Volunteer Role of the Week: Union Station Merchandise Kiosk

Let’s have a look at the Union Station Merchandise Kiosk shift this week!

Union Station Store 2Union Station Kiosk

National Cherry Blossom Festival official merchandise is sold every year at our Merchandise Kiosk on the Union Station. There are lots of festival-related items to sell and volunteers will have an opportunity to access every festival item in the kiosk.

Union Station Store

Volunteers will see what goes into preparing sales of official Festival Merchandise from start to finish. The role includes assisting tourists with selecting the perfect National Cherry Blossom Festival keepsake, kindly sharing directions and National Cherry Blossom Festival information with visitors, and assisting with organization and restocking of merchandise as needed.

This is not only a role of selling merchandise, but also educating tourists about our nationally-renowned annual Festival!

2017-NCBF-Union StationVolunteers will work with Dyane and the rest of the super fun Union Station team, who always make the work exciting and interesting.

There are only 2 volunteers scheduled at a time for the kiosk, not a crowded shift and it’s even indoors!  Volunteers always enjoy have a fun!

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Happy Hour Tonight- Cancelled

EEC Hospitality Subcommittee has made the decision to cancel tonight’s Volunteer Happy Hour ahead of the snow that’s coming our way. Stay safe out there and stay tuned for the next Volunteer Social Event!

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Free Lunch Time Concert – The 6821 Quintet & Kunihiko Murai

6821The 6821 Quintet (cleverly named to reflect the distance from Tokyo to DC) consists of international artists coming together to fulfill the understanding that music brings disparate cultures together. The group will put on performances during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in March, and will be showcasing their musical artistry at various venues around the DC area.


Collaboration with composer Kunihiko Murai

kkKunihiko Murai (composer and producer)
Kuni Murai is a Japanese composer and producer based in Los Angeles. He has written over 300 songs and 30 film scores, including Tampopo. His hit song Tsubasa wo Kudasai (Wings to Fly) is published in school music books across Japan and has been covered by hundreds of artists
around the world. As the founder of Alfa Records, he has produced internationally renowned artists such as Yumin and Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). Today, he continues to compose music for recording artists, the stage and the screen. Most recently, he composed the musical La Comtesse de Cagliostro, which had a successful run in Tokyo.


Time: March 26, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Location: National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

Please register HERE!

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Volunteer Opportunities for Anacostia River Festival!

Anacostia River Festival is one of the Premier Events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  This family-friendly event gives guests the opportunity to take a canoe and explore the River, ride in the bike parade, play lawn games with families and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene!


We are excited to promote volunteer opportunities for this Premier Event! Check them out below.

Shift Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Volunteer Roles:

  • 6 Directional  Volunteers        8:30AM – 1:30PM (Openers)
  • 6 Directional  Volunteers        1:00PM – 7:00PM (Closers)
  • 6 Transportation / Shuttle Stop Volunteers 12:00PM – 7:00PM

Volunteer Role Descriptions:

  • Directional Volunteers – Assigned to key access locations throughout the Festival Site to check-in, direct & assist Community Partners, VIPs and Guests throughout the Site
  • Transportation / Shuttles Stops  – Assigned to Shuttle Stops to Meet & Greet Riders/Guests

Please contact Linda Lindamood at LLindamood@Linderglobal.com if you’re interested in volunteering

Looking forward to seeing you in the Anacostia River Festival!

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Dates of Tidal Basin Volunteer Shifts Changed!

2016 Cherry Blossoms at Tidal Basin (23)

The peak blossom time was just announced! It will be from March 17 to March 20! That being said, we are sorry to inform our volunteers: we have to change the volunteer shifts for Tidal Basin because of this exciting news.


March 17 to April 1! 

We are sorry for canceling all the shifts after April 1, but you can still check on our website for new shifts for the Tidal Basin Welcome Area!

Click HERE to sign up to volunteer and enjoy the early blossoms!

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Volunteer Orientation is MARCH 7!

We are now officially one week out from Volunteer Orientation on March 7th at 5:30 PM! An “open-house” style event, Orientation is the time to learn about the Festival events for which you are volunteering! See below on what to expect:

How does it work?

Each room is assigned a different event or topic for you to learn, each with half hour sessions (with the exception of Parade, this has only one (1 – hour) session).  Throughout the night, you’ll have the opportunity to visit up to FOUR different presentations.  The sessions all start and stop at the sound of a bell!  You do not need to be signed up for an event to attend the session.

How do you make the most of this time?

  • Visit the room for each of the events you are signed up for or are interested in.
  • Signed up for Tidal Basin or a Merchandise Shift at Union Station? It would be helpful to attend the Information Session as well since you will be interacting with the most tourists.
  • Ask questions! Festival Staff will be stationed throughout the event so ask away!
  • Sign up for shifts in the Innovation Center! There will be giveaways for onsite signups!
  • Introduce yourself to your fellow volunteers!
  • Returning Volunteer? Pick up your 2017 Pin!


Schedule of Events

5:30pm – Doors Open, Snacks Available

6:00pm – Opening Remarks in Lobby by the Snacks

6:05pm – 1st Bell, head to your 1st class!

6:35pm – 2nd Bell, 2nd Class and Parade Session Begins

7:05pm – 3rd Bell, next class or visit Other Programs, check out Merchandise, or                     learn about the Festival at Information!

7:35pm – 4th Bell…last class or utilize this time to seek out staff and get your                                   questions answered!

8:00pm – Event Concludes, see you next at the Festival!

Orientation Map – Plan your evening ahead of time!



Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center

901 K Street NW

11th Floor

Washington, DC 20001

Please RSVP HERE, and don’t forget to bring your PHOTO ID!

See you on Wednesday, March 7th!

Can’t make 2018 Volunteer Orientation? We’ll have a few of the presentations available for download afterwards.  Email cmurphy@ncbfdc.org to request a presentation.

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Happy Hour! Time to get Your Pink on!


A little birdie said that all volunteers are invited to happy hour! Mix and mingle with volunteer pals and meet some new people. Start off the season by having a festive evening. Grab some free appetizers and enjoy discounted beverages.

What: Happy hour, mixer, socializing
When: March 2, from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Heavy Seas Alehouse, 1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 (by Roti)

The closest Metro is Rosslyn (orange, blue). There are parking garages nearby. Hourly parking is approximately $16 for two hours. This varies by garage and is just an estimate.

Please join us for conversation, stories about your favorite NCBF event and just having fun. Please RSVP  HERE on the Volunteer Facebook Page!

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