Tour of Homes Volunteer Instructions

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Thank you for volunteering for the 43rd Annual Grant Park Tour of Homes!

Your Ticket info:
As a volunteer you may pick up your free tour booklet/ticket at the ticket booth at any time (open 11:30ish to 5ish both Saturday and Sunday). The ticket booth is located at the Erskine Fountain on Cherokee Ave across from Ormond St.  You will see a tent there.  There is no need to check in anywhere before your shift - just head to your assigned home at the designated time.  We trust you'll still show up for your shift even if you get your Tour Booklet early.  

Mothball tickets: Your name will be on a list at the door the night of the Mothball. We do not have a physical ticket to give you for the Mothball.

Your shift:

  • Closer to the tour date, please find your assigned location in the attached "Volunteer Shifts ToH 2017" at the upper right corner of this web page.(Check back - this will be available later tonight). 
  • Please let us know if anything changes! Please call Cindy Comisky at 703.424.0618 or email her at
  • Please be a few minutes early to your shift and do not leave a location unattended.  Again, call Cindy if no one comes to relieve you after your shift, or if you're signed up to be with someone else that doesn't show.
  • Please do not let anyone in a home prior to or after tour times:
    Saturday 12:00PM* to 5:00PM
    Sunday 12:00PM* to 5:00PM
    *Note that volunteers should arrive at 11:45am for the first shift, but the tour does not start until 12PM.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.  Some volunteers like to sit on the porch and greet people as they enter the home, while others prefer greeting guests from just inside the front door.  Please dress accordingly.  Volunteers stationed at a Garden location will likely be out in the elements, so bring an umbrella, etc. if necessary.  You may also want to consider bringing some reading material in case it gets slow.
When you arrive:
  • Each location will have:
    • Name tags and Sharpies. Please use a nametag so that people recognize that you're an official Tour of Homes Volunteer (they'll be impressed).  Please leave the Sharpies and empty name tags when you're done - someone will pick those up later.
    • A goodie bag. Please take only one goodie bag for each shift you volunteer.  
  • Familiarize yourself with your assigned location. 
    • House write ups are located at the Tour of Homes homepage:
    • Introduce yourself to the homeowner if they're there so you can receive any special instructions, history of the home, etc. from them.
  • Greet people as they arrive and "X" out the corresponding house number on the back of EACH Tour Booklet and EACH Tour One-Pager* with the Sharpie marker. For everyone’s safety, anyone entering the home must have a Tour Booklet or One-Pager to gain access to the site/home.
    • *The One-Pager is one sheet of thick paper that is the front of the tour booklet on one side and the back of the tour booklet on the other side with no pages.  Essentially it's just a ticket for folks that tour together in groups so that we don't have to print out entire booklets for each person.
  • Please do not leave the front door unmanned, but if you have volunteer buddy one of you can occasionally walk through the house and make sure no one is going through drawers or closets.  Feel free to engage in friendly conversation with the tour goers - make them feel welcomed!  Remember - you are the face of the neighborhood!
  • Please do not leave a home without the next volunteer taking over for your shift. Please take a few minutes to “train” the next volunteer with any helpful information, popular questions asked, and any tidbits from the owner.
  • Think of the home as your home. 
  • We're on social media!  Take pics while you're on the tour, or while you're volunteering and use #GPTOH2017 to create a buzz!

For any problems, please call:
Michelle Kirby, GPNA Tour of Homes Coordinator 404.234.5194
Cindy Comisky, GPNA Tour of Homes Volunteer Manager 703.424.0618
Jeff Rogers, GPNA President 404.520.5333
For emergencies call 911

Have fun and thank you!!!



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