NIU Cares Day 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)
DeKalb County, IL
NIU Cares Day is a campus-wide day of community service. Volunteers comprised of NIU students, faculty, and staff come together once a year to complete projects that benefit DeKalb County’s not-for-profit organizations and community agencies as a way of thanking the community for their support of the institution and its mission. NIU volunteers travel to locations around DeKalb county to spend the day planting, painting, cleaning, sorting, assisting with events, and various other tasks.
This year’s event has been scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2012. Volunteers will work at projects sites from 9:00am-Noon. *There will be no PM shift (1:00-4:00pm) this year as there has been in the past.
Who is eligible to register?
All not-for-profit organizations, community agencies, and individual homeowners are eligible to apply. It is important to note that a submitted application does not guarantee assistance. Inclusion in NIU Cares Day is up to the discretion of the NIU staff. Please contact Destiny McDonald at 815-753-6511 with questions regarding eligibility. Note that campus initiatives that organize campus volunteers (mainly students) to perform a variety of service projects throughout the greater DeKalb Community cannot host project sites that are private property of Northern Illinois University faculty, staff, or students.
How to register for NIU Cares Day
Previous year’s participants may have already been contacted by a committee member; however, all eligible organizations will be able to register electronically starting Friday, November 15, 2013. The final registration deadline for all job site requests is Friday, January 24, 2014. You will be assigned to someone designated to work with your organization. He/she will guide you through the registration process, answer questions, and help you prepare for the day’s event.
As the popularity of the event has grown, we have found ourselves continuing to expand our outreach to compile enough projects for our NIU volunteers. As you begin to take stock of your project lists, we encourage you to think outside the box for projects that will benefit your organization. Perhaps there is a fund-raising or outreach program you’ve been intending to do but were concerned about having staffing. Maybe there is an event you have scheduled for the summer that you need assistance preparing for in the spring. Big or small, we look forward to all project submissions.
Why should our organization get involved?
The benefit of participation not only includes free labor in order to complete a variety of projects but also provides an opportunity for organizations in DeKalb County to build a stronger relationship with the NIU community. Through your participation, NIU students, faculty, and staff develop awareness of the mission and needs of your organization which in turn may foster future support from interested individuals. Ultimately, the assistance provided on NIU Cares Day will further benefit the residents of Sycamore and DeKalb as your organization continues to serve those throughout the community.
What organizations have participated in the past?
A few of the organizations who have benefited from NIU Cares Day in the past include the DeKalb Park District, Family Service Agency, Salvation Army, Kishwaukee Family YMCA, Hope Haven, various day care facilities, and the DeKalb 428 School District. Last year’s event included over 80 project sites that received assistance from over 1,100 NIU volunteers!
What is required of our organization?
In addition to registering, we do ask that all project sites provide at least one staff member or homeowner to be on site the day of the event to answer any necessary questions or concerns. We would also like each project site, not including individual homeowners, to prepare a short 5-minute presentation on the programs and services that your organization provides, and how the work the students will be completing that day will benefit your organization. Even though providing supplies is not required by participants, supply requests are taken into consideration when NIU staff determines inclusion in the day’s event.
- Assist with fundraising or special events
- Paint a mural
- Create bulletin board
- Teach crafts
- Paint T-shirts
- Art projects with youth
- Read to children
- Visiting with seniors
- Clean office areas or windows
- Sort & organize display areas
- Wash walls and baseboards
- Wash vehicles
- Pressure wash siding or clean gutters
- Organize storage areas (including basements)
- Sweeping inside/outside
- Clean out storage shed or garage
- Paint a porch or window sills
- Paint an interior room
- Paint an office or office bathroom
- Paint the exterior of a home
- Prepare a mailing for agency
- Manicures for seniors or young girls
- Office help
- Sort food/clothing in a food bank
- Spring cleaning/pick-up sticks & leaves
- Spread mulch
- Distribute flyers or posters for an event
- Weed, trim trees, plant flowers
- Pot flowers for clients to keep
Questions or concerns?
Please contact Destiny McDonald at 815-753-6511 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about your participation in NIU Cares Day 2014.
When & Where
Student Involvement & Leadership Development
Community Service, a functional area of Student Involvement & Leadership Development, focuses on providing our students with opportunities to connect to and make a difference in their community. Through service, students not only enrich their community, but also gain hands-on experience in various work fields, build relationships with their peers, and learn valuable networking skills.
The Department of Student Involvement & Leadership Development firmly believes in the value of service to one's community and has thus incorporated community service as a component of the Department's focus.