GV lends a helping hand to incoming freshmen


President Mantella meets students during move-in. The Helping Hands program gave GVSU faculty and staff an opportunity to help students settle in. COURTESY | AMANDA PITTS

Marin Smith, Photo Intern

This week, faculty and staff helped first year students feel welcomed during move-in week through the Helping Hands program at Grand Valley State University. 

Helping Hands is a volunteer program provided by GVSU to help first year students with the move-in process. Faculty, staff members and students volunteered to assist with carrying items from cars, directing traffic and welcoming students to campus. 

Marketing and Communications Manager Camille Curtis said that the program is “an essential part of the move-in process. Move-in wouldn’t be successful without the volunteers.” 

“It’s a great way to give back to the community,” said assignment coordinator and volunteer Amanda Brower. “Every first-year student who’s lived on campus remembers their move-in process and it’s a great way to help them have a good experience”

The program was implemented from Aug. 19-21.