
    • Do you have household items or clothes that you no longer need and/or use that are still in good condition? Consider donating those items to HAB for our Rummage Sale! We will be collecting items throughout the month of March and early April for a Rummage Sale that will occur on Thursday, April 23rd from 11:00am-4:00pm in the lobby of the Student Involvement & Leadership Development office (Campus Life Building 150). Donations can be dropped off at the Student Involvement and Leadership Development office in CLB 150.  Proceeds from the sale will benefit HAB and help keep the costs of the trips low for students.