What does it take to volunteer on the Eco-Solar Home tour?
It starts with one of the volunteer orientation nights. Here we will spend about an hour letting people know what to expect on tour day and matching up the volunteers with the homes of the tour. After that meeting there will be a guided tour of the home. This briefing lets you meet some of the other volunteers and homeowners. It also gives you a chance to see another home of the tour.
Then there are the tour days: Edmonton on Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd; and Calgary on Sunday June 9th. Normally volunteers would help out on only one tour day in their respective City. Volunteers would need to be at the home at least an hour before the tour to help the homeowner set up and to find out more about the home.
There is lunch provided to all homeowners and volunteers on tour day. We ask that volunteers arrive at the home by 11 so that they can meet the homeowners, learn about the home, and to eat before the tour starts at noon. We provide a sandwich platter to each home which will include some vegetarian sandwiches but volunteers need to let us know if they have any food allergies.
Most homes on the tour are open from noon until 4:30 pm (sites outside the City may start earlier at 10 am and run to 4:30). Volunteers need to be able to help during this period when the home is open. We are expecting a large amount of people this year so be prepared to be busy the entire time that the home is open. You should expect to be on your feet for these 4 1/2 hours. If you can't stand for this period you may want to bring a folding chair. At 4:30 pm the open house hours are over and volunteers may be asked by the homeowners to help put some of the tour materials away.
After the tour there is a volunteer and homeowner get-together (location and time TBA). At this get-together we hope to get feedback from all the volunteers and homeowners on how the tour went and what we can do better on our next tour. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at this after-party.
Volunteering with the Eco-Solar Home tour is a great chance to meet homeowners and builders who are building the best energy efficient homes in Edmonton. If you would like to volunteer please sign up to the appropriate mailing list:
Go back to the Eco Solar Tour Web Site.