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Sustainability Volunteers 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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ORGANIZATION: Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 33 people are interested
Volunteer manage Resource Recovery Station

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage in Washington, D.C., produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

As one of the premier events on our National Mall, the Festival attracts up to 1 million visitors a year. We are in need of volunteers to help run the compost and recycling program for the 2017 Festival. Over the past two years, the Festival has achieved a stunning 93% diversion rate and recycled or composted over 80 tons. As the largest public event on the National Mall to demonstrate such eco-friendly practices, our program serves as an example for not just public events on the Mall, but events all over the country. It is through the work of our committed volunteers, that we have been able to achieve these milestones. Join us!

Description: Volunteers tend Resource Recovery Stations positioned throughout the Festival grounds. They guide the public in placing their waste into the proper containers, and are responsible for pulling bags when full and replacing liners at the stations; material categories are Landfill, Recycling, and Compostable Organics. Volunteers are provided with information to share with the public about the Smithsonian’s recycling/composting effort and why it is important.

Festival Dates: June 22 - June 27 and June 30 - July 4

Hours: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm (days) 6 - 9pm (evenings)

Special Instructions:

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. This is a great opportunity for students who need to complete community service hours.
  • Meal vouchers are provided for volunteers who perform a 4 hour shift.
  • Recovery Stations will have chairs and tents, but volunteers must be able to work outdoors.
  • Volunteers should wear closed shoes and hats. Sunscreen is recommended!

For more information about the Festival, go to http://www.festival.si.edu/

Volunteer groups are encouraged to apply!

For more information, contact FestivalVolunteer@si.edu

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About Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Location:

PO Box 37012 MRC 520, Washington, DC 20013, US

Mission Statement

Since 1967, the purpose of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has been to collaborate with cultural practitioners, communities, and heritage professionals to spark curiosity, catalyze intercultural exchange, and create participatory experiences that nurture human connection. Through research, curation, live programs, and digital storytelling, the Festival communicates an unwavering commitment to representing diverse cultures as a positive force for cultural equity, inclusivity, and the common good.

Description

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

The Festival takes place for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational presentation that features community-based cultural exemplars. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each Festival typically draws hundreds of thousands of visitors.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Environment
Arts & Culture, Environment

WHEN

Mon Jun 20, 2022 - Mon Jul 04, 2022
10:00 AM - 06:30 PM

WHERE

National MallWashington, DC 20024

(38.87611,-77.01902)
 

SKILLS

  • Environmental Education

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training

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