Over 1,800 of you showed up last year to welcome students onto the CU Boulder campus, and we need your help again. We are recruiting volunteers to assist with a variety of events and tasks during Fall Welcome. We are hoping to engage students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members in the tradition of welcoming new students and families to CU-Boulder.  We are going to need over 3,000 people to help out this year with Fall Welcome. 

If you would like to register a group of people please email Hannah Wilks or call 303-735-4600 and she can help you register your whole student group, department, or office.

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Volunteer Information

Volunteers checking students into their residence halls.

Fall Welcome Volunteering FAQ

Fall Welcome is the first few weeks of school when CU-Boulder provides intentional programming opportunities for new students to connect to each other and to the university, and to help them find their place at CU through their transition. This includes move-in as well.

This is an opportunity for members of our community to create a welcoming environment and share your institutional pride with incoming students. For students, you can connect with new students and share with them what you know about CU to help them find their place and fit. For staff and faculty, you can connect with students and share what your department does or the classes you teach, and outline how you can be a resource to them during their time at CU.

To sign up for 2018 Fall Welcome volunteer opportunities visit the Sign-Up page.

  • When you open a signup read through the information at the top to help you orient yourself to the opportunities available.  
  • Select the times you would like to volunteer by clicking the selection check-box. (Note: You are able to sign up for more than one opportunity at a time by selecting multiple boxes).

  • When you are finished selecting the individual time slots select the SignUp and Submit button at the bottom of your screen.

  • Creating an account is the easiest way to manage your sign ups, that way you can go back and edit them in the future if your plans change.

  • Answer all of the questions to proceed through the signup and agree to the Risk and Waiver of Liability to complete and you are finished.  

  • You may click, “Add this to my calendar” selection at the top to ensure you update your calendar with all the volunteer opportunities you selected.

  • You will receive a reminder 2 days before each opportunity you signed up.

You can have all members sign-up for a particular shift (which is preferred, since each person needs to sign a waiver) or you can contact Hannah Wilks at hannah.wilks@colorado.edu to help you do this.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities that you can sign-up for, and tasks can include helping move boxes, greeting families, helping sign-in volunteers and get them assigned to a volunteer task, assisting with traffic flow and parking, marshalling for CU Kickoff or Convocation, helping students find their way across campus, handing out cookies to students as they head to the Hill.

We have a great variety of campus and community members who help volunteer for Fall Welcome. This includes first-year students, student groups, parents, alums, Greek women, community members, and more.

Shifts range from 1 ½ to 4 hours, depending on need.

Shifts fall during the day and night and are mostly from Saturday, August 18th – Saturday, September 1st, with CU in the Neighborhood continuing on the weekends through September.

You MUST bring your Buff One Card to check in, but we also recommend bringing a filled water bottle, a raincoat in case of rain, and snacks if think you'll get hungry.

We will be passing out Be Boulder shirts and Fall Welcome hats, so dress to add those to your outfit if you’d like. We recommend layers and a raincoat because of the unpredictable weather, and closed-toe shoes are a must for your safety, particularly for move-in.

Pay attention when you sign-up, as most volunteer opportunities are location-based. We will send you a reminder two days before your scheduled volunteer shift with the detailed location of where you will check in. For move-in, it will be a headquarter tent where you will check in and be assigned a volunteer task.

You need to have a current and valid Drivers License, have the Defensive Driving training completed,  and be able to follow directions, pay attention, and be ready to engage with new and returning CU students and families.


Thanks for signing up to volunteer for CU Boulder's 2018 Fall Welcome. Below you should find information you'll need to know where to check in, what to bring, what to expect, and additional information for your volunteer shifts.

Where to check in for your Move In, Headquarter, Traffic Support, or Golf Cart shift:

All volunteers that are assisting during Move In, which takes place from August 18 – August 21 will check in at the Headquarter Tents.

  • Headquarter map will be published over the Summer.

Golf Cart Volunteers: 

Check in at the Move In Headquarter Tents: 

  • Headquarter map will be published over the Summer.

In order to drive a golf cart and be covered by CU’s insurance while driving, you must complete the online defensive driving course through MyCUInfo/Skillsoft.

Access to training coming soon.

What to expect the day you are volunteering:

  • Arrive on time to your shift at the assigned Volunteer Check In location.
  • Check in with your Buff One Card, or ID if you don’t have a Buff One Card.
  • Pick up your volunteer shirt, hat, and name tag. You may come to UMC 458 to pick a shirt up before your shift if you wish.
  • Be assigned to a task.
  • Volunteer at task throughout the duration of your shift.
  • Stay hydrated!
  • At the end of your shift, return bins, or materials you used, if applicable and check-out to receive your meal card.

What to bring and wear:

  • Dress for the event and weather.
  • Wear comfortable shoes – closed toed.
  • Your Volunteer Buff shirt, or you can represent your organization’s/departments by wearing your own shirts.
  • If helping with an outdoor event, consider wearing sunscreen, bringing a rain coat, or similar, we will have some items available to use as well.
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Bring snacks – we will have some, but you know yourself/body/diet better than we do.
  • Prepare to arrive on time for your shift and be ready to work.

Volunteer Positions

Move-In Volunteer Roles:

CU Here - assist international students arriving at DIA. Help them navigate their way through the airport, find transportation to Boulder, and provide information. 

Headquarter (HQ) Volunteer - assist at headquarter tents in checking volunteers in and providing information to families and students during move-in days.

Move-In Volunteer - assist with move-in for students, including unpacking cars, moving boxes, and welcoming students and families onto campus.

Golf Cart Shuttle Volunteer - must valid driver’s license and take the online Defensive Driving training; shuttle families from parking structures to Residence Halls and answer questions while providing a welcoming environment.

Traffic Support Volunteer -  support parking services staff with the process of helping students and families while waiting in line or finding the quick drop stations. In addition, answer questions while providing a welcoming environment.

Signature Event Volunteer Roles:

Black and Gold Bash Volunteer -  assist the Herd Student Alumni Association and New Student and Family Programs with what is sure to be a memory-making event for students. Tasks include facilitating activities like a zip line, bungee trampolines, helping manage lines, and distributing snacks. Volunteer registration is open to staff, faculty, alumni, community members and returning students only. First-year students can’t register for this opportunity.

Buff Stop Volunteer - provide information on classroom locations to students returning to class on the first day. For staff, faculty, alumni, community members and returning students only. First-year students can't register for this opportunity.

Convocation Volunteer - usher students into the convocation space and between venues for events. For staff, faculty, alumni, community members and returning students only. First-year students can't register for this opportunity.

CU in the Neighborhood - on Friday and Saturday evenings, meet students as they head along the main pedestrian corridors to the Hill, remind them that they are Buffs wherever they go and pass out cookies. For staff, faculty, alumni, community members and returning students only. First-year students can't register for this opportunity.

CU Kick Off Volunteer - usher students in the Folsom Field, ensuring safety and timely seating and exiting.  Help create a fun and exciting environment. For staff, faculty, alumni, community members and returning students only. First-year students can't register for this opportunity.

Fall Fest Volunteer - assist the University Memorial Center (UMC) staff in facilitating events and a fun night at the UMC for all first-year students. For staff, faculty, alumni, community members and returning students only. First-year students can't register for this opportunity.

Family Lounge Volunteer - welcome and interact with CU Buff families and parents in the lounges. Providing conversation, refreshments, answer questions, restocking supplies, and provide a connection to campus for the people enjoying their break from moving their new students on campus.