Service is the rent we pay for living. - Marian Wright Edelman
At North Central, we develop great tenants of the human community. Beginning with the Into the Streets service project during first-year orientation, students find opportunities around every corner—including regular local service projects, national and international service trips, and our annual Intersection service day each spring.
In fact, each year more than 1,000 students give more than 21,000 hours toward service and volunteerism—an effort that regularly earns the College recognition on President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Many classes include a service-learning component, and all of our 60-plus student organizations plan at least one service project throughout the year; six of those student organizations have the specific mission of service, justice and community action.
North Central students can regularly be found stocking food pantry shelves, befriending refugee families, tutoring children in underperforming schools, mentoring urban youth, visiting the elderly in nursing homes and raking leaves for neighbors. Student organizations like Cardinals in Action, Junior/Senior Scholars, Circle K International and the Uncommon Life Movement facilitate rich service experiences that build lasting relationships in Naperville, Aurora, Chicago and beyond.
During college breaks, students have a bit more time to embark on service adventures. Alternative Spring Break trips, planned by the student organization Break Away, include multiple opportunities to build homes with Habitat for Humanity in places like Florida, Alabama and South Carolina. Other trips are focused on urban issues through our partnership with the Center for Student Missions, which guides students to meaningful service in cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Summer break and our December Term allow for even more intense service immersions. Our global partners in places like Kenya, Haiti, Mexico and the Philippines give students opportunities to experience ongoing relief and development work, including visiting HIV/AIDS orphans and assisting in earthquake rebuilding projects. Students can also make an international impact by staying on campus, advocating for human rights, raising funds to build schools, and packing meals for malnourished kids through organizations like International Justice Mission, NCC for Africa, Heifer International and Feed My Starving Children.