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Due to the use of time-slots for students and having an elongated move-in process, the need for Hokie Helpers is greater than ever. With that in mind we’re putting out a call for healthy Hokie Helpers near and far… at a social distance, of course!

To promote the health and safety of students and families, as well as our Hokie Helpers, the Hokie Helper program will look different in Fall 2020. Once students and families arrive to their assigned parking lot, they will be greeted by Hokie Helpers and directed to a Hokie Helper tent set up in the parking lot area. Parking lots serving multiple larger buildings will have multiple tents to mitigate long lines. Queuing marks will be displayed to indicate a safe distance between students/families. At the tent, their wristband will be checked, Hokie Helpers will ensure students and families receive:

  • Move in map with directions on how to get to their assigned building.
  • A mask (if students or helpers have not brought their own).
  • 1 sanitized moving cart disinfected in the moment by Hokie Helpers using appropriate PPE.
  • Hand sanitizer, if desired.

When carts are done being used, students will be directed to return carts to a designated cart corralling area closer to their residence hall. Hokie Helpers and/or hall staff will then re-sanitize carts before returning them to tents.

Hokie Helpers will NOT be allowed to assist with moving student items this year.

Additional tasks that Hokie Helpers may be needed to assist with include:

  • Directing traffic in parking lot.
  • Elevator operation.
  • Collection/disposal of recycling/trash.
  • Providing directions.
  • Clearing buildings and parking lots between time slots.

Training will be provided virtually to all volunteers in advance of move-in day.

Hokie Helpers shifts for 2020 will be daily:

August 14, 2020 and end on August 23, 2020:

  • 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Unfortunately, this year we will not be handing out our traditional Blue Hokie Helper Shirts. Instead we ask you to show up in your favorite Hokie gear!

Learn more about move in this Fall here!

Hokie Helpers Registration Instructions

This year, you may only register as an individual. With so many moving pieces, group registration would prove too difficult. If you would like to work with a friend or co-worker, we will try our best to make those arrangements for you. Please contact us at to provide us with the name of the individual you would like to work with. 

The registration site can be found here: Hokie Helpers Registration

We (and especially the parents, families, and students) appreciate every volunteer!

Darryl McCallum

Ken Belcher

Questions? Email us at