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NIU seeks sites for community service projects

Delta Gamma members Elizabeth Woywod (left) and Cynthia Beltran shovel mulch in April 2018 at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA during last year's NIU Cares Day.
Delta Gamma members Elizabeth Woywod (left) and Cynthia Beltran shovel mulch in April 2018 at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA during last year's NIU Cares Day.

Northern Illinois University students are getting lined up and ready to give back to the DeKalb-Sycamore community. Do you have a site where they should donate their time?

Every year, students give back during NIU Cares Day, working indoors and out on projects for school districts, libraries, clubs and residents who simply need help upkeeping their property.

According to Jen Van Ewyk, assistant director for volunteerism in student involvement and leadership development, 85 team leaders have registered, and teams are limited to 10 members, meaning up to 850 NIU students are ready to sweep the pavement, till grounds, sort inventory, whatever you need them to do.

“Seeing the number of students who flock to this is a really cool thing I’ve seen,” Van Ewyk said.

In the past, students have painted rooms and buildings for schools and other organizations, cleaned out basements and attics for the elderly, cleaned up vacant lots, done yard work and planted gardens, according to an NIU news release.

This year, the outreach will happen a week earlier than usual – so here’s hoping Old Man Winter relents.

“We’re hoping for good weather,” Van Ewyk said.

Last year, students tackled more than 60 project sites. Most of those students are members of NIU’s fraternities and sororities, but students from across campus chipped in, the release says.

To register a site where work needs to be done, visit go.niu.edu.niucaresday by March 15, or contact Van Ewyk, at 815-753-6511 or niucaresday@niu.edu.

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