Volunteer

The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.
— DeAnn Hollis

Volunteers are vital to the success of the Garden and are an integral part of the education program. Please do not hesitate to join us and make a difference in our community! There are many fun opportunities available to participate involving varying degrees of hourly commitment.

  • THE GARDEN DOES NOT ACCEPT COURT REFERRALS.
  • STUDENT OR COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF 20 SATISFACTORY SERVICE HOURS OF SERVICE PRIOR TO BEING SIGNED OFF FOR HOURS OR SERVICE VERIFICATIONS

 

 Perks of Volunteering

  • Get discounts on Garden membership. Volunteers can get an Individual membership for only $15.00
  • Get honored at our Annual Volunteer Dinner
  • Enjoy the comradery of fellow volunteers
  • Learn and experience something new

GARDEN EVENT OPPORTUNITIES

Please fill out the volunteer application below and indicate your area of interest in the ‘Comment’ section of the form. More specific information on each event, program, and project can be provided over the phone and via email.

March                                                         - Cherry Blossom Festival

April                                                            - Membership Tea

May                                                            - Children’s Day

June                                                                                   - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

July                                                                                    - Summer Camp                                                              *Requires a minimum 15 hours/week for three weeks (M-F 12:30-4pm)

August                                                                                 - Obon Festival                                                               - Annual Gala

October                                                                                                       - San Diego Maker Faire                                                                        - Family Day

November                                                                                               - Shi-Chi-Go-San * Volunteers are needed to facilitate photo taking and assist with kimono changing. Background knowledge, or experience in kimono wearing is preferred.

December                                                                                                    - December Nights

For additional volunteer information or other volunteer inquiries, e-mail Sara at volunteer@niwa.org or call us at (619) 232-2781.


SPECIAL PROJECTS, FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM AND GARDEN AMBASSADORS

GARDEN AMBASSADORS

Ambassadors ensure guest safety and provide basic information on the garden in our new canyon area. Training is provided and shifts are available Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, weekly

FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM

Every third Tuesday of the month, the garden is open to San Diego residents for free. Volunteers are needed between 10am-4pm to assist with a rummage sale and free arts and crafts for kids.

PAUL’S PRUNING BASICS

Quarterly events where volunteer relax, beautify the garden, and learn Japanese garden pruning techniques. Contact Sara at volunteer@niwa.org to sign up for the mailing list.

For additional volunteer information or other volunteer inquiries, e-mail Sara at volunteer@niwa.org or call us at (619) 232-2781.


SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS

General Office Assistance:
Assist in photocopying documents
Printing brochures
Data entry
Organizing files
Updating the JFG website

*Qualifications: Basic computer skills including Word and Excel, basic knowledge with copy machines, independent and can-do personality preferred.

Marketing:
Assist with creating promotional material
Promote Garden events and activities
Assist in market research

*Qualifications: excellent written and verbal communication skills, graphic design background preferred, comfortable with various social media platforms.

Membership:
Conduct surveys
Assist with processing membership and renewal forms
Assist with compiling bi-monthly newsletter

*Qualifications: excellent written and verbal communication skills, research skills preferred, must be familiar with google apps.

Collections Management & Exhibitions:
Library archiving
Background/historical research
Exhibit installation and de-installation support
Art reception support

*Qualifications: archiving background, or experience preferred, research skills preferred, must be physically adept for moving objects, installing fixtures.. etc.

School Outreach:
Educators to take the Japanese Friendship Garden’s outreach curriculum to San Diego Schools.

*Qualifications: Experience in education/schools/with children. Comfortable with large groups of children and adults.

For additional volunteer information or other volunteer inquiries, e-mail Sara at volunteer@niwa.org or call us at (619) 232-2781.

 
Banner Photo Credit: Dominic Nepomuceno