Register project sites for NIU Cares Day 2017

niu-cares-centerpieceNorthern Illinois University has hundreds of helping hands looking for meaningful projects to tackle on NIU Cares Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The event is sponsored by Student Involvement and Leadership Development (SILD). This will be the eleventh year of this special NIU and DeKalb tradition!

NIU Cares Day was created in 2007 to allow the university to express its gratitude to the DeKalb-Sycamore community for their continued support of NIU. Since that time, NIU students have provided thousands of hours working on projects for schools, libraries, clubs and even individuals. There is no charge associated with the event for project sites.

Past projects have included: painting rooms and buildings for schools and service organizations, cleaning out basements and attics for the elderly, providing manpower to help local organizations prepare for or staff events, cleaning up vacant lots, performing yard work for homeowners who can no longer do the work themselves, planting gardens and many other jobs around the community. Last spring, there were more than 75 job sites!

The work for these jobs is provided by students from across campus including members of NIU’s Greek community, athletes, clubs and individual students, all looking to give back to their adopted community.

Registration for potential NIU Cares Day project sites has a priority deadline of Friday, Feb. 28although early registration will assist us greatly in this process. Questions should be directed to Liz McKee, assistant program director for Community Service in SILD and coordinator of the event, at 815-753-6511 or niucaresday@niu.edu.

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