Days of Service, Trips, and Civic Engagement

Alternative Student Break

Overview

Going on an ASB trip should be on your Northwestern bucket list! It is a fantastic way to meet totally new people at Northwestern, make new friends, and learn about social issues! Check out our Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/asbnu

Schedule/ Commitment

We offer trips for all students during the first week of winter break and during spring break. In addition, we offer trips for incoming students during Pre-Orientation. The level of commitment from members of ASB varies greatly. -Trips: Students are welcome to simply go on the regular week long trips in the winter and/or spring. - Class Trips: We offer three "class trips." These consist of taking a class during winter quarter taught by peers for credit through SESP, and culminate in a spring break service-learning trip to a related site. Applications are out now! -We also have an executive board that requires weekly meetings, office hours, and varying degrees of work. Applications for the executive board will open during spring quarter. -Our Street Crew is a publicity group that meets every two weeks to help publicize ASB. In addition, Street Crew will also coordinate days of service in the Evanston Community that anyone is invited to attend.

Contact

Email: lannguyen2017@u.northwestern.edu, CallahanCorcoran2017@u.northwestern.edu, parkerlevinson2018@u.northwestern.edu

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NU Gives Back

NU Gives Back

A school-wide, student-run day of service. Each spring, the day of service educates participants on the surrounding community and raises awareness of the issues present within Evanston.

Schedule/ Commitment

NU Gives Back organizes a campus-wide day of service in May where students, faculty, alumni, and staff come together to volunteer in the Evanston and Chicago communities. There are varying degrees of involvement with NU Gives Back. Students can apply for an executive board position, and applications are currently live until November 1st. This is the highest commitment for NUGB as the executive board meets twice every week to plan the logistics for the day of service - from volunteer sites to PR and funding. Students can also apply to work on a committee and applications will go out in early January. Committee members also have a weekly commitment. For both the executive board and committee members, most of the work is operations and logistics-based and there are approximately 20-25 individuals involved in NUGB in this capacity. Most individuals choose to engage with NU Gives Back by volunteering during the day of service in May. Last year, we had more than 430 students sign up to volunteer. This would be a one-time commitment on May 8th, 2016. Registration for the NU Gives Back event occurs in the springtime.

Community Partners

A Just Harvest, Albany Park Community Center, Anixter Center, AYS, Beyond Sports Center, Campus Kitchens, Challah for Hunger, Childcare Center of Evanston, Cornerstone Community Outreach, Curt's Café, Ebenezer Church, Ecology Center, Evanston Animal Shelter, Evanston Public Library, Ginkgo Organic Farms, Good News Partners, Have Dreams, Howard Brown, Lincoln Park Community Shelter, McGaw YMCA Evanston, NCDC, Rimland, Supplies for Dreams, Talking Farm, The Mather, Willard House.

Contact

Email: SandieXu2017@u.northwestern.edu; nugivesback@gmail.com
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Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC)

Overview

Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC) is a student-run organization that seeks to engage students in community development at Northwestern University, in Evanston, and throughout Chicago. We promote civic engagement through direct service, social awareness, and advocacy. Utilizing existing skills, talents, and abilities, we strive to build mutually beneficial relationships, enriching both our campus and the communities, while forming a foundation for the future.

You can find our sites and more information at our website.

Schedule/ Commitment

In terms of commitment, we look for all different levels. Our volunteers typically volunteer a few hours per week. However, different sites are willing to take any level of commitment. Each site is different in their schedule.

Community Partners

Rainbow Hospice, JourneyCare, Cranes for Courage, PAWS, Connections for the Homeless, Inspiration Cafe, Centro Romero, Devon Clinic Translators, Chinese Mutual Aid, Asian Youth Services, Symphony of Evanston, ManorCare Health Services, Senior Connections, Hope Alive, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Eye to Eye.

Contact

Email: ncdccommunityoutreach@gmail.com
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Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations

Overview

Northwestern Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations (SCNO) is a student run organization that provides pro-bono strategic consulting for non-profits in the Chicago-land area. Through ten weeks of intensive research and development, student teams with the guidance of a professional mentor work with non-profits to develop action-items that aim to achieve the development goals of the non-profit client.
In order to meet the highest standards of results, SCNO draws its talent from a diverse background of students, ranging from engineering, to economics, to social policy. This cross-collaboration of expertise allows our consultants to not only develop a wide breadth of solutions across fields, but also delve deeply into each specific sub-solution, drawing upon unique areas of expertise.
Membership requires an application process.

Schedule/ Commitment

Members are required to attend weekly meetings along with doing outside work.

Community Partners

We provide services to nonprofits in the Chicagoland area.

Contact

Email: im@nuscno.org
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Rotaract Club

Overview

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored club committed to service, leadership, and global community. We emphasize a strong commitment to promoting world understanding and peace through the development of leadership among those ages 18 – 30. Today, there are more than 8,000 Rotary-supported Rotaract clubs with more than 175,000 members in 164 countries around the world. We meet Tuesdays at 8:00 pm in Annenberg 101.

What We Do

  • In the community: We have partnered with local nonprofits to provide volunteers for events in our community such as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service sponsored by Kindness Connections – a day devoted to teaching kids the importance of service through crafts that would be donated to a variety of local and international organizations.
  • Internationally: NU Rotaract dedicates spring break to international service, connecting with Rotaract chapters abroad and working on a week-long project. In the past we have partnered with T.E.S.S. Unlimited and Small Change 4 Big Change in Antigua, Guatemala. The two years before, we travelled to Pisco, Peru to work with Pisco Sin Fronteras in a community that was devastated by an earthquake in 2007.

I also want to say that we really want to promote a sense of community and leadership. We want volunteering to be fun, not to feel like another time-consuming requirement that students have to fulfill. Also, we really want people to get involved and help us plan our events and take charge! We are super excited to welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering!

Schedule/ Commitment

We provide a few different volunteer opportunities for our members, and we have no strict requirements. We mostly just love to volunteer and hope that anyone who is interested can join us!

Community Partners

We work with Symphony of Evanston and Campus Kitchens regularly. Also, we are partnered with the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, which helps sponsor our International Service Trip and works with us at Campus Kitchens.

Contact

Email: nu.rotaract@gmail.com; AishwaryaPastapur2017@u.northwestern.edu
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