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NCDC Committee Applications Due 10/5

28 Sep
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Are you interested in social justice, volunteering, community outreach, and volunteering?  Apply to be on an NCDC committee!  Applications are open for Community Outreach, Dialogues, Public Relations, Publicity, and Advocacy committees.

NCDC is Northwestern’s premiere student-run volunteer organization, with special emphasis on awareness and advocacy of the issues pertinent to the sites where students perform direct service.  We encourage volunteers to grow beyond their time at sites, providing opportunities for students to learn about, learn from, and develop projects with their site in a mutually-beneficial way.  As a Committee Member, you will be helping to coordinate thought-provoking and educational opportunities for other Northwestern students.

Applications must be turned in by October 5th 11:59pm to  Applicants will also take part interviews for each committee to which they apply, all of which will take place the week of October 6thand the committee heads will contact about signing up for a specific time.  Both the application and the interview are required, but the most substantial part of the application process will be this application.  Applicants are encouraged to apply for as many committees as are of interest to them, from just 1 to all 5!  If applying to multiple committees, please rank in order of preference on the application.   Applicants will be notified of the decisions regarding committees no later than Friday, October 12th.

2012-2013 NCDC Committee Application

A Time for Community

27 Sep
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Members of NCDC,

Northwestern Community Development Corps has always strived to help build community within Evanston and the greater Chicago area. At this point and time, we feel that there is a need for that more than ever. Aside from volunteering at a site or attending a social justice speaker, being a part of NCDC means you inherently care about the Northwestern community. Therefore, please continue reading below and understand that we are writing this with the hope that you – the civically engaged members of NCDC – would want to help to the best of your abilities.

While we try to keep any emails to you to be strictly about what goes on in NCDC, right now there’s a situation requiring our attention and respect: Harsha Maddula is still missing. If you have not yet heard about his disappearance, you can read and update yourself here and here. As co-chairs of NCDC, we are asking all of you, members of NCDC, to take some time out of your day and help with the search. His family needs to see that the Northwestern community cares about him. Harsha is a fellow Wildcat; please consider what would happen if this was your roommate or best friend – and then we hope you understand why the act of helping is so paramount to the cause.

Today, please meet us at 4 PM at 600 Haven St. (Seabury) for a Northwestern-wide event – a search party to find Harsha. We need to be engaged, we need to be committed, and we need to help bring Harsha home.

NCDC’s motto is “Be A Part of Something Bigger.” Let’s go do that.

If you have any questions or would like to talk, please feel free to reach either of us via email,

Thank you for time and understanding.

Amalia Namath & Stephanie Kim

Co-Chairs, Northwestern Community Development Corps

Project Pumpkin Committee Applications!

24 Sep
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Want to help over 1000 Evanston children celebrate Halloween this year in Norris?  Apply to be a on a committee!  Applications are due this Friday, Sept. 28th.

Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC) Project Pumpkin is an annual event that allows children from across Chicagoland a safe place to trick-or-treat: Norris University Center becomes a Halloween Paradise filled with a Haunted House, a Bounce House, fun costumes, and piles of candy. More than 1,000 children visit Project Pumpkin each year. Led by NU student chaperones, these kids play games at and receive goodies from booths hosted by NU student groups. We are looking for COMMITTEE MEMBERS to work with organizing this exciting event – we are especially interested in people who are responsible, committed, innovative, and have a passion to reach out to the community. In addition, we will be selecting COMMITTEE CHAIRS to lead their committees.

Click the link to access the application:

Growing Up Chicago: Dialogues Fall 2011

03 Nov
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This quarter, we chose to focus on issues of violence and education that impact Chicago youth. On November 10th, the CEO of Urban prep, a preparatory school aimed at changing the low graduation and college completion rates for young men in Chicago, will be speaking at McCormick Tribune from 5-6pm. We will also hold a discussion panel on November 8th with SESP Professors Dr. Carol Lee and Dr. Dan Lewis, Maddie Orenstein, college and career coach at Carl Schurz High School, Marcus Campbell, Director for Student Supports and Racial Equity at Evanston Township High School, and Eric Brown, Illinois director of the National Education Association. On November 15th, a second panel on violence prevention will be held with Tio Hardiman, the director of CeaseFire, Diane Latiker, founder of Kids Off The Block, Lara Brown, the director of Broadway Youth Center at Howard Brown, and Kathryn Saclarides, the director of violence prevention at Enhance Chicago. Speakers will present their work and students will the have the chance to ask questions and generate a discussion. NCDC site leaders will be present at both panels to discuss specific volunteer options. We are very excited to begin to discuss issues education and violence in Chicago this quarter, and hope to see everyone there!

November 8th, 7-9pm, Swift 107 “Education Hurdles”

November 10th, 5-6pm McCormick Tribune, “Tim King, CEO of Urban Prep”

November 15th, 7-9pm, Swift 107 “Violence Prevention”

Committee Applications Due 10/3

01 Oct
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Are you an NU undergrad interested in getting involved with all that we do? Apply to be on an NCDC committee! Dialogues, Community Outreach, Advocacy, Publicity and Public Relations are all open for members. Applications are due at midnight on Monday, October 3rd. Email for an application or with any questions.

Project Pumpkin Committee Applications Live!

25 Sep
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Want to be a part of NCDC’s biggest annual event, Project Pumpkin? Then head on over to and submit an application for a Project Pumpkin committee! You can choose Booths, Chaperones, Publicity or Decorations. No matter what you do you’ll help bring 1,000 excited children together in Norris University Center on October 27th.

Email Susan Sun (, Tulsi Parida ( or Stephanie Kim ( with any questions.

NCDC Fall Volunteer Fair

20 Sep
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NCDC is hosting the Fall Volunteer Fair from 3-6 PM in the Louis Room in Norris University Center on Wednesday, September 21st. Come and explore over 40 volunteer sites throughout Evanston and Chicago, and hear from Julie Santella, a former site leader and long-time volunteer with Jonquil Hotel.


Apply to be an NCDC site leader!!!

17 May
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Apply to be a 2011-2012 NCDC Site Leader!

The application is due THIS FRIDAY, May 20th, at 5:00pm! Don’t miss your chance!

Site Leaders play an integral role in the Greater Evanston/Chicagoland area. Site Leaders’ primary role is to develop mutually beneficial relationships between the Chicago community and the Northwestern campus, and to coordinate volunteer efforts at their particular site.

Volunteer Sites include all of the following interests:





Woman’s Issues

The environment


Please e-mail applications to

**Be sure to sign up for interviews via the link within the application**

Interviews will take place at the NCDC office (3rd floor, Norris, office G)

Don’t miss GASLAND and award-winning director Josh Fox

11 May
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Join NCDC and SEED for a screening of the dramatic documentary GASLAND and a conversation with the award-winning director, Josh Fox.

Tuesday, May 17th
Harris Hall 107
7-8:30 PM Screening
8:30-9 PM Conversation with Fox

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GASLAND is a dramatic documentary about the damaging environmental and social impacts of natural gas drilling, a highly intensive process known as ‘fracking.’

After director Fox received a a letter from a natural gas company interested in leasing his family’s land that sits atop the Marcellus Shale in Milanville, PA for drilling. Disturbed by the letter, he embarked on an odyssey to glean as much information as possible about natural gas drilling in the US—with movie camera in hand.

The result is a powerful film that uncovers a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.

That’s what we say…..
But what do critiques have to say about GASLAND?

“GASLAND just might be the best film of the year.” —The Huffington Post

“[I]f a film can ever enact social change, which is rare, the potency of GASLAND suggests that this may be that film.” —Variety

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors:
Institute for Sustainable Energy at Northwestern (ISEN)
Environmental Campus Outreach (ECO)
Environmental Policy and Culture (EPC)
Inspire Films

4th Time’s a Charm!

02 May
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Thanks to all the artists, performers, student groups, and NU and Evanston community members who made the 4th annual ArtsFest such a great success!

We so thoroughly enjoyed getting henna tattoos from SASA, watching the Renegade Dance Architects no once but TWICE, strolling through the aisles of incredible artwork, and celebrating springtime with such a happy, sunny day. Check out North by Northwestern’s article here.

We look forward to seeing you again next year!