Sign Up for the Welcome Back Walkabout 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Welcome Back Walkabout 2015 logoThe Welcome Back Walkabout is an annual program in which small groups of volunteers visit off-campus students in their rental houses and apartments at the beginning of fall semester. The volunteers welcome students back to town and provide useful information about living off-campus in Oxford neighborhoods. In addition to handing out packets of information, they will also deliver cookies to each house that answers the door. This project began in 2002 and has great impact, beginning the academic year in a positive way.

Why do we need the Walkabout?

College towns have been dealing with challenging student behavior for decades. The Walkabout project is based on the premise that interacting with students on their own doorstep makes them more aware of the broader Oxford community and has a positive impact on behavior.

What are the volunteer duties?

Volunteers will visit 20 to 35 off-campus houses over about one to two hours. One house may have one to four units. No buildings with more than four units will be visited. You’ll have a brief conversation with the students you reach about the Oxford community, including city ordinances, local services, and community expectations of responsible and respectful behavior. Volunteers will receive information and talking points.

Who can volunteer?

People of all ages, including full-time community members, faculty, staff, and students can volunteer! Children and pets are especially nice additions to teams. The greater the diversity of participants, the better representation of the full community.

When is the Welcome Back Walkabout?

There are two time slots available:

  • Sunday, August 23, 2015, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
  • Monday, August 24, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

How do I sign up?

If you are able to participate, please fill out the Walkabout Volunteer sign up form by Friday August 7, 2015.

What if I have questions?

Send questions in an email.

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