Doors Open Calgary (DOYYC)

Doors Open Calgary DOYYC Volunteer Opportunities
Over the last weekend in September, many of Calgary’s most intriguing and beloved sites participate in Doors Open YYC. For this one weekend, buildings in all quadrants of the city open their doors – free of charge – to the public and provide revealing tours and behind-the-scenes experiences. Whether you’re a geek for history, architecture, the environment, art, sports, science or engineering, this is your chance at an insider’s view of Calgary’s vibrant and dynamic cityscape. Doors Open is a well-established and highly successful international concept that allows people free access to buildings in order to create enthusiasm for heritage and contemporary architecture, and increase the appreciation of historic and culturally significant places and spaces. DOYYC 2015 will be Calgary’s fourth annual Doors Open event. The event is planned and organized by the Doors Open Calgary Association, a registered non-profit organization with a volunteer board. For more information, please visit

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Site Host/Greeter (two hosts per site, per shift)You are a huge part of the positive experience of the public at Doors Open. As visitors arrive, you will greet them and answer basic questions about Doors Open as well as assist site representatives to ensure a positive experience for everyone involved.

Time Commitment: As much as possible, with a minimum of a 1⁄∕2 day (4 hours) shift on either of the two days of the event and at least one mandatory training session. Volunteers are also welcome to attend a volunteer/sponsor appreciation event to be held in October.

Key Characteristics:

  • Outgoing, friendly personality
  • Cool, and calm under pressure as sites get busy

Key responsibilities:

  •  Welcome visitors on the day of the event at the assigned site.
  • Setting up the flag (or taking it down if you have the afternoon shift).
  • Give basic information about the event and the site.
  •  Keep a record of visitor attendance as well as basic information (i.e. age group, place of residence, etc.) for our records.The Volunteer Coordinator will collect this information at the end of each day. You will be provided with a tally sheet to use,but can submit your totals via email at the end of your shift.
  •  If you have access to social media during the event post, blog, tweet as you help spread the word about the event and yourparticular site. Possible posts could include what visitors are saying, specifics of your site’s programming, and photos,photos, photos!
  • Report any issues and incidents to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Distribution/Collection Team

 Help distribute volunteer support materials, banners and bins to the participating sites.
Time Commitment: Up to four hours before/after the event. Volunteers are also welcome to attend a volunteer/sponsor appreciation event to be held in October.
Key characteristics:
  • Organized.
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Clean driving record and access to a vehicle.

Key responsibilities:

  • Deliver bins and banners to the participating sites during business hours.
  • Typically, the distribution of materials will take place on the Thursday and Friday before the event, and the collection of materials will take place Sunday after the event, and on Monday.
  • If you like, you can also volunteer during the event weekend as a “cruiser”.

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