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A tour being given in the Ellwood House in which the guide is pointing out a sculpture.

The Ellwood House wanting to train new guides

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | February 2, 2023

DeKALB – Training in guided tours is being offered at the historic Ellwood estate. Volunteers will learn the history of barb wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood’s Victorian home and how to share this knowledge with the public. Content will focus on...

The list of the contents placed in the Huskies Care and Serve Blessing Bags. CAB will host these events every first and third Tuesday of the month.

Huskies Care and Serve program gives back to community

By Ally Formeller | February 9, 2022

DeKALB — Huskies Care and Serve is a volunteer program run by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) that allows students to work on projects that give back to the NIU and DeKalb communities. Tuesday’s event allowed students to fill bags with necessities...

Northern Star contributor Alma Garcia (fifth from left) stands in 2008 with native Malawian teenagers 2008 in Chitunda, Malawi.

That time I volunteered to build a school in Malawi, Africa

By Alma Garcia | January 15, 2020

Northern Star contributor Alma Garcia (fifth from left) stands in 2008 with native Malawian teenagers 2008 in Chitunda, Malawi.

Winter Clothing Drive to accept donations until end of semester

By Northern Star Staff | November 29, 2018

DeKALB — Members of First and Second Year Experience [FYSE] and Student Involvement & Leadership Development [SILD] brought the giving spirit to campus this semester with the Winter Clothing Drive.The Winter Clothing Drive has been open since the...

KishHealth System Hospice looks to train volunteers

By Northern Star staff | September 1, 2016

KishHealth System Hospice will provide an orientation and training program, open to all majors, September through October, as it searches for volunteers.The volunteer program will provide a broad understanding of Hospice work. Sue Goudy, volunteer and...

Students: Don’t volunteer for causes only for resume

By Marilou Terrones | November 18, 2014

While community service is beneficial for gaining experience, students shouldn’t volunteer unless they’re passionate about the issue they’re supporting.From last Saturday through Sunday, participants in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness...

Soccer organization provides volunteer opportunities

By Maria Ahmad | September 26, 2012

Soccer enthusiasts can take their passion to the next level by volunteering to coach or referee youth soccer teams in DeKalb. American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is a national organization run by volunteers with regional chapters throughout the...

Feed ’em Soup hosts community meals

By ALAN KOZELUH | September 24, 2012

Feed ’em Soup, 122 S. First St., will hold a free community meal from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The charity will serve meatloaf, corn casserole and mashed potatoes to all attendees, according to its website. The food is free, but the meal isn’t only...

Olivia Thonsend (left)Jennifer Tsaras (center) Jenna Luetkebuenger (right) slides down a giant slide during September Fest at St. Mary’s School in DeKalb.

School hosts festival to raise money

By Maria Ahmad | September 23, 2012

St. Mary School’s September Fest celebrated its tenth annual festival this weekend with carnival rides, bake sales and more. St. Mary’s School, 210 Gurler Road, has been around for over 99 years and moved into its current location 17 years ago. September...

Dogs ‘strut’ at TAILS’ Fun Fest

By Ludwig Gerdes | September 23, 2012

TAILS Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road, held its annual fundraiser, Mutt Strut-Dog Walk and Fun Fest, on Saturday at Hopkins Park. The event allowed both dog-enthusiasts and owners to bring their furry friends for the afternoon. The walk began...

DeKalb Area Women’s Center looking for volunteers

By Maria Ahmad | September 12, 2012

The DeKalb Area Women’s Center (DAWC), 1021 State Street, is an organization run by volunteers whose goal is to eliminate sexism and celebrate all women. The director, Anna Marie Coveny is also a volunteer at the center. According to the DeKalb nonprofit...

Volunteers serve as ‘siblings’ at Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Maria Ahmad | September 5, 2012

Some volunteers serve as mentors, friends and role models to the youth in the community through Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). BBBS is housed in the Family Services Agency, 14 Health Services Drive in DeKalb. Communities across the nation have hosted...