Empowering Individuals
Empowers Communities


In 1985 Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living opened its doors with the mission to empower people with disabilities to live in community’s in which we live.  Since that time we have moved a couple of times, met a lot of friends, served thousands of people, and made a difference in our five-(5) county areas.  We do that with dedicated volunteers, Board of Directors, and team members.  We think our role in the lives of our stakeholders is pretty important and we are proud to serve. We’d like you to join us, here are the opportunities:

  • Employment

We do not have any positions on our team available at this time.  Please check again!

  • Volunteers

NICIL is recruiting Volunteers.  Volunteers are always needed and are a vital part of our organization.  Give at least four (4) hours a week and you will be helping our community and the people we serve.

  • Here are the benefits you will receive from volunteering at NICIL
    • You will gain experience and skills which may be valuable in your career
    • You will learn more about our community and its challenges and resources.
    • You will meet people who are actively involved with the disability community.
    • You will be assisting in creating a more positive future for people with disabilities.

If you are interested in possibility becoming a NICIL volunteer or would like more information on Volunteering, please call us at 815-625-7860.   Want to read the story of one of our volunteers?  Click here to read Mark’s Story, you will be glad you did.  Click here

  • Internship

NICIL does offer internships periodically throughout the year.  These are non salary internships but offer the participant the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and skills in the disability services industry.  All internship participants are required to complete a background check, application, and an interview process.  Details will be posted when opportunities are available.

Hours of operations:

We have summer hours and winter hours as well as times that our office is closed.  Here are the details:

Monday thru Friday  8:00am to 4:30pm

Vacation times:            Christmas Eve to January 2

Events:                        We close our office only when we as a team are attending a NICIL event.


General Information
Our Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Due to the budget impasses

Our Location:
412 Locust
Sterling, IL 61081

Phone: 815-625-7860
TTY: 815-625-7863
Toll Free: 888-886-4245
Fax: 815-625-7876

NICIL is now on Goodshop & Goodsearch! Help us raise funds, one penny at a time. See our NICIL Support page for details!
What is happening at NICIL…
Click on our Event page to find out what is happening now!

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