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Membership and Event Guidelines

About the CZI Community Space

The Community Space is located on the first floor of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) offices in Downtown Redwood City: 801 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City. It is operated and made available by 801 Jefferson, LLC, which is an affiliate of CZI, LLC (together for purposes of these Guidelines, “CZI”).

Read about our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Questions? Email communityspace@chanzuckerberg.com.

Parking

The Community Space does not offer parking. The CZI building is conveniently located four blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain station and across the street from the Jefferson Parking Garage. Bicycle parking is not offered onsite. Learn more about parking in Downtown Redwood City here.

Rental Fees

The use of the Community Space is free of charge to all members. A certificate of insurance valid through the date of your meeting or event is required to use the space. Beyond the use of the physical space and the provided amenities, any additional event costs will be at an organization’s own expense.

Pilot Period

CZI launched the Community Space as a pilot in January 2020. The pilot period has been extended following the Community Space closure due to COVID-19.

During the pilot period, existing CZI 501(c)(3) grantees based in San Mateo County, as well as the City of Redwood City and San Mateo County government agencies, are eligible for Community Space membership.

CZI works closely with pilot members to ensure the space functions for both member organizations and the communities they serve. Feedback from these pilot members will help CZI create an experience that is consistent, seamless, and pleasant for all Community Space members and their guests.

The space will be open to eligible San Mateo County community organizations and groups in the future.

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Please note that due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Space policies are subject to change.

Health and Safety

  • Masks are required inside CZI’s offices, including the Community Space. 
  • Confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination status is required for all visitors ages 12+. For medical and religious accommodations, and children under 12, negative COVID-19 PCR test results taken within 72 hours of the start of the event are accepted.
  • Guests will be asked to complete a COVID-19 health screening as part of their registration and check-in process. 
  • CZI has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures.
  • No host-provided food and drink are allowed in the Community Space at this time. Guests must maintain social distancing when eating or drinking their own food and beverages, and must reapply masks between bites and sips.

COVID-19 Vaccinations
It’s CZI’s belief that vaccines are one of the most powerful tools to fight COVID-19 and save lives. To support the health and wellbeing of staff, guests, and the community, all visitors to the Community Space ages 12+ must be fully vaccinated. Both physical and digital records* showing proof of vaccination are acceptable and will be reviewed upon entry. For those requiring a medical or religious accommodation, and visitors under 12, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours before the start of your event will be accepted.

*Acceptable confirmation methods
The following methods may be used to determine vaccination status of visitors. This health information will not be collected or stored by CZI. Proof of vaccination will be cross-checked with a visitor’s photo ID.

  • An original, a copy, or a picture of your CDC or WHO vaccination card
  • Documentation from a healthcare provider
  • Personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California

Modified Hours of Operations and Room Reservations

As the Community Space reopens for guests and visitors, hours of operation will be temporarily modified to support enhanced cleaning and health and safety measures. 

Beginning October 19, 2021, the Community Space will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Reservations are required. 

The Main Event Space is currently closed. Community Space members can request and book the Redwood or Sequoia conference rooms on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Members will be eligible to reserve the rooms during either a morning block (8:30am – 12:00pm) or an afternoon block (1:30pm – 4:30pm). If the option is available, members can make an all-day reservation, reserving both the morning and afternoon blocks.

Enhanced Security Measures

No walk-in guests or visitors are allowed in the Community Space. Event guests must pre-register to attend events held in the space. Event hosts will receive information on how to register guests. Upon arrival, guests must check-in and are required to wear a badge.

Modified Amenities

Individual phone rooms and the catering kitchen are currently closed to Community Space members, guests, and visitors. Video/phone conference capabilities will still be made available in the Sequoia and Redwood conference rooms.

Becoming a Member

Only Community Space members can reserve conference rooms and event space. There is no cost to membership, and use of the conference rooms and main event space is free of charge to all members.

Membership Eligibility

CZI launched the Community Space as a pilot in January 2020. During the pilot period, existing CZI 501(c)(3) grantees based in San Mateo County, as well as the City of Redwood City and San Mateo County government agencies and entities, are eligible for Community Space membership.

Membership to the Community Space will be extended to eligible organizations with 501(c)(3) status based in San Mateo County, serving San Mateo County residents, and mission-aligned with CZI, at a later date.

For more information, please email communityspace@chanzuckerberg.com.

Applying for Membership

Organizations that are 501(c)(3)s based in San Mateo County and serving San Mateo County residents can apply to become members of the Community Space. We will check your organization status on Guidestar.

City of Redwood City and San Mateo County government agency applicants can apply directly on our site.

In addition to an online application, all applicants will be required to provide a certificate of insurance before a membership request is approved.

Certificate of Insurance

A certificate of insurance is a document used to provide verification of an organization’s insurance policy and usually contains information on the types and limits of coverage, insurance company, policy number, named insured, and the policy’s effective periods. Insurance valid through the date of the meeting or event is required to use the space.

Hosting a Meeting or Event

Once your organization’s membership is approved, you will be able to book a meeting or event through our online event booking form.

Community Space members can rent meeting and event space free of charge. A certificate of insurance valid through the date of the meeting or event is required to use the space.

Any additional costs associated with an event will be at the hosting organization’s expense.

Room Reservations

Organizations that are 501(c)(3)s based in Redwood City and serving Redwood City residents, and are mission-aligned with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, as well as City of Redwood City government agencies, will have access to reserve the Community Space once per month for meetings, programming, or events.

Organizations that are 501(c)(3)s based in San Mateo County and serving San Mateo County residents, and are mission-aligned with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, as well as San Mateo County government agencies, will have access to reserve the Community Space once per quarter for meetings, programming, or events.

Guests Lists

A list of your event’s guests must be submitted 72 hours prior to your event. This list must include first name, last name, and email address for each guest.

Room Setup & Space Amenities

We offer a variety of layout options and amenities. Layout arrangements must be confirmed 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Onsite Support

Facilities support will be provided to assist with event setup and breakdown as necessary. Representatives from CZI will staff events in the Main Event Space as needed, including AV technicians who will help manage AV at events.

IT Capabilities & Support

The Community Space conference rooms and the Main Event Space are equipped with wireless internet, video/phone conferencing capabilities, and presentation screens. Each conference room has instructions on how to initiate and launch meetings.

The Redwood and Sequoia conference rooms are equipped with power adapters and presentation cables. The Main Event Space is equipped with microphones and AV equipment.

The Redwood and Sequoia conference rooms are self-service and do not require support. If issues arise, please see the Community Space manager at the front desk for support. CZI AV technicians will staff all events in the main event space.

Food & Beverage

Please note: food and beverage policies have been temporarily modified to ensure the health and safety of CZI staff, guests, and visitors.

No host-provided food or drink is allowed in the Community Space at this time. Guests must maintain social distancing when eating or drinking their own food and beverages, and must reapply masks between bites and sips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I responsible for setting up my event and cleaning up when it ends?

Yes.

Can I book multiple rooms for my meeting or event?

Yes, Members can book multiple rooms for their events, pending availability.

Is childcare available?

No. The space is not equipped to provide childcare to Community Space members or their guests.

Can I host meetings or events for political purposes?

No. Events for political purposes are not permitted.

Can I use the CZI logo when advertising my event?

Event hosts can share the Community Space name and address but cannot use CZI or Community Space logos or other trademarks for external promotion without explicit consent from CZI.

Will event photography or videography be provided in the CZI Community Space?

CZI will not provide photography or videography support in the Community Space, but you are welcome to collect your own photos and videos. Do not film or photograph CZI or Community Space logos. Photography and videography vendors must provide a certificate of insurance at least one week in advance of your confirmed event.

Can media cover my event?

Yes. Notify CZI Community Space staff 72 hours in advance of your event if press will be in attendance.

Can my organization host a fundraising event in the CZI Community Space?

Yes. Your organization must comply with the Community Space Terms of Use and all applicable laws.