BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A record incoming class at Virginia Tech means the university needs help.
Wednesday marked the last day of orientation for new students.
They'll be back again in three weeks to move in.
But the group Hokie Helpers, which assists with move in, said with the record number of incoming students, they need more volunteers.
The volunteers will help from August 23 through August 26 all over campus, offering directions, bottles of cold water, and help moving into residence halls.
The Hokie Helpers wear bright royal blue shirts, so to be easily recognized in the sea of orange and maroon.
In addition to students, faculty, and staff, members of the university administration have been spotted carrying heavy loads up and down the stairs of residence halls. The Virginia Tech football team has even taken a break from preparing for the upcoming season to get their weight-lifting quota in by hefting boxes and bags of students’ belongings.
Volunteers are needed for various shifts throughout move-in, and it’s not just those willing to get their sweat on who are essential to the Hokie Helpers program. Information tents are set up near parking lots to give assistance to students and families, and each tent is run by Hokie Helper volunteers. There truly is a job for any willing Hokie.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, three shifts are available for volunteers: morning from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., mid-day from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and afternoon from 1:30-5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 26, volunteers are needed for one shift, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteers can register as an individual and be assigned to work with others who have volunteered. Groups can also register to volunteer together.
Click here for the Hokie Helpers website to register as a volunteer.
Registration closes on August 14 and locations assignments, times and dates will be sent on Friday August 18.