Alumni invited to become NIU Cares Day site leaders

NIU Cares Day 2015NIU is looking for alumni to serve as project site leaders from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, for NIU Cares Day.

Students volunteer each spring in the DeKalb area to help with community service projects, such as painting, lawn service, planting, helping at soup kitchens and working at animal shelters.

Now in its 10th year, NIU Cares Day is an opportunity for volunteers to come together every spring to thank members of the community for their support of the institution and its mission.

Every year, about 1,000 volunteers team up to serve about 75 project sites, donating at least 4,000 hours of service to the community, said Liz McKee, assistant director of the Campus Activities Board.

Because of the wide scope of projects and large number of students, she said, NIU Student Involvement & Leadership Development is looking for alumni to help out this year and about 50 alumni are needed to lead the sites.

“It’s an excuse for alumni to come back and see friends and old stomping grounds and to reconnect with the community,” McKee said.

Project site leaders are assigned to a handful of sites and serve as a primary contact for the teams there. The leaders will primarily assist with communication among student volunteers, the site supervisor and the home base.

An hour of training is provided and volunteers can choose a time that works best for them. Each volunteer will receive a T-shirt and will need transportation to the assigned site.

For more information, call (815) 753-6597 or email lmckee1@niu.edu.

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