Thursday, August 1, 2013

Volunteer: First Year Residential Experience

Dear FGCU Community,

It is that time of year again where we are gearing up for our annual South Village New Student Move-In and are looking for volunteers to assist us! As part of the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Program, this is our first opportunity to ensure that our students’ transition from home to college is a seamless one. 

This year we have 2 dates where move-in will occur:
a)      Wednesday, August 14th (we will be looking to have volunteers from 8am-Noon)
b)      Thursday, August 15th (staggered check-in from 8am-5pm)
Please note that we will only be taking a limited number of volunteers on Wednesday as Thursday will be our busiest day; we would appreciate as much help as possible for Thursday, August 15th!

This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and/or your organization to over 1,700 incoming first-year students and their families. We will need volunteers to help direct traffic, monitor parking lots and most importantly - assist students and families with unloading vehicles and moving belongings into the buildings. We highly encourage your organization or office to wear your group shirt to show your pride and make a great first impression!

The move-in process is staggered by floor for each building, so students will be arriving throughout the day.  Any assistance you can offer will be greatly appreciated.  Service learning hours are also available for student volunteers.

Please send all responses to Denise Keating, our Volunteer Coordinator at by August 7th at 3pm.  Please include the name of your department/student group, a contact person (with name/email/cell phone), the number of volunteers you are looking to have (estimates are also welcome), and the day(s) and time(s) that you are available to volunteer. 

Thank you in advance for your help; the University community has always been very supportive during this busy time and we could not be as successful as we are without you!


Lindsey Johns
Assistant Director of Residence Life, South Village
Office of Housing and Residence Life

Florida Gulf Coast University

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