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!

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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!

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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.

THE NEW DATES OF THE TIDAL BASIN WELCOME AREA AND ANA PERFORMANCE STAGE ARE:

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!

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LOCATION

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!

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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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Meet Your EEC Subcommittee Members: Vol. 3 – Cherie Nichols

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

I enjoy volunteering for the Cherry Blossom Festival because it is a guaranteed fun

time.  It is always a pleasure meeting new people and seeing people from all over the

world coming participating in the events.

2. What is your favorite blossom event and why?

My favorite blossom event would be the Parade. I enjoy all of the amazing talent and

excitement of the crowd.

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

If I had to describe Washington, DC in one word I would say diverse.  It is the best place to learn about different cultures and find plenty of things to do.  Not to mention most of the events are free.

4. What are three hobbies that you enjoy?

I enjoy traveling, volunteering, and watching movies.

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

I was born and raised in the area.

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

I am looking forward to seeing all of the fresh talent.  The welcoming ceremony always brings something to remember.

7. Have you attended any previous festival events?

Yes.  I have participating in nearly all of the events for the past five years.

8. What is your favorite DC restaurant?

I actually don’t have a favorite restaurant.  There are so many good restaurants in DC and I don’t think I have visited half of them.

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

Huge pink floats because the first time I volunteered at the parade I carried one of the Cherry Blossom floats.  It is one of my favorite positions.

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

I enjoy learning new things.

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Volunteer Role of the Week: Petalpalooza Activities!

This week, let’s take a look at the Activities shift at PETALPALOOZA!!

Formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, Petalpalooza is a full day event that includes 3 stages of live music, huge art installations, arts and crafts, photo moments, and games with an amazing Firework Finale!

Not only will Activity Volunteers get to engage with guests of all ages at activity tents throughout the event, Volunteers for the second Petalpalooza shift (5:30 PM – 10 PM) will have a chance to volunteer with the view the amazing Fireworks show!

Petalpalooza takes place on Saturday, April 7th at The Wharf. Click HERE to check it out and register for the shift!

 

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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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