Volunteer Job of the Week: Kimono Exhibit

It’s our first edition of the Volunteer Job of the Week!

This week, we explore the KIMONO EXHIBIT!

Kimono Trio

This is a position that is great for volunteers interested in fine arts, gallery work, museum studies and Japanese culture. Volunteers get to work side by side with Kimono expert Paul MacLardy while assisting with displaying beautiful Kimonos and with merchandise sales at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery!

AND, all proceeds benefit both the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Japan American Society of Greater Washington.

Shifts are available for this position March 17th – March 26th. Location may vary depending on shift.


Valentine’s Day Volunteering Opportunities

Happy Valentine’s Day to our wonderful Volunteers! Below are some great opportunities to help out other organizations this month in DC, Virginia, and Maryland!

Opportunity: National Cherry Blossom Festival Pop-Up Shop

When: February 11th – March 11th (Open Monday – Saturday)

Location: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue SE, Washington, DC                             **(located on the first floor of Union Station, near the H&M)


**Don’t forget to register on the Volunteer Page to sign up for shifts! 

Opportunity: Cook and serve a special Valentine’s Day Lunch

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 

Location: 630 E. Diamond Ave. Geithersburg, MD 20877 


Opportunity: Habitat Restoration at Royal Lake Park! 

When:  Sunday, February 17, 2017 

Location: Royal Lake Park Fairfax, VA 22032


Opportunity: Habitat Restoration at Borge St. Park!

When:  Saturday, February 25, 2017

Location: Borge Street Park Oakton, VA 22124



Volunteer Positions Are Live! Catch them while you can!


WAVE ONE volunteer positions are posted on our Volunteer Calendar NOWWW! Sign up for your favorite event(s) before they are gone! Wave one consists of Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage, National Cherry Blossom Festival Pop Up Store, Union Station Kiosk and Information Booth, National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®, and Set Up/Breakdown Shifts!

So here’s the incentive: All volunteers that sign up for shifts in WAVE ONE, get early access to WAVE TWO!! Volunteer positions go quickly, so you don’t want to miss this offer!

WAVE TWO volunteer positions will be posted on Friday, February 17th.

Positions available for sign up on the Volunteer Calendar!


Meet Your EEC: Naprisha Brown Ryan

We sat down with Event Execution Committee Member, Naprisha Brown Ryan.  See what we learned:

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Naprisha Brown Ryan

How did you get involved with the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

As a prerequisite to George Washington’s Event Management Program, I began volunteering with the NCBF in 2016.

Why did you want to join the Event Execution Committee (EEC)?

The NCBF is a staple event for our city. It was such a great honor to work with the festival in 2016 that I knew I wanted to become more involved in future years. I jumped at the opportunity to join the EEC as it is a unique blend between a leadership, learning and fun.

What is a fun fact about you?

My two great passions are volunteering and traveling. Several years ago, I had a unique opportunity with Habitat for Humanity in Africa. I look forward to the day when I can once again blend these two hobbies.

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

Meeting all of the other wonderful volunteers and participants who travel the world to experience the NCBF. Hearing their stories and connecting around a common beauty is the best part of the festival.

Any words of wisdom to share with someone thinking about volunteering with the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

You are creating an experience that some folks will cherish their entire life. My best advice would be to show up with unapologetic enthusiasm!

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

If I am not volunteering with another organization like the Children’s Defense Fund or Lansdale Associates, I am exploring the city. I’ve lived in the DMV area for 7 years now and there is still so much to see and experience.

What is your favorite National Cherry Blossom Festival Memory?

Last year when the SWFF event was canceled, all of the volunteers rallied to quickly overcome their disappointment and help in the execution of the event’s close. One of the tasks included preparing gift bags for the parade. The volunteers found an open space, played some tunes and executed on an assembly line. Despite the circumstances, the room possessed an infectious energy and exploded with pride.

Do you have any wishes for the National Cherry Blossom Festival?


Hmm.. Since the NCBF is such a vital and unique event to our city, it would be special to showcase local talents and vendors at the various events.

Silent and Online Auction!

Help support the Festival by donating an item to our silent or online auctions for our Pink Tie Party!  Big or small, any donation is welcome; donating is also a wonderful opportunity to showcase local businesses, stores, or products to the 800 guests browsing the silent auction alone!  And just FYI – every single penny we earn from the auctions goes directly to supporting the wonderful programs you already support with your time and energy!

  • Want to share the joy of philanthropy (and a great chance for local exposure) with your own network?  Pass along the donor form.
  • Need ideas or have a question?  Contact the Festival’s Auction Team – auction@ncbfdc.org 


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