Volunteer for Miami's Walkabout 2016.
Volunteer for Miami's Walkabout 2016.

Sign up now for Miami's Walkabout 2016

by Jen O'Brien, off-campus outreach

Join colleagues for Miami University's Walkabout 2016, Aug. 28 and 29.

What is Walkabout?

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 smoothly in Oxford neighborhoods. In addition to packets of information, they also deliver cookies to each house that answers the door. 

Why do we need Walkabout? 

College towns have dealt 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 makes a positive impact on behavior.

What do volunteer do?

Volunteers will be asked to visit 20-35 units over about 1-2 hours. (One house may have 1 - 4 units. No places with more than 4 units will be visited in this manner.) You'll have a brief conversation with the students you reach about the Oxford community - city ordinances, local services, and community expectations of responsible and respectful behavior. We'll provide you with the information and talking points.

When is it? 

There will be several time slots to volunteer 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, and 4-6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. 

To participate, fill out the Walkabout Volunteer registration form by Friday Aug. 10.