What is Helping Hands?
Administrators, faculty members, staff members, student organizations, and alumni participate in our housing move-in week by serving as volunteers for the Helping Hands program. This group of dedicated volunteers assists students with the following during move-in week: directing traffic, carrying supplies from cars to student rooms, assisting new students with check-in, and welcoming students and their families to campus. We are very proud of the Helping Hands program and the fact that the campus community is fully engaged in the student housing move-in process. We thank our volunteers for their helping hand.
Why is Helping Hands so important?
For first year students, research indicates that the first six weeks at college are critical to retention and student satisfaction; the first few days being the most important. We want to make the beginning of the fall semester a positive and inclusive experience for our students by having a strong faculty/staff presence during housing move-in.
How Can I Sign Up to Volunteer?
Faculty/Staff – sign up to volunteer by filling out the online registration form here. You will receive a confirmation of your registration and our team will contact you late July, early August about assignments.
Students – sign up to volunteer to lend a helping hand during Grand Valley’s three days of fall move in, August 20–22, by signing up here. Contact the Office of Student Life at (616) 331-2345 with any questions.
Local Organizations and Neighbors – Although we appreciate the support of local organizations and neighbors, we are only able to accommodate volunteer time from faculty members, staff members, student organization members, and alumni. Please visit our homepage to see what upcoming events you can be involved with.
Any further questions or concerns can be directed to Susan Brunell via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling (616) 331-2823.