Sophomore Days of Service begins in February

sophmore-daysNIU’s second-year students are invited to sign up for the fourth annual Sophomore Days of Service occurring throughout February 2016.

Sophomore Days of Service, sponsored by First- and Second-Year Experience, provides several brief service opportunities for students to get involved with the NIU campus and surrounding communities.

Second-year programs, such as Sophomore Days of Service, are designed to help address students’ desire for fulfilling a sense of purpose, developing a caring community and establishing a sense of self-efficacy.

(Service is one of the four pillars of the second-year of college. Other pillars include building open and stronger relationships with peers and faculty, gaining experiences in leadership and making progress toward career goals.)

In 2015, 105 students took part in the various events.

First- and Second-Year Experience invites all second-year students to participate in this February’s activities. Volunteer spots are limited in number based on the needs of each service organization; however, this year FSYE was able to secure significantly more volunteer spaces.

Students can sign up online to participate in one or more of the 11 service opportunities available:

  • Thursday, Feb. 4Huskies Student Food Pantry, 5 to 7:30 p.m., 401 Normal Road
  • Friday, Feb. 5West Elementary School Fun Fair, 5:30 to 8 p.m., 240 S. Fair St., Sycamore
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10Campus Child Care, 3 to 5 p.m., east side of Annie Glidden Road (behind Gabel Hall)
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 – Campus Child Care, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 12 – Read to a Huskie, 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. (separate shifts), DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St.
  • Thursday, Feb. 18Barb Food Mart, 4 to 6 p.m., Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St.
  • Friday, Feb. 19Feed My Starving Children, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (travel time included), Aurora. Transportation provided.
  • Sunday, Feb. 21Beloved Community dinner, 5 to 7:30 p.m., location TBA in DeKalb
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, 3 to 5 p.m., 2600 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb.
  • Saturday, Feb. 27Hope Haven, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 1145 Rushmore Drive, DeKalb.

Although Sophomore Days of Service is targeted for second-year students, any student can sign up. For more information, call (815) 753-0028 or email fsye@niu.edu.

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