February Sophomore Days of Service starts this week

NIU’s second-year students are encouraged to sign up for one or more of 18 service opportunities during February 2017 as part of Sophomore Days of Service.

Sophomore Days of Service, sponsored by First- and Second-Year Experience, offers community service opportunities throughout the month of February that are designed to engage and connect second-year students within the community in a short, one-time volunteer commitment two to three hours in length.

Sophomores in particular have a desire to find ways to be purposeful in their communities. Student volunteers from last year’s events said they felt they made a difference in their community through these simple acts of service.

New this year, sophomores have the opportunity to can earn money towards tuition by serving and writing a brief reflection essay. Students can learn more about and apply for this award online.

Although Sophomore Days of Service is targeted for second-year students, any student can sign up online. All events are Business Passport and Honors Engaged approved. (Blood drive will not count towards Honors Engaged).

Students can sign up online to participate in one or more service events:

Thursday, Feb. 2

Barb Food Mart, 4:30–6 p.m., 1515 S. Fourth St., Door 28

Huskie Student Food Pantry, 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m., Chick Evans Field House

Friday, Feb. 3

TAILS Humane Society, 9 a.m.–noon, 2250 Barber Green Rd.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Raven’s Husky Haven & Rescue, noon-2 p.m., 27779 Five Points Rd., Sycamore

Monday, Feb. 6

Communiversity Gardens, 5-7 p.m., Altgeld Hall Room 100

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Campus Childcare, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Campus Childcare Building

Thursday, Feb. 9

Barb City Manor, 6-8 p.m., 680 Haish Blvd.

Sunday, Feb. 12

Kishwaukee YMCA, 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.-noon, 2500 W. Bethany Rd.

Monday, Feb. 13

Campus Childcare, 2:30–5:30 p.m., Campus Childcare Building

Thursday, Feb. 16

Barb Food Mart, 9:30-11 a.m., 1515 S. Fourth St., Door 28

Monday, Feb. 20

DeKalb Public Library, noon– 2 p.m., 309 Oak St.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Huskie Student Food Pantry, 10 a.m.–noon and noon– 2 p.m., Chick Evans Field House

Communiversity Gardens, 5-7 p.m., Altgeld Hall Room 100

Friday, Feb. 24

West Elementary School, 5:30–8 p.m., 240 S. Fair St., Sycamore

Sunday, Feb. 26

DeKalb Area Women’s Center, 1–3 p.m., 1021 State St.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Blood Drive, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Campus Life Building Room 100

Common Reading Experience Student Organization (CRESO) and Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society, co-sponsors of Sophomore Days of Service, are coordinating a collection of gently used books to donate to children whose parents are incarcerated for the Storybook Project. Storybook Project allows a parent or grandparent to record themselves reading the book and sends the book with the recording to the child. Books can be brought to First- and Second-Year Experience in Altgeld Room 100 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the First- and Second-Year Experience website www.niu.edu/fsye, come to our office in Altgeld Hall Room 100, call 815-753-0028 or email fsye@niu.edu.

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