Five ways to do good at
the National Cherry Blossom Festival

 

1.     Volunteer at a Festival Event

Like cultural experiences? Help out at the Japanese Street Festival on April 11th! More into sports? Spend time volunteering at the annual Cherry Blossom 10K, one of DC’s best races. The annual Parade is also always looking for volunteer help!

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade/Image from DC on Heels

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade/Image from DC on Heels

2.     Bring the Blossoms to You

Plant a cherry tree in your neighborhood so you can experience the beautiful blooms right outside your door. Get educated about tree care and maintenance with Casey Trees.

Image by Casey Trees

Image by Casey Trees

3.     Practice Goodwill

Got a passion for international relations and community involvement? Gain a deeper understanding of National Cherry Blossom Festival by becoming a Goodwill Ambassador. The application process for 2015 is now closed, but it's never too soon to plan for the future!

A Goodwill Ambassador reads a story about Japanese traditions./ Photo by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc

A Goodwill Ambassador reads a story about Japanese traditions./ Photo by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc

4.     Spread the CB love to others

Send a postcard to our troops overseas with pictures of the cherry blossoms in all of their glory!

Poster created by 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival Official Artist Jing Jing Tsong./Image from National Cherry Blossom Festival

Poster created by 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival Official Artist Jing Jing Tsong./Image from National Cherry Blossom Festival

5.     Can’t give your time? Donate $$ instead

 Your donation helps ensure the celebrations continue year after year.

Image from Washington.org

Image from Washington.org

About the Author: Marisa Weidner is a graduate of The College of William and Mary. She has volunteered as a teacher in Belize, and in homeless shelters in the United States. Marisa chronicles her explorations of DC on her blog, The Curated City