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NIU Cares Day invites faculty, staff involvement

February 18, 2014

NIU Cares Day 2013Are you a staff member, faculty member or graduate assistant looking to work alongside students who are doing great things for the community?

Consider volunteering for NIU Cares Day, scheduled Saturday, April 12.

Project Site Leaders

Serving as a project site leader can be a great opportunity to connect with students outside the classroom as well as serve the community.

PSLs are assigned to a handful of project sites and serve as a primary contact for teams assigned to those sites during the day of service.

While PSLs primarily assist with communication between the student volunteers, the site supervisor and Home Base, it is possible that they might also be called upon to assist in the case of an unforeseen situation that requires staff intervention. PSLs can be faculty members, staff members or graduate assistants from all areas of the university.

The time commitment is typically from 6:40 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. Training is provided prior to the event.

Each volunteer receives a T-shirt and must be able to provide his/her own transportation between his/her assigned project sites. Registration is available online.

Kickoff Volunteers

NIU Cares Day begins each year with a volunteer kickoff event.

NIU Cares Day 2013The kickoff is held in a rally-format where student volunteer teams are checked in in before the event, materials are distributed and students allowed the opportunity to absorb the magnitude of NIU Cares Day and the work that is about to be done.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the check-in process, T-shirt and water distribution and crowd control.

The time commitment for this position is typically from 6:15 to 9 a.m. Registration is available online.

Other Opportunities

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to get NIU Cares Day ready each year, and support of all types is appreciated.

The NIU Cares Day committee is frequently looking for donations, including financial contributions, food items, office supplies (badge holders, pens, printer paper, etc.), art materials (markers, construction paper, crayons, hole punches, etc.), and building supplies (heavy-duty garbage bags, work gloves, lightly used garden tools, etc.).

For more information on how to support NIU Cares Day, contact Student Involvement & Leadership Development at (815) 753-1421 or email [email protected].