Hundreds of quilts are on display each year at Road to California. Some are viewed in special exhibits but many are the winning entries for Road’s quilt contest. Because Road has over 39,000 guests come to the show each year, special care needs to be taken to insure the safety and integrity of all the fabric art masterpieces. To help provide proper care and security for the quilts on display, Road enlists the help of individuals affectionately referred to as White Glove volunteers.
The role of White Glove volunteers is to greet visitors at the quilt displays, answer questions about the quilt(s) they are assigned to and show the backs of quilts, ensuring that visitors do not touch the quilts. White Glove volunteers are the only ones allowed to get up close and handle the quilts.
How do you know someone is a White Glove volunteer? By the white gloves they wear, of course. White Glove volunteers are also asked to wear a black skirt or pants and a white blouse.
Linda has been a White Glove volunteer for six years. A member of the African American Quilters of Los Angeles quilt guild (“the best guild ever,” says Linda), she likes seeing the quilts up close and talking to the people. “The stories I hear are so interesting,” remarked Linda.
Aysheh and Valerie belong to the Inland Empire Quilt Guild and live in Riverside, California. They regularly sign up to work together as White Glove volunteers. They enjoy talking to the people, seeing the quilts up close, and the free show registration they receive for volunteering. Diane lives in San Pedro and participates with the South Bay Quilters. She has been a White Glove volunteer for 8 years. “I have a good experience every time,” says Diane. She always tries to find out about the people who made the quilts she is assigned to and what the quilts symbolize. “The first quilt I white gloved for was a Sharon Schamber’s quilt. After that show, I took a class from her.”
White Glove volunteers serve a minimum shift of 2 hours. If they work six or more hours during a show, they qualify for priority class registration for the following year. Hours available to work for Road 2018 are Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 7 PM – 9 PM, Thursday – Saturday, January 18 – 20, 2018 – 8 AM – – 6:15 PM and Sunday, January 21, 2018 – 10 AM – 3:45 PM.
If you are interested in serving as a White Glove volunteer, please visit our website for further information on how to register.