Meet the EEC: Information Sector!

This week we’re introducing the lovely Information Sector of the Event Execution Committee! These amazing people are always up to date on all things National Cherry Blossom Festival as well as its Participating Programs! During festival events they manage information booths onsite and assist in training information booth volunteers. Additionally, they are experts on the DC area and Japan/U.S. Culture relations. This team does their best to ensure that accurate information is disseminated to our guests!

Mike Auldridge:

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

  • I want to help other folks know the city and the Festival better.

What is your favorite blossom event and why?

  • The parade; all the energy is great !

Kycia Spriggins:

Why do you volunteer?

  • People come from all around the world to see the cherry trees, what better way to show off our beautiful city than supporting the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It brings me so much joy to be able to share my knowledge about the history of the trees while promoting the festival activities that kick-off spring in the district.

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

  • In 2014, my mom came to visit me, from Texas, and we volunteered together at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.  We served as ushers and was able to see the parade travel down Constitution Avenue.  My mom loved every minute of it and I loved that I was able to share a part of my life that I tell her about every festival season.

Andrea Medinaceli:

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

  • I love giving back! The Cherry Blossom Festival was one of the first events that I went to when I first moved to DC. It was such a memorable experience and so much fun! I love that I am able to volunteer with the organization to helps others experience the same happiness it brought me. 

What do you hope to get out of the EEC?

  • Being able to help other experience the festival! / Being able to spend time with the other amazing volunteers!

Lauren Brown:

Why Do You Volunteer?

  • I volunteer because the Festival is a great event that is loved by locals and visitors alike. The fact that there are so many different events that make up the Festival and celebrate the gift of the trees means there is something for everyone to enjoy! The Festival is a great kickoff to the spring season, and I always love taking a stroll around the Tidal Basin when the trees are in bloom. I have been enjoying attending the Festival for more than eight years and was looking for a way to get more involved and share my love of the Festival with others.

What do you do in your sector of the EEC?

  • I am a member of the Information Committee, where we work to manage the information booths at the Signature Events and staff the Union Station Pop-Up Shop & Information Kiosk and the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. At the information booths, we make sure that visitors know about all of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s wonderful events and answer questions about the Festival and the DC area. We help ensure that visitors know about the Festival’s offerings and answer any questions they may have.

Mary Pritt:

Why Do You Volunteer?

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is such an iconic part of DC’s spring time; I love that I can be a part of this prominent event! I like knowing that I am making the festival even better, whether helping with crowd control at the parade, guiding tourists to their destinations, or selling merchandise in the pop-up shop to raise money for the festival. I also like that volunteering is a great way to make new friends in the area!

What’s a Fun Fact about you?

I just adopted a cat! I am embracing turning into a crazy cat lady.

Say “Hi” to this group when they present during the first and third sessions of the Volunteer Orientation event on March 12!

RSVP for Volunteer Orientation here:

Meet the EEC: Volunteer and Engagement Sector!

Every Festival season, the Event Execution Committee works closely with staff to ensure the success of the Festival! Our EEC is split into four categories: Information, Volunteer Engagement, Hospitality, and Operations.

Meet the members of the Volunteer Engagement sector whose job it is to assist with volunteer recruitment, promote guest management at volunteer events, and keep volunteers engaged year round! This team builds volunteer engagement through the NCBF social media channels, volunteer social events, and by assisting the Volunteer Manager in day-to-day operations of the festival!

Gail Broeckel:

Why do You Volunteer?

  • “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 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.”

Cherie Nichols:

Why do You Volunteer?

  • “Early mornings, beautiful weather, tons of acts, colorful floats, and large crowds.  I have volunteered at the Parade for several years and it is one of my favorite events to see how well it comes together with so many components.  The very first year I helped to carry one of the Cherry Blossom floats.  It literally takes a team to carry and is definitely fun.”

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

  • “Early mornings, beautiful weather, tons of acts, colorful floats, and large crowds.  I have volunteered at the Parade for several years and it is one of my favorite events to see how well it comes together with so many components.  The very first year I helped to carry one of the Cherry Blossom floats.  It literally takes a team to carry and is definitely fun.”

Valarie Johnson:

Why do you volunteer?

  • “I love volunteering as it allows me to support my favorite causes and activities while meeting some amazing people along the way.”

What’s a Fun Fact about you?

  • “I am a part-time mascot and have performed as Cookie Monster, Cat in the Hat, Arthur, Daniel Tiger, Super Why, and many others!”

Make sure to say “Hi!” to our wonderful Volunteer Engagement Team this Festival Season!

Meet the New Volunteer Program Interns!

This festival season, our wonderful interns work with our entire NCBF team, primarily with our Volunteer Manager Tasha Stiger, as well as with the EEC in order to provide the best experience for our hard working volunteers. In addition, they assist in day-to day operations of the festival in the months leading up to and even after the festival. If you see them around this festival season, make sure to say “Hi!”

Pei Ivins
American University

Hi everyone! My name is Pei Ivins. I am a senior at
American University majoring in psychology with a
double minor in sociology and management. I’m from
West Hartford, CT, but was born in China. At AU, I’m a
part of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service
fraternity, and I’m currently serving as the Service Vice
President. Outside of studying, I enjoy hiking, reading,
and trying new foods around DC.
I volunteered with the National Cherry Blossom
Festival in 2017 and I’m very excited to be a part of it
this year!

Quinn Sargent
George Washington University

Hi All! My name is Quinn Sargent and I am a current
sophomore at GW! I live and grew up in Kennebunk,
ME and one fun (Maine) fact about me is that I am a
certified lobsterwomen! I have a strong passion for
music and film and hope to work the entertainment
field one day.
At home I have four dogs! Two St. Bernard’s and two
Australian Shepard’s. Another cool thing about me is
that I am building my own major at GW, which is based
in communications, business marketing and
management, and music and film. I have my own radio
show on campus, I play club field hockey, and I am a
sister of the Pi Beta Phi sorority at GW. My favorite
food is buffalo wings (with blue cheese), I have a really
bad coffee obsession, and I one day hope to go to
Australia and Ireland!
I am super excited to work with you all!

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!


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 “[see 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!


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!

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