The Welcome Bags program recruits long time residents in the University District area to help welcome new student renters moving into the neighborhood for the academic year. The program provides an opportunity for the neighbors to meet each other and to start the year off on the right foot. Furthermore, the bags are filled with information about renter rights, city ordinances that renters should be aware of, and information about resources that provide assistance to student renters.
Rake Lending Program
We have a fleet of rakes that we loan out to student renters for 1 week at a time. We remind students to rake their leaves before their scheduled leaf pick up date.
Sunday Sweepers Neighborhood Clean-ups
Every Sunday following a home Griz football game the Neighborhood Ambassadors partner with 3 different student groups to pick up any trash or debris left over from the previous days celebrations. The student groups that participate receive a $100 monetary bonus to their student group account. This program is funded by UM Athletics, UM Dining, the Alumni Association, and Campus Recreation. This program would not be possible without their generous support!
Shovels for Students
We have a fleet of snow shovels that we loan out for the season. The shovels are free for student renters to borrow and are available on a first come first served basis. When providing the shovels, we also educate students on city ordinances pertaining to shoveling.
Campus Thrift is a student move out program that aims to reduce the waste accumulated at the end of each academic year. We collect unwanted items from students when they move out of the Residence Halls and rentals. All collected items are then sold at our Campus Thrift sale or donated to local thrift stores. The Ambassadors specifically help coodinate the off-campus portion of this community wide effort. We host drop off sites for renters to leave unwanted items and coordinate a free furniture pick up service for renters.
Traffic Circle Maintenance
Each year the ambassadors help maintain a few of the "un-adopted" traffic circles within the University District.
Each spring when the weather permits, a team of our Ambassadors work to remove some of the unwanted grafitti markings on signs within the University District.