Friday, September 09, 2011

Volunteer Docents Needed for Sunset Smart Home

Friend/Client/Designer Valerie Lasker sent me the following today.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area this is a great opportunity to see the latest Sunset Smart Home for FREE, and also help a good cause.


Sunset Smart Home in Palo Alto: Volunteers Needed

Some of you know that my husband is a volunteer puppy-raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI): This is our latest CCI puppy Jacee, now 4+ months old:

Sunset Magazine has just agreed to donate $2,500 to CCI in return for providing 192(yikes!) volunteer docent shifts at their new Smart Homes open house.

The Smart Homes were designed by Sunset Magazine and will be featured in a future issue. These homes are designed to make life easier and more efficient. Volunteers would get to see them free; the tickets are normally $18/person.

Total 8 volunteers per shift. Two docents will sell tickets at door and one docent on each of three floors (in two adjacent homes) will monitor traffic flow. (Number of people on each floor at one time is restricted by fire marshal. Docents will have "cheat sheets" to answer general questions but there will be vendor reps there to answer technical questions about equipment. Docents do not need to stand during the shift. Each floor is only 500 square feet and each unit is 1500 square feet so a lot of walking is not necessary.

Shifts are Friday, Saturday or Sunday from Oct. 21 to November 13, either 9:30 - 1:30 or 1:30 - 5:30.

If you are willing to docent at one or more shifts, please call the volunteer coordinator Pat Wilcox at info line 408 257-6860. Be sure to say that you are volunteering to help CCI.

Forgive me for this commercial message. But it's for a worthwhile charity and is an interesting design event. Thanks!