Helping Hands

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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 the fact that the campus community is fully engaged in the student housing move-in process. This year, Helping Hands starts Monday, August 20, 2018

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 & Student Volunteers:  Click here to sign up through our Helping Hands System. Note: Student organizations cannot sign up as a group- please have each individual member of your organization sign up on his/her own. This assists when we need to send information out to all volunteers, all volunteers will receive the necessary information. 

Coaches/Athletics Groups: Fill out this form as a "Faculty/Staff" but let us know your details (group size, time, length of volunteering) in the "Comments Section". 

Alumni – sign up to volunteer with the Alumni Association by signing up here. Two shifts are available, and beverages/meals are provided (along with a t-shirt to work in)! Sign up for one or both shifts. 

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.  


What if I Need to Cancel or Change My Time?

When you complete your reservation, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to you- be sure to keep this e-mail! In that e-mail, a link is provided for canceling. It is uniquely connected to your e-mail & sign-up time, so you will need to utilize that direct link. To cancel, click on the link and confirm your cancel. If you need to reschedule, just cancel your assigned reservation and then re-sign up for a time that will work for you better. 


Any further questions or concerns can be directed to Susan Brunell, Residence Life Assistant via email ( or by calling (616) 331-2823.

Page last modified July 17, 2018