Maine Hello

August 30th, 2024: 8:00am-4:00pm


Maine Hello is a campus-wide event wherein returning students, faculty, and staff members from across the university volunteer to welcome new students and their families as they arrive on campus! Stay tuned to this page as we post more information throughout the summer. We can’t wait to welcome our newest Black Bears!

Volunteer Information

We are all very excited to welcome our newest Black Bears, and volunteers are key to a successful day.  Here is some information you should find helpful.

Volunteer morning shift: 7:45 am to 12:45 pm

Volunteer afternoon shift: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

All volunteers will be able to eat lunch in the dining halls.


  • Volunteers living on campus can move in Wednesday, August 28 – any time after 10:00 am
  • Required Training for all student volunteers on Thursday, August 29 10:00 am to 11:30 am  (location TBD).  You will receive your work assignment and a voucher for Thursday’s lunch!
  • If you are living on campus, you are required to volunteer on Friday or you will be charged for early move-in.


  • In-person and Zoom trainings will be available August 22-28.  Information will be sent in August.
    • If you are unable to attend the other trainings, there will be a Zoom training available on Thursday evening. During that training, we will tell you your shift and location.

Volunteer Responsibilities: 

Volunteers will have multiple roles. Some volunteers will make sure all belongings are labeled, watch belongings during the move-in process, and answer questions.  We will only be carrying heaving items into the Residence Hall (for example – a student who has a refrigerator or futon that we can have a few people help with).  Students and families will be bringing their belongings to their rooms, but if a student arrives alone, volunteers will assist with carrying things to their room.  Volunteers will also be assisting with parking at the residence halls, directing traffic, and working in parking lots throughout campus. You will receive your assignment at training.

We are not providing t-shirts this year.  You are encouraged to wear a UMaine shirt or something that showcases your student organization or department.

If you have any questions about volunteering for Maine Hello, contact the Bodwell Center at