Step-by-Step: How to Sign Up For Festival Shifts

Welcome New and Returning Volunteers! Here’s the step-by-step process on how to sign up for a volunteer shift at the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

LET’S TAKE A LOOK

Step 1:

Go to the link HERE to view the available shifts.

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Step 2:

Explore the shifts! Click the headlines to see the events and their shifts time.

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From here, you can click “[see description]” to see details about the Event and a description of the Volunteer Role.

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Step 3:

Simply check the box to the left of shift time to select your preferred shift(s).  You can select as many as you like, but please be mindful to not double-book yourself!

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Step 4:

Scroll down to enter your email address and fill out your information. (Asterisk ones are required fields)

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Step 5:

Keep scrolling down to sign the waiver. If you have a partner, click “Add a volunteer” to let him/her volunteer with you on your selected shifts. You are able to add up to two volunteers.

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Step 6:

Click “Sign Up To Volunteer ” and then you’re all done, welcome to the Volunteer Team!

Sometimes the emails will get stuck in your spam, so make sure to mark it as “not spam” so that you won’t miss your shift reminders!

 

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

 

As you may be aware, we post shifts in TWO WAVES.  If you sign up for a shift posted in Wave 1, you will receive a password in your confirmation email.

Enter your password into the blank on the signup page and click submit.

This gives you access to ALL of the Wave 2 events and shifts, an entire week earlier than other volunteers!

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Repeat step 1 to 5 to sign up for the additional shifts!

See you at the Festival!

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Meet Your EEC Subcommittee Members: Vol.2 – Vasiliki Papagianni

 1. Why do you want to volunteer for the Cherry Blossom Festival?

It is really so much fun! I am able to actively contribute to the signature festival of DC and meet people with different backgrounds with whom with whom I share the same interests.

 2. What is your favorite blossom event and why?

My favorite event is the Blossom Kite Festival. The participation is amazing! Fliers vary from professional ones to young kids that have just made their first kite. It is beautiful to see the area around the Washington Monument full of kites!

 3. How would you describe Washington, DC to a friend?

I think that Washington DC is a city where we have a balanced lifestyle. You can cycle, visit the parks and take part in cultural activities (that in many cases are cost-free) suitable for every taste and age!

 4. What are three hobbies that you enjoy?

I really enjoy dancing, playing sudoku and cooking.

 5. Where are you originally from? How long have you lived in the area?

I am originally from Greece and I have been living in DC for the past 3 years.

 6. What are you most excited about seeing in the festival events this year?

Apart from the Kite Festival, I cannot wait for the Opening Ceremony. Warner Theatre is great and the performers are so gifted!

 7. Have you attended any previous festival events?

Yes, I have attended several events and this is how I decided to volunteer for the Festival!

 8. What is your favorite DC restaurant?

The restaurant I love going to is called Mama Ayesha’s, in Adams Morgan! I am a big fan of the food and the atmosphere!

 9. What do you picture when someone mentions the cherry blossom parade?

Floats everywhere! Bands and artists groups from different areas full of energy and ready to make the audience celebrate with them!

 10. What else do you want to share about yourself?

I can never resist a red velvet cupcake…..!

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Meet Your EEC Subcommittee Members: Vol. 1 – Krystal Johnson

1.  Why do you volunteer for the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

I volunteer for the National Cherry Blossom Festival because it’s always an amazing and fun time. It’s great to see everyone together and see the excitement from everyone.

2. What is your favorite blossom event and why?

My favorite blossom event is a tie between the Fireworks Festival and the Parade! Both events are so fun and they bring everyone together.

3. How would you describe Washington, D.C. to a friend?

I would describe Washington D.C. as an amazing place with lots of culture and with a million things to do. It’s a place where you will never be bored.

4.What are three hobbies that you enjoy?

My top three hobbies are reading, shopping, and social media.

5.  Where are you originally from? How long have you lived in the area?

I am originally from Springfield, MA and I have lived here for 14 years.

6. What are you most excited about seeing in the Festival events this year?

I am most excited to see the floats for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade this year! They are always amazing and beautiful.

7. Have you attended any previous Festival events?

Yes I have attended many of the previous events throughout the years.

8. What is your favorite D.C. restaurant?

My favorite DC restaurant is Busboys and poets. I love the fact that the food is amazing and that on some nights they have poetry and spoken word.

9. What do you picture when someone mentions the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade?

When someone mentions the cherry blossom parade I think of the absolutely gorgeous floats, the celebrities and the most important part, fun!!

10. What else do you want to share about yourself?

One fun fact about me is that I absolutely love Disney! I actually used to work for them when I was in college.

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Sign Up For Volunteer Orientation!

2017-NCBF-BKF-Jack MurphyJoin us for the 2018 General Volunteer Orientation! You will be introduced to Festival Staff, learn about all the events, and get the opportunity to go in depth on specific volunteer roles! Although not mandatory for returning volunteers, this event is strongly encouraged for all to attend and stay up-to-date on what’s new for this year’s festival. We’ll even have fun giveaways and prizes!

 

RSVP HERE

 

Festival Shifts will be posted beginning February 9.  Sign up for our waitlist in the meantime!

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Volunteer with TAPS! – New Opportunity

Looking to do some quick volunteering this weekend? Volunteer with a great organization like TAPS!

See below for the opportunities:

This is the week of the much anticipated Marine Corps Marathon, and Team TAPS needs to engage additional volunteers to take them across the finish line. 

Here are the opportunities available throughout the week…

Sports Expo on Thurs 10/19Fri 10/20Sat 10/21

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/team-taps-at-marine-corps-marathon-sports-expo-tickets-18328984486

Hospitality Desk & Athlete Lounge, Fri 10/20 and Sat 10/21

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/team-taps-at-the-marine-corps-marathon-hospitality-desk-athlete-lounge-tickets-38420879886

Finish Line Tent Setup, Sat 10/21

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/team-taps-at-marine-corps-marathon-finish-line-tent-setup-tickets-8404007613

Pasta Dinner Support, Sat 10/21

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/team-taps-at-the-marine-corps-marathon-pasta-dinner-support-tickets-38468347864

Finish Line Tent Support, Sun 10/22

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/team-taps-at-marine-corps-marathon-finish-line-tent-support-tickets-38468509347

 

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Volunteer Positions Still Available! COLOR RUN 9.17.17

That’s right! We still have positions available for Race Day!

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SIGN UP NOW

 

Want to be lead volunteer for the Color Run? This is a great way to get in some practice before lead positions for the Festival are available.  Email cmurphy@ncbfdc.org for more info.

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Meet Your EEC Vol. 6: GAIL BROECKEL

How did you get started with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and how many years have you been volunteering with us?

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a sentimental family activity.  I have enjoyed walking around the tidal basin and seeing the beautiful pink trees since I was a child.  I have volunteered for the festival on and off over the years. For the past five years, I have rarely missed an event.

Why did you want to join the EEC?

I love everything associated with the cherry blossoms. I have a passion for volunteering. The gift of time is the best gesture you can give a person/organization.  Since I feel a part of the “pink family” I am happy to be a part of a team that will help make each event successful.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

I am obsessed with tiaras and cows.

 

What is your favorite part about being a National Cherry Blossom Festival Volunteer?

Volunteering allows an inside view to amazing culture and experiences.

 

What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering with the National Cherry Blossom Festival? Any words of wisdom?  

If you want to volunteer for an amazing organization, the festival is one of the best places to share your time.  I see the same familiar faces each year. When you feel appreciated, you return as a volunteer.

 

What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

I manage social media accounts and plan events.  You can follow me on twitter @Lobby4you.

 

What is your favorite National Cherry Blossom Festival memory?

I don’t know how to select just one memory.  I love watching the cherry blossom balloons being blown up before the parade.  I enjoy seeing the performances at the opening ceremony.

 

Any wishes for future National Cherry Blossom Festivals?

I hope that tickets sell out at each event and that crowds are larger than previous years. There are so many awesome activities leading up to and during the festival.

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Gail pictured here as a child with her family at the Tidal Basin

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