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About Community Resources

JMU’s Office of Human Resources offers this program as a gateway to campus and community that will help to make the transition to our area as smooth as possible, both for the new employee and for their families. The program is designed to decrease the stress of moving as much as possible by having basic useful knowledge available for prospective or new employees.


Note: Information is provided as an outreach to new employees by the Office of Human Resources.  Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, we cannot guarantee it.  The links provided do not constitute any endorsement or recommendation by James Madison University.


Program services are available to the families of prospective employees in the final stages of the recruiting process or recently hired full-time faculty and staff members relocating to the area. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Community Resources offer?

We are available to offer referrals and provide information on a variety of topics, including housing and real estate, childcare and local school systems, and activities to engage in whether on or off campus.

Please review our Campus and Community Resources guide to learn more!

What if I require a resource not listed?

There are many people, resources, and services available to assist and support you as you settle in and make your unique contribution to JMU and your new community. Personalized assistance and referrals to of community resources are available upon request. We will do our best to provide you the information or referral you need.

Where do I find information about events taking place in the community?

A wide variety of events take place right on JMU’s campus. You can check out our main events calendar to learn more; performing arts events at JMU are listed at our Forbes Center, and upcoming athletic events information is shared through JMU Sports. The Harrisonburg Visitor’s Center and the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce have information on downtown events, children’s activities, family fun, and outdoor adventures.


To request additional information about the surrounding community, please reach out to our Recruitment and Employment Services Team at or 540-568-7203 so that we provide personalized assistance.

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