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.

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!

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!

 

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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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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