Creating a world-class move-in experience through volunteerism

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer Week 2016 series, profiling volunteer-driven University of Waterloo initiatives that help make a difference in our community.

Each Labour Day weekend, Housing and Residences at the University of Waterloo organizes Family Welcome: a volunteer-driven program designed to welcome incoming undergraduate students to their new home and celebrate the start of their post-secondary career with their families. Running for the past five years, the Family Welcome event aims to establish a strong sense of community in our students. It also provides a unique opportunity for University of Waterloo students, faculty, staff, alumni and executive leaders to volunteer their time and engage directly with new students and their families.

volunteers moving items on move-in day

“For many students, move-in day is one of the first interactions students and their families have with the University of Waterloo, and it’s an opportunity for us to create a positive first impression of Housing and Residences, as well as the University as a whole,” says fall 2015 Family Welcome coordinator, Ben McDonald.

student volunteers moving items on move-in dayDean of UWaterloo’s Faculty of Arts, Douglas Peers, has volunteered at the Family Welcome for the last several years: 

“It’s a great weekend. What really impresses the new students and their parents is the number of current student volunteers there to help with the move in. It’s the human touch that the student volunteers bring, that truly makes the weekend special.”

By giving back on move-in weekend, members of the University of Waterloo help to foster a strong sense of community from day one for new undergraduate students. Whether they are lending a hand with move-in items, building key relationships, or helping newcomers navigate campus, volunteers are an essential part of creating a world-class experience at Waterloo.

The Family Welcome events will be posted on LEADS in August – we hope you can join us!

Note: LEADS is where many University of Waterloo student job and volunteer opportunities, as well as event sign-ups are posted. You can access LEADS here, using your UWaterloo credentials to login.

Student volunteers pose together on move-in day

From April 10 to 16, 2016, we invite you to join in the conversation by celebrating and recognizing individuals, groups, committees and clubs at Waterloo who actively make a difference through volunteering. Share your photos, comments, or words of thanks on Twitter and Instagram using #UWCommunity and #NVW2016.

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