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Amidst the pandemic, Greater Charlotte Area Mutual Aid's foremost priority is the safety of our staff, volunteers, and community. In lieu of a physical office, GCAMA has created a virtual office using VR features that allow us to meet with community members in an online environment. Our virtual office is part of our wider effort to disrupt the status quo of online meetings on popular teleconferencing platforms.

When you visit the office, you will first be asked to click "Connect" to join. Once you join, allow your browser to use your microphone. To mute, you can press the microphone icon in the upper right-hand corner. After providing access, you will enter our Atrium. In the Atrium, you will find a copy of the map to the left in the center of your screen. Please use this map to find your desired location. Each room is clearly labels with a blue, red, or white sign. 

If you need assistance upon entry, please send a message in the chat function in the upper left-hand corner and a staff member will help you, if available.

To move, you can use the AWSD or arrow keys. To move faster, hold shift while you move. To change your view, click and hold your mouse on the screen and drag in the direction you would like to turn. 

Each room and zone is marked with a blue dashed line on the floor. When you enter the zone, the line will turn green. After entering a room or zone, you can only hear the others who are in the same room or zone as you. 

To turn on your camera, please go the menu feature in the upper right-hand corner. In the menu, click the button next to "Avatar Cam" and allow your browser to use your camera. This will display your camera to the right of your avatar.

To change your name, please go the menu feature in the upper right-hand corner. In the menu, change your name under "Your Nametag" and click the "SET" button to the right. You must click the SET button to save your changes. 

To customize your avatar's appearance, you must set up an account. After setting up an account, go to the menu feature in the upper right-hand corner and click "CUSTOMIZE AVATAR" under the Profile tab.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@charlottemutualaid.org.