Community Service


Community Service, a functional area of Student Involvement & Leadership Development, focuses on providing our students with opportunities to connect to and make a difference in their community. Through service, students not only enrich their community, but also gain hands-on experience in various work fields, build relationships with their peers, and learn valuable networking skills.

The Department of Student Involvement & Leadership Development firmly believes in the value of service to one's community and has thus incorporated community service as a component of the Department's focus.

Community Service News:

Last Updated November 24, 2014.

  • Registration for NIU Cares Day 2015 Project Sites is now available online for community organizations, non-for-profits, and local residents. For more information on requirements and to register, click here.

Community Service Programs: 

Students work on a house for NIU Cares Day

NIU Cares Day

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 hundreds of students will work around the community on this annual day of service. Be a part of the crew!

Students on Alternative Break

Huskie Alternative Breaks

Join fellow Huskies as they participate in community service throughout the country during Alternative Break trips.

Students visit with organizations that need volunteers.

Volunteer Fair

The Volunteer Fair allows students an opportunity to explore local volunteer opportunities in the DeKalb community.


Elderly at nursing home

Volunteer Opportunities

Find current and ongoing volunteer opportunities in our communiversity!

Students pack at the Northern Illinois Food Bank

Hunger and Homelessness
Awareness Week

A nationally recognized week dedicated to raising awareness of hunger and homelessness in the nation.

NIU Can Logo

Huskies Can Make a Difference

Learn more about our campus-wide can drive and pop tab collection competitions.

To find the service opportunity which best fits you, browse this Community Service website. From there, simply view our volunteer opportunities page for upcoming events. If you are still unsure about which opportunity would best suit you, please feel free to contact Destiny McDonald at or call 815-753-6511 to schedule a consultation.