Meet the 2022 BEVY Volunteer Awards Nominees

Jerry Chou

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This is Jerry’s first year as a volunteer. He volunteered for three events! He is a selfless individual, always working hard putting others first, while providing excellent customer service! A true volunteer sport!

Dianne Wallace 

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Dianne is always willing to help out wherever and whenever. She doesn’t hesitate to step in when she sees that someone needs help. She has been professional to all guests and staff, and makes sure to be engaged with everyone she interacts with! Dianne is a great ambassador to the festival!

Ulrich Erickson

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Being nominated a few times, Ulric is probably a familiar face for most of you as he has been an all day operations crew member for ALL of our events. He has been described as having a great attitude, creating a welcoming environment, dependable, reliable, and always a friendly face.

Russell Brooks 

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As a first time volunteer, Russell has unselfishly devoted his time and energy to the Cherry Blossom Festival this year. He worked as operations, our customer service doggy support, keeping our lovely Cherry Blossom Trees safe, and held 2 ropes for the entirety of the parade.

Nike Alade 

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Nike is a member of our Event Execution Committee (EEC), and has been an extroidary help to all of our events – it is no surprise she has been nominated numerous times. Nike stepped up at Parade and Petalpalooza as an operations leader and Pink Tie Dinner Party as our Manager.

Melissa Chin 

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Michele is passionate about the NCBF. She demonstrates her dedication to the organization by recruiting friends and family to volunteer, and serving at every opportunity. She enthusiastically shares her passion with visitors to the venues, providing accurate information and photo ops. She shows initiative in assisting staff with physical tasks, and shares her experiences on NCBF’s social media platforms. It’s not unusual for Michele to bring freshly baked goodies for the staff and volunteers to enjoy.

Michelle Brooks 

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Michelle was very dedicated and determined to helping others. Michelle was very organized, and punctual. Michelle was present during inclimate weather displaying her commitment to the NCBF. Michelle has very positive, and upbeat personality that helped consumers feel welcomed while appreciated at the same. Michelle also came in to help during days she was not scheduled to help in anyway possible.

Michael McCleary 

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Michael was very professional and informative in his approach to help others. Michael has a very welcoming personality that attracts everyone he encounters. Michael knows DC very well, he was very helpful while giving directions and helping tourists navigate the Tidal Basin. It was a pleasure to have Michael’s presence during our time together at the tidal basin.

Kashvi Ramani 

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Directed all parade entries (vehicles and walkers) off the parade route at the end so they do not stop on the route causing a backup. Also stepped up and helped with prop coordinator in collections, as that team was short staffed.

Josh Strenger

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Josh is no stranger to the Festival having been a volunteer for many years.  Each year he takes on more responsibility.  This year in addition to his role as Operations Manager at Petalpalooza he volunteered at Pink Tie Party, Opening Ceremony, and was a Balloon Manager at Parade.  When asked to volunteer at these additional events he enthusiastically agreed.  His dedication is unmatched, and his can-do attitude greatly appreciated.

Diana Nichols 

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Diana Nichols (pictured on the right) has volunteered with the festival for 20 something odd years – so we are sure you have seen her around. JUST this year she had shifts at Tidal Basin, Petalpalooza, Blossom Kite Festival, Pink Tie Dinner Party, and Paws & Petals Yappy Hour – all in addition to coming into our office on a monthly basis to help us out! Thanks Diana for all you do 🙂

2022 Petalpalooza – Information

VOLUNTEER CHECK IN LOCATION:

201 Water Street SE
Washington DC

TIPS AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Petalpalooza takes place at the Capitol Riverfront at the Yards.
  • This is an outdoor event, dress in layers and be prepare for changes in the weather throughout the event.
  • There is no secure storage, please try to minimize the amount of belongings you bring to volunteer! 
  • Please wear dark or black pants and closed-toed shoes. As it will be a warmer day — you can wear shorts but still need to wear close-toed shoes for safety purposes.
  • If you have volunteered with NCBF in the past or this season, please arrive to site in your volunteer t-shirt. If this is your first event (yay! Thanks for volunteering with us!), volunteer shirts will be distributed at check-in.

EVENT PURPOSE:

Petalpalooza® is the finale signature event of the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Its purpose is to host an outdoor event that appeals to all ages, features live music and engaging art activities that celebrate spring, is unique to and within Washington, provides opportunities for NCBF sponsors to activate their brands to a live audience, and culminates with a fireworks display.

EVENT DATE:

Saturday, April 16, 2022

*Rain Date: Sunday, April 17, 2022 (event time shortened to 5-9 PM)

EVENT TIME

1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

*Fireworks show at 8:30 PM – 8:45 PM

NOTE – volunteer times will vary. Please check your shift schedule.

VENUE

Capitol Riverfront/The Yards

*Spread throughout neighborhood with primary programming area in Yards Park

TRAINING

Click Here for the Volunteer Orientation Presentation

Visit the Petalpalooza website page for additional information leading up to the event

2022 Parade – All Important Information

Volunteers Parade is quickly approaching. On Saturday, April 9th, we will be hosting the biggest event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Here are some quick reminders, as things can be very overwhelming: 

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® is down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th ST NW!  
  • Street Parking there is NONE! Please note there are many street closures for our Parade, as well as other events going on the same day.  Please give yourself plenty of time to travel.
  • there are two volunteer check-in tents (East End and West End), make sure you check in at the correct one to prevent yourself from walking 10 blocks.
  • Please wear dark or black pants and closed-toed shoes.
  • Volunteer Shirts – if you have volunteered with us this year or in the past, you can reuse your Green Volunteer Shirt. If this is your first time volunteering, a long-sleeved shirts will be distributed at check-in.
  • We have ZERO storage space, keep that in mind as you prepare!

Masks: Masks are encouraged outside when you cannot social distance. Indoors, masks are required!

THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE, PLEASE COME PREPARED.

As always, if you are interested in volunteering, we still have a few spots available! Please sign up to volunteer here!

Check In Locations – There are two check in locations. You will receive an email with specific instructions on which location to check in at.

  • East End – roles that check in at East End include:
    • Assembly Logistics
    • Balloon Handlers
    • Banner Carriers
    • East End Ushers (*pay attention to the information in your reminder email)
    • Telecast Prop Coordination (*pay attention to the information in your reminder email)
    • Parade Merchandise
    • Talent Wranglers
  • West End
    • Dispersal Logistics
    • West End Ushers (*pay attention to the information in your reminder email)
    • West End Prop Coordination (*pay attention to the information in your reminder email)

Check out the Parade Presentation from Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientation Recap

Volunteers attending the Parade Overview

Thank you to all of our volunteers who attended our Volunteer Orientation on Friday, March 11, 2022 at the National Housing Center!

For those of you that were not able to attend, or those of you that want a refresher on what was presented, here are links to the PowerPoint presentations:

In addition to the above resources, prior to your volunteer shift you will get a reminder email with additional helpful information regarding where to check-in, etc. Be on the lookout for that email and check your spam or junk folders just in case it ended up in there.

Any questions? Reach out to volunteer@ncbfdc.org

We can’t wait to see you on Event site!

2022 Blossom Kite Festival Overview

Volunteering with us a Blossom Kite Festival on Saturday, March 26, 2022? Here is everything you need to know!

Uniform: Jeans, Closed-toed shoes, Layer for the weather. If you have volunteered with us before please wear your shirt, otherwise you will be given a T-shirt when you check-in. Don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses! (Please remember you Volunteer shirt must be on the outermost layer) There isn’t any place to store your possessions so please just bring what you need.


Check-In Location: Please check in at the Festival Operations Tent located on the Washington Monument Grounds. Use 15th Street NW and Constitution Ave. NW for reference. (see map below)

Health & Safety Protocols:

Proof of Vaccination Required- At check-in you will be asked to show your proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  Acceptable proofs of vaccination include: 

                o A CDC issued vaccination card (original physical copy, photocopy, or digital copy/photo)               o Record of immunization from a healthcare provider or public health authority

                o A COVID-19 verification app (e.g., VaxYes, Clear, Excelsior, MyIR)

                o World Health Organization Vaccination Record

Masking: Staff and volunteers are required to wear a mask onsite at all indoor events. Masking is also required at outdoor events where social distancing isn’t possible. The masks worn by staff or volunteers may be the Festival-provided cherry blossom mask or a surgical-grade mask. For surgical grade masks (e.g., n95, kn95, etc.), bright pink or black masks are encouraged to align with branding. Exceptions to mask wearing are permissible while eating and drinking.


Lunch: For volunteers who have signed up for both shifts lunch will be provided. We will have water and snacks available for all volunteers.


Training: Did you miss volunteer orientation? No worries! You will be provided with all he instruction you need on site. You can also review the presentation by clicking here.

Transportation: We STRONGLY recommend Metro train transit on that day. Citywide events are taking place all day that include several road closures that will make driving extremely challenging throughout the Washington, DC area.


METRO-ACCESSIBLE PARKING RECOMMENDATIONS:
From Virginia:

o Huntington
o Franconia/Springfield
o Vienna
o Wiehle/Reston

From Maryland:
o Shady Grove
o Branch Ave
o Largo
o New Carrollton
o Glenmont

METRO DESTINATIONS:
ALL DAY: These stations are recommended for avoiding city-wide morning road closures:
L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Yellow/ Green/Orange/Silver lines): Be sure to pick up your National Cherry Blossom Festival SmarTrip Card, available now at this station and Navy Yard through the duration of the Festival!

Walking Directions to Blossom Kite Festival (Washington Monument Grounds)

Volunteer Orientation is March 11th!

Volunteer Orientation is on Friday, March 11th 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? 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 onsite with Isabella! There will be giveaways for onsite signups!
  • Introduce yourself to your fellow volunteers!

Schedule of Events

5:30pm – Doors Open, Snacks Available

6:00pm – Opening Remarks in Atrium 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, Contnuation of the Parade Session, Festival Overview, Tidal Basin/Paws & Petals, Petalpalooza and Festival Overview!

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

8:05pm – Event Concludes, see you next at the Festival!

LOCATION

National Housing Center

1201 15th Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

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

See you on Friday, March 11th!

Can’t make 2022 Volunteer Orientation? You’ll be able to view each presentation after the event.  Email isataton@ncbfdc.org to request a presentation.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Sign Up to be a Volunteer!


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.

Step 2:

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

From here, you can click “view description” to see details about the Event and a description of the Volunteer Role:
If you have a certain event in mind, we’ve added an additional search engine feature! You can find that at the top of the lists of shifts:

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!

Step 4:

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


Step 5:

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

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!

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

See you at the Festival!

Meet the EEC: Hospitality Sector!

This week we are introducing our wonderful Hospitality leaders of the Event Execution Committee!

This team welcomes our special guests coming to Washington, DC from around the region, country, and world, and of course our Volunteers. They are responsible for planning Volunteer Social Events, and for assisting with the planning and staffing of various VIP areas.

Their overall goal is to plan and execute social events for NCBF Volunteers. Additionally, they also have the responsibility to assist with recruiting, placement, and management of volunteers in hospitality areas.

Ashley Walker:

Why do you volunteer?

  • “I love the Cherry Blossom festival and my Spring Time Friends! The main reason I volunteer is because of the amazing people I get to work with and the amazing opportunities the festival has offered me. You get to meet people from all over the US and share the festival with them!”

What do you hope to get out of the EEC?

  • “I hope that the EEC creates a positive atmosphere for all volunteers and sponsors. I want people to keep coming back year after year. I also hope that people realize there are other options to get more involved (if they want to) with the festival. The EEC is an awesome group of people who share a passion for the Cherry Blossom festival who have become my Spring Time friends.”

Katie Garland:

Why do You Volunteer?

  • “I volunteer each year because I love the people and community I have created each spring. Every new year, I always look forward to catching up with my cherry blossom friends. I also enjoy all the festival activities and try to make it a goal to try one new thing. It amazes me after so many years, there are still so many new things to try.”

What’s a Fun Fact about you?

  • “I have played the koto for over 8 years and got to perform with the Washington Toho Koto Society for 4 years. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. It is a stringed instrument made from wood and strung with 13 strings that you pluck with three finger picks on your thumb, index finger, and middle finger.”

Jenny Nguyen:

Why do you volunteer?

  • “I love being able to give back to the community as there are many people who have helped me get to where I am at today. Being able to make a difference in the lives of others is truly rewarding, especially being able to see the joy and smiles on their faces. I also enjoy meeting others and getting the chance to become more connected with my community. Volunteering with the NCBF is truly unique because you get to see people from all over the U.S. come together to celebrate our relationship with Japan.”

What is your most memorable moment or memory from the past festivals?

  • “My favorite memory is getting to meet everyone who makes the NCBF a huge success. I was new to the D.C. area last year so I was a bit hesitant to volunteer with the festival since I knew no one, but everyone was so fun and welcoming and I felt as though I had been a part of the festival for years”

Hope Cousin:

Why do you Volunteer?

  • “As a recently relocated resident to DC (May 2016), it was and remains important to me to network with Washingtonians and learn some of the traditions of DC. Cherry Blossom popped up often, so wanted to learn what it was all about. Once I had, I fell in love with it.”

What do you hope to gain through your experience in the EEC?

  • “I’m hoping to continue to expand my network and help to elevate the Cherry Blossom Festival to the next level. It’s refreshing to volunteer for something that makes you smile vs. something that brings you down or is bittersweet.”

These members will be working their hardest to make sure YOU as volunteers have a great experience with the Festival! Make sure to have a chat with them this Festival season!

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