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NIU alumna Molly Clesen teaches a song to a 4-year-old visually impaired child in Bolivia.
On Molly Clesen’s last day of teaching, one of her students asked her for a token of remembrance. They had formed a special bond over the summer, and Clesen was touched that the child had asked. She found a bracelet with her name on it and described what it looked like to the young girl,...
NIU Student Involvement & Leadership Development (SILD) is in search of volunteers to participate in its annual Rake Across DeKalb event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Volunteers from the NIU community (students, faculty and staff) go into the community to assist area residents and non-profit organizations with lawn clean-up in...
Where are you getting your next meal? Some DeKalb residents don’t have an answer to that question. Thanks to a new NIU program, however, the hungry in DeKalb have an answer in a new set of allies; NIU students, faculty and staff who want to fight hunger in their own communities. President Obama challenged higher...
Do you like volunteering and helping the community? Are you looking for ways to help pay for your education? Why not put the two together? Participants in Students in Service can receive $1,175 toward their education upon completion of 300 hours of community service. Interested students MUST attend an orientation session and bring completed applications...
Student Involvement & Leadership Development will host its annual Volunteer Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Stevenson Towers Food Court. This event is open to the NIU community including students, faculty and staff who are interested in giving back through service. SILD has invited area community agencies and not-for-profit organizations...
NIU student Megan Maloney sits with plastic bags collected to weave sleeping mats for Chicago's homeless.
Members of NIU’s Alpha Phi Omega fraternity have set one goal for themselves this summer: to get their hands on as many plastic shopping bags as possible. They are not planning a massive shopping spree; they plan to knit the bags into portable, durable sleeping mats for Chicago’s homeless. It’s anyone’s guess how many empty...
NIU engineering student Alan Hurt is traveling in Africa this summer to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and conduct research.
For most people, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro would be the highlight of their summer, or maybe even their life. For NIU engineering student Alan Hurt, it is just a start. Just hours after completing his last final exam of the semester, Hurt boarded a plane bound for Africa, carrying only a single rucksack containing a few...
NIU Cares Day volunteers
The annual NIU Cares Day — Saturday, April 16 — is approaching quickly. Kick-off volunteers are needed for two shifts. The morning shift takes place from 6 to 8:30 a.m. The afternoon shift takes place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for volunteer check-in (which will be done via an online database, not paper lists), T-shirt distribution, staffing...
Disaster Response
More than 100 Northern Illinois University students are headed for warmer climes during the university’s upcoming spring break, but their main objective isn’t to soak up rays on the beach. Instead, they’ll be working with the poor in West Virginia, building homes for Habitat for Humanity in Florida and Tennessee, helping victims of Hurricane Katrina...
Photo of a forest
Love the outdoors and seeing new places? What could be better than taking a trip with Outdoor Adventures this Spring Break! Outdoor Adventures is traveling down to Georgia to spend the week volunteering in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
NIU Cares Day volunteers
Gather your teams and find your work gloves: Online registration for the annual NIU Cares Day begins Tuesday, Feb. 1. This year, the army of volunteers from the NIU community will fan out Saturday, April 16, to paint, rake, clean sweep and repair agencies’ buildings and yards. If the turnout is anything like last year’s,...
Students in Service logo
For the first time, NIU and 10 other universities in Illinois will be part of the national Students in Service program, which matches students with local not-for-profit groups in need of volunteers. NIU will send nine undergraduate and graduate students into the part-time volunteer workforce to do such things as work in food pantries, soup...
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