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.

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

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!


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.

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